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Whole Foods Wage Increase Leads to Shorter Hours

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Ridgewood NJ, something for New Jersey low wage workers to look forward too. In response to public pressure and increasing scrutiny over the pay of its warehouse workers, Amazon enacted a $15 minimum wage for all its employees on 1 November, including workers at grocery chain Whole Foods which it purchased in 2017.

All Whole Foods employees paid less than $15 an hour saw their wages increase to at least that, while all other team members received a $1-an-hour wage increase and team leaders received a $2-an-hour increase.

But since the wage increase, Whole Food employees have told the UK Guardian that they have experienced widespread cuts that have reduced schedule shifts across many stores, often negating wage gains for employees.

“My hours went from 30 to 20 a week,” said one Whole Foods employee in Illinois.

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PSE&G Digging near Whole Foods Shuts Down Ridgewood Merchants

Attached is a picture taken Monday @ 3 PM.

April 25,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, PSE&G was digging on the side of the street near Whole Foods. (Not the middle of the street)The street was completely closed off from the square to the block past Whole Foods. 3 cops seem to be standing around and doing nothing , not sure what they were focusing on , they could have directed some traffic. This picture shows an empty parking lot in front of the store as well as the bank.

This ridiculous condition upset many stores on the street and they all lost tons of business since their customers had no place to even get to any stores since anything close to park, all meters were taken.

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Whole Foods installs Amazon E lockers in Ridgewood ; e future has arrived

Whole Foods installs Amazon E lockers in Ridgewood

November 5,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Whole Foods has installed Amazon E lockers in Ridgewood , e future has arrived. Amazon Lockers are secure, self-service kiosks where customers can pick up Amazon.com packages at a time and place that is convenient for them.

To use an Amazon Locker as your shipping destination, find a Locker and add it to your Amazon address book. Then, during checkout, select the Locker as your shipping address. Once your package has been delivered, we will email you a unique 6 digit code. Simply visit your selected Locker and enter the code on the Locker’s touchscreen, then remove your package after the Locker’s door opens.

Standard shipping rates apply or FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime is available. There is no additional cost to use an Amazon Locker.

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New Bank on Godwin Avenue Near Whole Foods May add to Ridgewood Traffic Woes

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December 18,2016
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, New bank at the site of a former gas station on Godwin just up from Garber square and the Ridgewood train station is starting to look like an accident waiting to happen.
In a recent email a reader pointed out; “How will people drivers try to make a left into their from town side approach Its entrance looks to be right next to the whole foods exit only driveway ..add in a Ped crosswalk right there and you have a problem, Houston. So much for Village planning. A no left turn from town might solve it but the drive thru bank will likely not stand for that, most days traffic comes from town. I’m sure the drive up is a selling point. No problem from midland park side if town nor soft exit towards the train side if people let them merge into the deadman’s curve.”
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Attempted Luring Reported Near Ridgewood Whole Foods

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November 18,2015
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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Poloice report that on Monday, November 10, 2015 a juvenile walking on Godwin Avenue near the Whole Foods market reported that a vehicle traveling West on Godwin Avenue on the opposite side of the street described as a turquoise blue SUV (sport utility vehicle) or Crossover slowed as it passed him. The juvenile was not positive that the operator was speaking to him when he shouted “Get in the car, get in the car” from across the street. There was no attempted physical contact by the alleged actor.

The operator of the vehicle was described as a Hispanic male in his twenties or thirties, clean shaven. Responding patrol units were unable to locate the vehicle, the operator or any witness. We would like remind parents to council their children concerning any contact made with strangers and the possible dangers involved. All incidents, even those where the intentions of the stranger are not clear, should be immediately reported to the police. Quick police notification increases the opportunity for the police to investigate the incidents effectively and determine if any actual threat might be involved. The matter is being investigated by the detective bureau.

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Whole Foods is recalling bulk and packaged Curry Chicken Salad and Classic Deli Pasta Salad

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October 23,2015
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Ridgewood NJ, Whole Foods Market of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is recalling bulk and packaged Curry Chicken Salad and Classic Deli Pasta Salad sold in stores in ME, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY and NJ because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes,

Listeria Monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Consumers should seek immediate medical care if they develop these symptoms.

No illnesses have been reported.

The salads were sold prepackaged, in salad bars, in store’s chef’s cases and in sandwiches and wraps prepared in the stores. The effected products were sold in stores between October 18 and October 22, 2015 and have a “sell by” date of October 23, 2015

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Whole Foods cutting 1,500 jobs

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Hadley Malcolm, USA TODAY4:31 p.m. EDT September 28, 2015

Whole Foods (WFM) is cutting 1,500 jobs over the next two months, or about 1.6% of its workforce, as it focuses on its strategy to lower prices for customers, the grocery chain said Monday.

Shares ended down 1.1% for the day.

The cuts come after Whole Foods added more than 9,000 jobs in the past year. The company said it expects “a significant percentage” of employees being let go to find other jobs among Whole Foods’ open positions, including those available due to more than 100 new stores that are set to open. Whole Foods has about 91,000 employees and 431 stores across the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

“We believe this is an important step to evolve Whole Foods Market in a rapidly changing marketplace,” co-CEO Walter Robb said in a statement. The company also said that the job cuts will let it focus more on upgrading technology.

Whole Foods would not say which specific positions will be cut.

Whole Foods is up against increasing competition in the organic grocery space it once dominated as more mainstream and affordable grocery chains have started selling organic brands. Its reputation has also taken several hits in recent months.

Executives apologized to customers in July for pricing discrepancies that may have been found in the chain’s New York City-area stores. Robb and co-CEO John Mackey admitted to making “some mistakes” after a local investigation alleged Whole Foods was systematically overcharging for certain pre-packaged goods. The two deny that accusation though and said that any mislabeling was “unintentional.”

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/09/28/whole-foods-cutting-1500-jobs/72964692/

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Too Little Too Late: Whole Foods Apologies For Overcharging

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Associated Press
Friday Jul 3, 2015

Whole Foods Market is apologizing to its shoppers for incorrect pricing, a week after a New York investigation found that the natural food grocer routinely overcharged for prepackaged fruits, vegetables and deli meats.

“Straight up, we made some mistakes,” said co-CEO Walter Robb, as he stood beside co-CEO John Mackey in a YouTube video posted Wednesday. “We want to own that.”

Robb and Mackey said that the pricing mistakes were unintentional and that the company will increase its training at stores around the county. Going forward, Whole Foods will give items away for free if customers discover they were overcharged. “We apologize to our customers for any discrepancies that may have occurred,” the company said in blog post.

Last week, New York’s Department of Consumer Affairs said it was expanding its investigation after finding that Whole Foods stores in the city regularly ripped customers off, including overcharging $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp and $4.85 for eight chicken tenders. The department tested 80 types of prepackaged items and found all of them had mislabeled weights. The investigation focused on eight stores in the city.

In a statement, Commissioner Julie Menin said that the Department of Consumer Affairs was “gratified” that Whole Foods admitted to issues with its prepackaged food labels.

http://www.edgeboston.com/style/food_drink/news/180282/too_little_too_late:_whole_foods_apologies_for_overcharging

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Whole Foods in NYC under investigation for overpricing customers

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By Rich Calder and Joe Tacopino

June 24, 2015 | 2:09am

The city Department of Consumer Affairs is investigating Whole Foods for allegedly deceiving customers with incorrect weight-based pricing, the company disclosed Tuesday.

Whole Foods denied the allegations and said it would “refund any items found to have been incorrectly weighed or priced.”

Company spokesman Michael Sinatra said the upscale grocer would never resort to such sleazy tactics.

“Whole Foods Market has never intentionally used deceptive practices to incorrectly charge customers,” Sinatra said in a statement.

http://nypost.com/2015/06/24/whole-foods-under-investigation-for-overpricing-customers/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPFacebook&utm_medium=SocialFlow

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Warren Buffett : “I don’t see smiles on the faces of people at Whole Foods,”

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Buffett Affirms Junk Food, Citing Lack of Smiles at Whole Foods
by Noah Buhayar ,Sonali Basak

Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is the largest investor in Coca-Cola Co. and owns See’s Candies, affirmed his confidence in the market for sugary treats, even as the health costs of sweets become better known.

Buffett, 84, told shareholders at Berkshire’s annual meeting Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska, that happiness is important to longevity and that consumers enjoy Coke products.

“I don’t see smiles on the faces of people at Whole Foods,” he said, citing a grocery chain known for offerings such as almond butter and organic frozen blue curled kale.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-02/buffett-affirms-junk-food-citing-lack-of-smiles-at-whole-foods