I read a story in the paper this morning about how Winn Dixie is closing more stores. This has turned into a yearly tradition for them. They blamed Wal-Mart for their troubles. I have no great love for Wal-Marts business practices, but for W/D to blame their woes on them is wrong. W/D is it’s own worst enemy.
W/D is stuck in a time warp, with their 18th century management style. Winn Dixie’s management is just plain bad. I have seen third world grocery stores that are operated, and maintained, better than W/Ds are.
They treat their employees like dirt and their contractors even worse. In the employee break rooms, posters offer 50-dollar rewards to rat out their co-workers. If they paid their people a little more maybe it would not be such a big problem.
They use the 10-15 year old racks and cases from stores they close; to replace the 30-year-old junk in the ones they keep open. Altec is the controller of choice, that says a lot by itself.
Unless W/Ds management experiences some kind of profound metamorphosis they are doomed. Their only hope would be a buy out by one of the big four or five chains out there. The problem with that, lies with the fact that William Davis’s ancestors don’t want to let go.
They could learn a lot from Publix, they do it better than anyone I have ever seen.