At Whole Foods Market, localization goes well beyond tailoring store assortments. It encompasses sourcing, events, design of the buildings, and decision-making authority to suit the communities it serves, said Walter Robb, co-CEO of the Austin, Texas-based company. “The intelligence of a company lives in the locations, lives within all of the team members, every single one of them,” Robb said in a talk at the recent Global Retailing Conference, an annual event produced by the ...

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