Hy-Vee addresses layoffs in video sent to employees

A 12-minute video sent to Hy-Vee employees Thursday afternoon spells out the number of corporate workers let go and how many were offered a job on the retail side of the company.CEO Randy Edeker and Tina Potthoff, senior vice president of communications, addressed the layoffs and the change in e-commerce for the company in an internal video. In that video, Edeker said 121 positions at the corporate level were eliminated and 102 of those employees were offered jobs in retail. Nineteen workers, all in IT, were not offered new jobs. The West Des Moines-based company has confirmed few details with KCCI, even when asked repeatedly. Since Monday, employees, friends and family members of employees, have contacted KCCI asking about the cuts. Employees who were let go tell KCCI most of the cuts were in the marketing and information technology departments, both remote and in the Helpful Smiles Technology Center in Grimes.“While we are not sure what communication you are receiving or what’s being questioned, Hy- Vee is a strong and vibrant company,” Potthoff told KCCI in a written statement Tuesday. “Like every company, our employee needs ebb and flow to match our business. In the midst of COVID-19, we had to significantly increase our projects across our business. With those projects launched, we have to make sure we remain focused on our stores and providing the best value and quality to our customers.”Potthoff went on to tell KCCI that Hy-Vee is still hiring at the corporate office, retail locations and is expanding its footprint in the Des Moines metro and surrounding areas. Hy-Vee has roughly 93,000 employees across the company, according to Potthoff. In the video shared with employees Thursday, Edeker said the company has 10,000 open positions on the retail side and is working to get those filled. The video also revealed changes to Hy-Vee’s Aisles Online program. Edeker said the company plans to centralize those operations at certain stores. Eighty-eight percent of e-commerce happens at 117 stores, according to Edeker. The other 200 stores split the remaining 12%.KCCI reached out to Hy-Vee for comment again on Thursday, but did not hear back. Previous coverage:

A 12-minute video sent to Hy-Vee employees Thursday afternoon spells out the number of corporate workers let go and how many were offered a job on the retail side of the company.

CEO Randy Edeker and Tina Potthoff, senior vice president of communications, addressed the layoffs and the change in e-commerce for the company in an internal video.

In that video, Edeker said 121 positions at the corporate level were eliminated and 102 of those employees were offered jobs in retail. Nineteen workers, all in IT, were not offered new jobs.

The West Des Moines-based company has confirmed few details with KCCI, even when asked repeatedly.

Since Monday, employees, friends and family members of employees, have contacted KCCI asking about the cuts.

Employees who were let go tell KCCI most of the cuts were in the marketing and information technology departments, both remote and in the Helpful Smiles Technology Center in Grimes.

“While we are not sure what communication you are receiving or what’s being questioned, Hy-Vee is a strong and vibrant company,” Potthoff told KCCI in a written statement Tuesday. “Like every company, our employee needs ebb and flow to match our business. In the midst of COVID-19, we had to significantly increase our projects across our business. With those projects launched, we have to make sure we remain focused on our stores and providing the best value and quality to our customers.”

Potthoff went on to tell KCCI that Hy-Vee is still hiring at the corporate office, retail locations and is expanding its footprint in the Des Moines metro and surrounding areas. Hy-Vee has roughly 93,000 employees across the company, according to Potthoff.

In the video shared with employees Thursday, Edeker said the company has 10,000 open positions on the retail side and is working to get those filled.

The video also revealed changes to Hy-Vee’s Aisles Online program. Edeker said the company plans to centralize those operations at certain stores. Eighty-eight percent of e-commerce happens at 117 stores, according to Edeker. The other 200 stores split the remaining 12%.

KCCI reached out to Hy-Vee for comment again on Thursday, but did not hear back.

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