John Rhodes says ...
The words are wonderful but I personally know employees of Whole Foods and the pay is too low.
05/23/2010 2:31:49 PM CDT
Peter says ...
I have been shopping at organic supermarkets since the 80's, first one was started by a heart surgeon, then Fresh Fields came along and finally Whole Foods. The atmosphere at Whole Foods is very inviting and "real". You can tell the employees enjoy working there and I have come to personally know a half dozen over the years, it is almsot like a home away from home. Whenever a corporation gets to a certain size it invariably attracts attention from detractors. I was shocked when the government tried to classify organic food as a market distinguishable from food in general and used this to form the basis of anti-trust action. Have they forgotten that we as consumers have a choice (one not granted by our government)? Veronica (in this blog) claims that my generation owes a debt to social engineering programs like social security. What an apt characterization for a Ponzi like scheme that is bankrupting the country. The early adopters make out like bandits, the latecomers end up paying far more into it than they receive. Public caretakers also contribute to the disintegration of families who foist their members on to the government dole. Look at the recent history in Sweden where parents often see their children and the elderly as burdens. Whole Foods has done a great deal to empower their workers, I'd like to see the same approach used for their clientele. While the feedback from sales is a good yardstick it doesn't account for what is not in place, e.g., what is Whole Foods not providing that could increase market share? The paradigm of supermarkets is mostly just selling food, there has been some expansion via cooking classes, I'd like to see more in that direction. A business that educates its consumers gets a boost in revenues as this knowledge translates into an appreciation for products previously overlooked (as most of us fall into consumption patterns). As a runner I noticed that WF sponsers a lot of races, why not have a cooking demonstration at a race with suggested diets for runners? Or...a healthy cooking class series for physically active adults. Ah well, I'm rambling...thanks. Peter
06/18/2010 3:32:01 PM CDT
david says ...
Fairness in all things. " It is essential that the ethic of fairness apply to all key organizational processes such as HIRING,promotion,compensation, discipline and termination" Sound familiar? This is one where you talk the talk but dont walk the walk.
10/28/2010 3:12:20 PM CDT
russ says ...
the American Empire is in decline and much needs to happen in the country to prevent the inevitable. Every empire in history has risen and fallen - and until we create a new and inspiring goverment that isnt corrupt, I am afraid we all face futuristic hardships
11/30/2010 4:28:09 PM CST
DeBethune says ...
Admit it. We all feel a touch of awe when someone has it: the CEO title. The power, the salary, and the chance to Be The Boss. It’s worthy of awe! But a CEO is responsible for the success or failure of the company - Operations, marketing, strategy, financing, creation of company culture, human resources, hiring, firing, compliance with safety regulations, sales, PR, etc.—it all falls on the CEO’s shoulders. Many don’t know what their job should be, and few of those can pull it off well though.
02/24/2011 6:20:10 AM CST
Holly Loberg says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, I have been reading extensively about Whole Foods recently, and I find your business philosophies and strategies fascinating. Why? Because in my opinion, there are so many blind followers out there wearing leaders' masks but you are different than the majority. You are are taking stands on issues that most CEO's are afraid to tackle, supporting the goodness our world and everyone within it deserves. This statement, in particular, really resonates with me: "We will need to evolve the cultures of our organization in ways that create processes, strategies, and structures that encourage higher levels of trust. These will necessarily include the important ideals of teams, empowerment, transparency, authentic communication, fairness, love and care." With a vision similar to yours, I am currently developing a community service project that I am very passionate about and have been working to see through to fruition in the southeast end of Columbus, Ohio. This project addresses a variety of local needs and related humanitarian efforts and would not only produce employment opportunities, but would support all aspects of health and wellness through a unique and specific faith-based small business mission. The second stage of this project includes developing a viable online presence that will simultaneously connect other communities in this same fashion. With healthy food and products as its backdrop, I envision this project to go hand in hand with some of the very core principles adhered to at Whole Foods. Curiously, would you be interested in speaking with me about a possible partnership in some way? I humbly and sincerely thank you for your time and consideration of this matter. Take care and God Bless!
06/17/2012 9:28:46 PM CDT
Holly Burgin says ...
Since this seems to be the only forum in which I can contact you, I am happy to identify this blog where you discuss trust, transparency and authentic communication, because apparently this is not your policy with regard to GMOs. Up until now I had reason to believe the WholeFoods mission and the policies that are espoused in this blog. But since WholeFoods has taken the luke warm, half step of supporting California Proposition 37 with "reservations" I now must question all of the above and the commitment to the following standard: "We seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture." You can't be half pregnant. Either you are all in or you are lying to your consumer base that relies on you for 100% transparency in labeling natural foods. Furthermore Whole Foods should be financially supporting the Proposition 37 campaign in a BIG way (regardless of your so called policy re political contributions) rather than hedging your company position and continuing to perpetuate untruths about the proposition and labeling GMSs. I am rethinking my willingness to shop at Whole Foods. With so many other alternatives now available, including local farmers markets, Trader Joe's (who have their own issues) organic produce offered at the major chain groceries and the internet, why should I pay the extra dollars to shop at Whole Foods when you are no better than the other corporations that put dividends ahead of the interests of their customer base.
10/04/2012 11:56:26 AM CDT