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Whole Foods plan could hurt local suppliers

Efficiency is generally good for businesses, but changes meant to streamline decision-making at Amazon-acquired Whole Foods could hurt local suppliers. Starting in 2018 the retailer plans to change the way it allows companies to sell and market products in stores, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

At the core of the change is a shift toward a more centralized decision-making process, which is expected to make things more efficient but also cut down on variety. Additionally, the company's nearly 500 locations will no longer allow brand representatives to promote products, according to the report.

It's expected that standardizing operations and prices will increase Whole Foods' sales, which saw a boost after the merger went through and prices were lowered throughout the store, according to WSJ. 

Whole Foods had initiated some of the changes prior to the merger; however, but the process has been expedited now that Amazon is involved.