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Whole Foods is keeping more of its projects under wraps, according to insiders.
“I’ve been in meetings where I’ve been asked to leave,” a corporate employee at Whole Foods’ global headquarters in Austin, Texas, told Business Insider.
Whole Foods’ chief information officer, Jason Buechel, discussed the shift to less transparency in a company-wide meeting on Tuesday.
“One of the things that’s a little different is we’re not able to be as transparent as what we were before,” he said, according to audio of the meeting obtained by Business Insider.
He said it’s a “pivot” for Whole Foods’ culture, but said the “art of surprise” is “helping the company substantially” by building up buzz around new projects.
The shift could have been influenced by Amazon, which has used a similar tactic to create massive buzz around its search for the site of its second headquarters.

Whole Foods is becoming a more secretive company under Amazon’s ownership, according to insiders.

The company is keeping more of its projects under wraps, and in some cases, it’s asking employees to leave meetings that might reveal information about those projects, a corporate employee at Whole Foods’ global headquarters in Austin, Texas, told Business Insider.

“I’ve been in meetings where I’ve been asked to leave,” this person, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, told Business Insider. “They will tell some of us to step out before they continue conversations.”

This type of secrecy is new for Whole Foods, which has traditionally had a laid-back culture that emphasizes openness and transparency, this person said.

Whole Foods Chief Information Officer Jason Buechel discussed the shift to less transparency in a company-wide meeting held in Austin on Tuesday.

He said it’s a “pivot” for Whole Foods’ culture, but said the “art of surprise” is “helping the …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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