Will centralized buying make Whole Foods a more formidable competitor?
Interactive Edge’s CEO, Zel Bianco comments:
Centralized buying does not seem to fit the theme of local sources including farmers, brewers, etc. Stopping the practice of brand reps in-store that allow these smaller players to promote their products also flies in the face of what Whole Foods is supposed to be. I guess it is too early to tell, but I don’t like some of the decisions being made and am starting to feel that the Whole Foods we knew and loved (except for some of the prices) will eventually be gone.