Whole Foods looks to streamline business processes, increase efficiency

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) is contemplating moving more backstage decisions to its home base in Austin, Texas, taking some of that workload away from individual store managers. The grocer said it will still allow individual regions the flexibility in marketing, but more decisions could be moved to the home office.

"We're gradually looking at moving more of the back side of things that support the business to Austin because it doesn't make sense doing [the same things] 12 times. It just makes sense [to centralize some functions], and that's where we expect to pick up some efficiencies. And frankly the operators are happy to let some of those things go," co-CEO Walter E. Robb told the UBS Global Consumer Conference Wednesday in New York. Story