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Ana Quiros says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, Will you be participating at the World Summit- Rio+20, this comming June? Having read some of your other publications too, I´m certain your participation in this world forum will greatly enhance the discussion on "Green Economy and porverty erradication" and provide very interesting food for thought! If you are indeed participating at the Rio event, please point me to the link where I will find the information to follow your intervention. Saludos and blessings from Costa Rica. Ana
05/15/2012 8:44:37 PM CDT
Louise Eliason says ...
Thank you, Mr. Mackey First, for writing the most lucid, solutions-based and hopeful piece on America's economy and prosperity that I've read. And second, for making this available in a space where anyone with a like-minded interest in great quality of life, products, and service can further benefit by your insight as to how to re-ignite, create and sustain those core values in America. Please keep it up.
06/10/2012 5:13:26 PM CDT
Nick says ...
I just wanted to say that I agree that the benefit of increased economic growth can be increasing our lifespan and quality of life, however many industries which may look good on paper for economic growth are creating negative externalities (such as pollution) which more than offsets the benefit of the economic growth. I am very happy that Whole Foods, however, is committed to creating nothing but positive externalities with its business, being the second biggest supporter of wind energy along with only selling foods that promote a healthy lifestyle. The world is lucky to have a business like yours. BY THE WAY, please open more stores in MINNESOTA! MINNESOTANS are eco-conscious and I think I can speak for the entire state when I say we value fresh, healthy foods more than most of the United States. Please open more stores in the Twin Cities area, I'm sure investing in the most bike-friendly, healthy city in the U.S.A. will reap nothing but great rewards for your business.
06/16/2012 4:08:23 PM CDT
Fran Leach says ...
Thank you for this article. Please run for President!
06/19/2012 2:42:56 PM CDT
Jamie says ...
COMPLETELY agree! Thank you for your voice of reason. Is there a politician out there who subscribes to these beliefs? I have not seen one ...
07/11/2012 8:37:38 AM CDT
David Eller says ...
Any time you can show a way to increase government revenues and grow the economy at the same time, that makes sense to me. I liked your section on a way tested elsewhere to do just that. Cutting capital gains tax I think has similar effects. More new businesses are formed and assets that have had capital gains will be sold sooner and more often. Both make the economy more dynamic faster moving, and grow. Taxing soft drinks and ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils does this also. So does taxing tobacco products of all kinds. Other taxes tend to slow the economy but; these taxes save more from medical care costs avoided than the money they raise! People are still free to buy these things but it causes lower medical care costs while the people who continue pay part of the added medical care costs now that they will add to our economy later. I like Whole Foods and shopping at my local Whole Foods for another reason that relates to a stronger economy. Something like half the current spending on health care is caused by completely avoidable diseases. Worse, those costs are rising. This is acting as a giant brake on our economy preventing jobs everywhere else in it from being created. Thanks to a generation brought up to think of soft drinks and 3 or 4 packaged snacks and desserts a day as normal, this problem could cause such health care costs it could leave us with more sick people and an even sicker economy. Whole Foods is doing something about this by carrying supplements and organic foods and meat and eggs from animals fed their normal diet instead of grain. You've been doing a great job on that. I really thank you for it personally! But you are also helping preserve future job creation by doing so as well.
08/03/2012 12:08:32 PM CDT
Claudia Green says ...
I have read and believe a lot of what you are bringing up. There are big changes coming in our economic system, what has worked in the past does not work anymore. I wonder what Whole Foods can do to reach out to our local communities more? I recognize that Whole Foods attempts to include local farmers and businesses. I appreciate that attempt deeply! I am a Montessori teacher and feel there could be so much more done with children to educate them toward understanding where food comes from and how we can learn to grow into a more healthy world/environment through growing our own food. I wonder where I might go or who i might talk to about the possibility of creating urban gardens in and around local stores with WF helping to finance and employ those willing to step up for this cause? I would like to send you my resume and let you know the seriousness I feel with educating from the ground up!! Thank you for your time. Claudia Green Claudiagreen.green@gmail.com
08/17/2012 11:19:46 AM CDT
JerryP says ...
AMEN!
09/14/2012 2:17:51 PM CDT
Jack Breeden says ...
Mr. Mackey, After considerable research I have not been able to find a direct email to you. I therefore am posting this on the blog in hopes of getting some response. I represent a company that is concerned with some of the same issues that you seem to be concerned with. I have a partial solution that we have developed over the last three years that will help the American consumer and create jobs in Central Texas. I would like an opportunity to sit down with you and discuss this project or possibly obtain your email. I know that you may guard you email as to prevent spam as I do mine. I am willing to place mine out here in hopes of hearing from you or someone that reads your blog concerned with the beef, fish, and produce that we grow here in Texas and creating jobs here. Thank you, Jack Breeden Freedom Family Ranches jack@freedomranches.com
09/27/2012 10:40:39 PM CDT
Thomas Schmitzer says ...
Mr. Mackey, The views you profess are spot on and it's been inspirational to me to have a vocal, philisophically sound CEO running a business I LOVE to patronize. However, it is quite disturbing to me to hear recently that you and other Whole Foods executive have contributed to Tom Vilsack, a known Monsanto lobbyist. Monsanto is the anti-thesis of a free market. Regardless of whether you think their seeds are good or bad, they clearly infect others property and violate their civil liberties. They use governement to distort intellectual property laws to broaden their monopoly. I do not care if Whole Foods knowingly sells GMO, as buyer should ALWAYS be aware, but am deeply disturbed by Whole Foods contributing to political campaings to gain favor, especially with politicians they claim to be philisophically opposed. Are you Jim Taggart or Ellis Wyatt?
10/06/2012 9:11:43 AM CDT
Misterioso Adversario says ...
" One hundred years ago the total cost of government at all levels in the U.S.—local, state and federal—was only 8% of our GDP. In 2010, it was 40%" And in 1912 the population of the United Stated was 95 million, in 2010 the population is nearly 313 million. I am not sure what bizarro world you live in where a near triplication of the population results in the same cost to maintain the government for said population.
10/18/2012 6:10:33 PM CDT
Lisa Collins says ...
I am an HR student at Capella, and I have chosen your excellent company for study. Please, help! I need to reasearch your stance regarding the labor conditions in regard to shortages. May I email my questions? The excellent article, above, I could not find a forum for labor supply issues.
10/26/2012 10:12:45 AM CDT
Lisa Collins says ...
I am an HR student at Capella, and I have chosen your excellent company for study. Please, help! I need to reasearch your stance regarding the labor conditions in regard to shortages. May I email my questions? The excellent article, above, I could not find a forum for labor supply issues.
10/26/2012 10:12:52 AM CDT
Meghan Jayne Priest says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, As luck would have it, and despite a Master's degree and other hopes of a glamourous career in entertainment, I am currently applying for a position at one of your stores opening up in the Denver area. I must say, the more I research your company, the more I am impressed with your mission statement and commitment to bettering our nation. This is an excellent article about the state of our country's economy, and clear actions we can take as a country and as individuals to better our current situation. As an entrepreneur myself, I am grateful to have mentors and strong voices such as you. Regardless of whether I become a part of your team, I wanted to let you know that as an avid customer and now, presumably, one of your 'fans' I would even suggest that you run for President someday. Forgive me if that sounds a bit obsequious, I was just pleasantly surprized to find this blog to be so insightful and informative. Anyway, it's just a thought. Thank you for being you! Kind Regards, Meghan
11/02/2012 8:22:00 PM CDT
Meghan Jayne Priest says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, As luck would have it, and despite a Master's degree and other hopes of a glamourous career in entertainment, I am currently applying for a position at one of your stores opening up in the Denver area. I must say, the more I research your company, the more I am impressed with your mission statement and commitment to bettering our nation. This is an excellent article about the state of our country's economy, and clear actions we can take as a country and as individuals to better our current situation. As an entrepreneur myself, I am grateful to have mentors and strong voices such as you. Regardless of whether I become a part of your team, I wanted to let you know that as an avid customer and now, presumably, one of your 'fans' I would even suggest that you run for President someday. Forgive me if that sounds a bit obsequious, I was just pleasantly surprized to find this blog to be so insightful and informative. Anyway, it's just a thought. Thank you for being you! Kind Regards, Meghan
11/02/2012 8:32:19 PM CDT
William Tucker says ...
I worked in Washington D.C. for 20 years. I know the truth. The middle class has been harvested, and their jobs sent overseas....because Labor votes Democratic..... Mackey is clueless and is being used by Karl Rove, he didn't even know that the Heritage Foundation was originally founded by Nazis in America....which would include Karl Rover and the Bush families und frends... It makes me sad, when "the good guys" get used by the bad guys......Mr. Mackey Rupert Murdoch doesn't like hearing the truth....I gotta feeling that his post will never see the light of day....you're being used and you are of no use to America in that role. You might as well be the lead goat with a bell on leading the sheep to slaughter.... Grow up and grow a pair, I already told you this before. Quit playing at being smart.
11/02/2012 10:32:49 PM CDT
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11/06/2012 1:57:30 PM CST
Ted Miller says ...
Hello Mr Mackey, I read your blog with great interest. There are so many very large conversations in the material you have presented. I have been a customer of Whole Foods since the store opened in Palo Alto Ca. sometime in the 1980s. I was impressed very much in those days with the notes that were placed near products, especially produce, regarding the real facts of commercial food, transitional food, and organic. I knew that I could trust Whole Foods to tell the truth and I have shopped there as an investment in the future of the planet. Today I was saddened by a conversation with two people who work at one of the Bay Area stores. They work in the coffee house area and I noticed there was no tip jar. I like to tip when there is good service in a direct service situation and I was told that the tip jar was removed because the people at the top didn't want customers to feel uncomfortable at 'having' to tip. I have the sense that this is not the actual reason although it is probably one consideration. It would be interesting to hear the real answer if there is another. I have noticed that the stores have become more standardized. That is my impression. I am happy to be wrong about any of this, I am just offering my thoughts as they relate to your blog. The people at the coffee bar said that they had only one type of espresso beans when a woman said that her cappuccino was too bitter. There was no lee way for the person on the spot to offer an alternate. I am aware of the concept of economics of scale and some of the challenges that occur when a company grows larger and larger. Just the conversation regarding management principles and what business is for are so vast that I can't begin to address them in this space. It all gets down to knowing what works. If we do know what works then it is good to do it. If we don't know what works and we think we do we are in big trouble. I think that is the fundamental situation we are in all over the world. When has a politician admitted they were wrong? When have CEO's of companies admitted they did something unethical? It happens, and the rarity of it is the point. I love this country and I am very grateful to the founders and their families for making it happen. The way I see it we don't tell the truth enough in the public debate. It is polluted. It is impossible to have a conversation for an issue base on the facts. All these areas you offer ideas on are not too much different than global warming. There are people in Congress just now coming around to admit that maybe there is something to it. I am sorry for seeming to ramble. This is just an unfamiliar way to interact with someone concerning such important issues. There is a sense to things which is very difficult to offer here. I do better with feedback as I go. I am not saying you are lying in your blog. I am making a point about the basis for conversations being so much about reform this, reform that. We do need reform. No one agrees on the nature of the reform. The argument goes on and on. If you think about it, when that happens it is because the actual issue isn't being addressed. That is what the big conversations are. They look to see what is the real issue. When the actual issue is addressed things move quickly and effectively. I will stop here. I thank you for your blog and the opportunity to respond.
11/23/2012 11:40:34 PM CST
Monique says ...
[SENT TO MORGAN - NN] Greetings John, As a former employee of whole foods (4 years) I can definitely attest to the company's openness in providing jobs and economic growth for people. I've witnessed it first hand during my stint as a supervisor in customer service. I've always believed in the whole foods standard of quality natural food and team member growth encouragement. With that said, I am disturbed at the difficulty in which I have been having in being rehired in your Indiana store. There are signs on the front door advertising 'we're hiring'. The career page posts job positions of which I am well qualified. I left whole foods a few years ago in good standing. I shop at whole foods literally every week and I keep getting the 'run around' from your staff. I call the 'leads' that your staff give me and each person puts the responsibility off onto someone else, saying ''I'm not responsible for applications..." I received a rejection email from some recruiting team saying "I'm not qualified" for any of the positions I applied for. Every week I shop there I've been meeting new cashiers. When I was a supervisor for whole foods we talked to people, we interviewed people many times giving 'on the spot' interviews, we went through the applications. And now this application process is handled by some 'recruiting team'. When i was a supervisor in Atlanta my team members called me "miss whole foods'. I was always shopping there, talking up the products, helping out with demos, I used the products from personal items to the food, I came to work ready, every product in my household is from whole foods. What better person to have on staff than that? It's not just a job for me, it's a lifestyle I live everyday. Would you assist me in reaching a resolution to this? I know my passion and enthusiasm for what whole foods provides I am qualified for front end and much more with your company. I apologize for using this forum to reach you, however, your website does not provide access to you.
11/29/2012 10:59:00 AM CST
James Bennie says ...
Quite refreshing and inspiring. Now is the time to work toward that goal. Thank you.
12/01/2012 11:17:08 AM CST
Andey says ...
In response to creating jobs, apparently Tesco is selling their Fresh and Easy stores. We have a couple here in Burbank, CA. One is fairly large and would be great to have a Whole Foods close by. Maybe it's something your company can consider.
12/06/2012 2:30:19 AM CST
Steve Dickey says ...
I truly appreciate a balanced, sensible discussion of economic policy, from one with a first hand experience in creating jobs by answering a consumer need and want, and delivering the same in the way their customers wish. This very basic execution of capitalism is what brought this country from nothing to the world leader. Reasonable taxation, for the purposes outlined in our founding documents will mantain the infrastructure needed to allow continued growth and civic needs. Nationally, defence (including border control), global commerce equality, national transportation ( interstates, airways, and rail), then relegation of all else to the states. Unfortunately, most Americans do not understand that NO BUISNESS PAYS TAXES . The basic premis of capitalism is that the price of your goods and/or services must include ALL costs, plus the "seed corn" you mention in your mission statement. All costs INCLUDE all taxes- they are a cost of buisness! So, when the government increases taxes on buisness, that increase is just rolled back into the price of goods or services. This, effectively, passes that increase to the end consumer. For neccessities, this amounts to a progressive tax, as essentials are a larger percentage of lower income people's budget! Since all commerce eventually impacts lifes essentials, all buisness taxes are, by definition, regressive.
12/14/2012 4:49:22 PM CST
Susan Manchin says ...
Mr. Mackey, You are an inspiration! We need more people like you to stand up for the values of capitalism. Our financial decline is partially due to politicians telling people what they want to hear. We need more business leaders in government. Business owners often feel pressure to follow the popular opinion-we need strong leaders- not weak appeasers.
01/03/2013 5:23:22 PM CST

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