Meijer Continues to Streamline Its ITS Department
WALKER, MI – After making moves to streamline its information technology services (ITS) department this August, Meijer Inc. is reportedly continuing to restructure its tech operations, laying off employees and transitioning positions previously held within the company to outside firms.
“We are making changes to our ITS structure that will enable us to provide even more solutions in both the digital and physical space for Meijer customers,” Chief Information Officer Terry Ledbetter said in a statement about the company’s partnership with IBM. “Other changes include realignment of some teams and the elimination of some current roles. We are working closely with those affected by this change to help them through this process.”
Michigan-based business news source MiBiz reported that the retailer is continuing to streamline by both laying workers of and by “redbadging” employees; 113 redbadged employees will continue to work on Meijer’s corporate campus, but will now be employed by tech giant IBM Corp. Another 65 employees were terminated this week.
These changes come on top of the 46 layoffs and 25 employee transfers undertaken in August. And MiBiz’s internal sources noted that Meijer’s internal ITS department will be paired down to approximately 300 employees by the end of the year.
Will the retailer’s recent moves pay dividends as more grocers look to online selling for the future of fresh produce? AndNowUKnow will continue to report.