Kroger lays off 93 part-time pharmaci...

Kroger lays off 93 part-time pharmacists in Columbus area store...

There are 112 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Feb 26, 2010, titled Kroger lays off 93 part-time pharmacists in Columbus area store.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Kroger this week laid off 93 part-time pharmacists at stores in the Columbus market, citing increased competition and a still struggling economy as the reason.

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-Paul

Montgomery, AL

#1 Feb 26, 2010
Another local business removing people from the workforce. And we wonder why we're in a recession with people unable to circulate money through the economy. Don't believe the hype that the recession is over.
xxx

Westmont, IL

#2 Feb 26, 2010
Maybe they can go to Walgreen's for a job.
Walgreen's is getting slowwwwww and never have enough help.
BS Detective

United States

#3 Feb 26, 2010
-Paul wrote:
Another local business removing people from the workforce. And we wonder why we're in a recession with people unable to circulate money through the economy. Don't believe the hype that the recession is over.
I don't see it that way. More and more people are getting their meds by mail. Most insurance companies push for it as do Medicare supplement programs. I don't think this has anything to do with the economy, Kroger is losing business to mail order, plain and simple. I think you're going to see a lot fewer brink and mortar pharmacies in the coming years, especially when the majority of baby boomers are on Medicare.
Chris

Columbus, OH

#4 Feb 26, 2010
Hopefully this will lead to less drug dependency down the road. It is so overkill in this country. ---wishful thinking.
Jim

Hilliard, OH

#5 Feb 26, 2010
Insurance Companies are mandating Mail order via copays. For some drugs its 33% in store $200-$300) or $40.00 for a 90 day supply via mail order so the answer is simple.
Timmy

Columbus, OH

#6 Feb 26, 2010
way to care for the community Kroger! Everyone who complains about layoffs and not buying products from companies that layoff people, better boycott Kroger!
Joe

Columbus, OH

#7 Feb 26, 2010
Timmy wrote:
way to care for the community Kroger! Everyone who complains about layoffs and not buying products from companies that layoff people, better boycott Kroger!
Give me a break. You have no clue what you're talking about.
Collateral Damage

Lewis Center, OH

#8 Feb 26, 2010
Timmy wrote:
way to care for the community Kroger! Everyone who complains about layoffs and not buying products from companies that layoff people, better boycott Kroger!
Is it cocktail hour already?
bunk

Bayside, NY

#11 Feb 26, 2010
So thats how they do it these days lay people off and give them the hope of coming back and no benefits. Kroger Sucks !
Red White Blue

United States

#12 Feb 26, 2010
As a conservative, a Christian, a Republican and a proponent of the Capitalist Free Enterprise System, I applaud Kroger for adjusting its work force to address market conditions. Clearly, lower cost competitors, such as Wal-Mart or through-the-mail services are delivering prescription drugs to customers in a lower cost, or more convenient manner. If socialists were allowed to tie the hands of private industry from hiring and firing at will, then we would not enjoy the benefits of lower costs and better service in the long term. I support the United States of America AND the Free Enterprise System!
-Paul

Montgomery, AL

#13 Feb 26, 2010
BS Detective wrote:
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I don't see it that way. More and more people are getting their meds by mail. Most insurance companies push for it as do Medicare supplement programs. I don't think this has anything to do with the economy, Kroger is losing business to mail order, plain and simple. I think you're going to see a lot fewer brink and mortar pharmacies in the coming years, especially when the majority of baby boomers are on Medicare.
"Kroger this week laid off 93 part-time pharmacists at stores in the Columbus market, citing increased competition and a still struggling economy as the reason." Granted, competition of mail order pharmacy is ONE reason but Kroger itself also cited a struggling economy. So see it that way or not, that is a key component to the company's decision. Again, 93 people removed from the workforce. Victims of the ECONOMY.
confused

United States

#14 Feb 26, 2010
is it just me or does it seem sorta messed up that they won't offer a severance pay because they "might" be called back to work? I feel like that is just a way to get out of paying them severance, that kinda sucks! Do they really think they will actually call the people back?
Timmy

Columbus, OH

#15 Feb 26, 2010
Joe wrote:
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Give me a break. You have no clue what you're talking about.
Go on...
Wayne

Reynoldsburg, OH

#16 Feb 26, 2010
Krogers other problem is that there prices are high compared to other grocery stores especially compared to places such as meijer and walmart. Not going to do grocery shopping in one spot and then go to another store just to get a prescription when that store offers no benefit over the one I am already at. And, Kroger is the closest grocery store to our home.

Lower your prices Kroger, your getting ridiculous. Your stores are "pretty" but not worth all the extra cash to shop there.
Dirk

Columbus, OH

#17 Feb 26, 2010
LMAO @ Kroger and all the crap they call food in that store.
RPh

Cleveland, OH

#19 Feb 26, 2010
Kroger is doing what it needs to do to stay competitive. As an RPh in the retail industry - a part time pharmacist is typically a secondary income in a family (thus their layoff will have a lesser impact on the economy). Also, there a plenty of full-time pharmacist positions in the market. The part-part time pharmacist is working part-time hours in order to ensure they have the schedule that meets their needs. Kroger's actions amount to trimming the fat - keeping the full-time RPh's working and getting rid of the less flexible part-time help. This may be a result of Kroger's decision making as well as the current economy. However, this will affect Kroger's competitiveness significantly and the local economy minimally.
Dumbocrat Scum iz Krazee

Powell, OH

#20 Feb 26, 2010
RPh wrote:
Kroger is doing what it needs to do to stay competitive. As an RPh in the retail industry - a part time pharmacist is typically a secondary income in a family (thus their layoff will have a lesser impact on the economy). Also, there a plenty of full-time pharmacist positions in the market. The part-part time pharmacist is working part-time hours in order to ensure they have the schedule that meets their needs. Kroger's actions amount to trimming the fat - keeping the full-time RPh's working and getting rid of the less flexible part-time help. This may be a result of Kroger's decision making as well as the current economy. However, this will affect Kroger's competitiveness significantly and the local economy minimally.
I just don't understand this mentality people have where they can't add and subtract numbers. If Kroger doesn't have enough money in the checking account or enough work for them to do, it can't continue to pay them!

The people who don't understand this basic concept should try it themselves. GO HIRE ONE OF THESE PHARMACISTS YOURSELVES! Put them in the front yard, at pay them to do their thing. Oh, so you say you don't own a pharmacy, don't need them and can't afford to pay them? What do you think Kroger has to deal with?

It's ludicrous when people are so ignorant that they don't understand basic arithmetic.
Timmy

Columbus, OH

#21 Feb 26, 2010
Dumbocrat Scum iz Krazee wrote:
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Why don't you go hire one of those pharmacists and pay their salary out of your own pocket, if you're so generous.
Who said I was generous? Certainly not me. Simply pointing out the fact of people who normally complain about boycotting companies who lay off workers.
John

United States

#22 Feb 26, 2010
This is typical of the way Krogers handles their employees all across the country, no matter what name is being used for their stores. Hiring them part time gives them no benefits, and now, because Krogers lies and says they have a chance to return in some distant future, they're out on the streets and on their backs because of one more corporate Devil in America.

If you're the spouse of a Kroger manager or in any and all upper level jobs at Kroger's, please insist your spouses act ethically in the work place, and make them do it. If you're a pastor at their church, you must speak out whenever any corporate bigwig acts against the interests of fellow Human Beings.

Until good people soeak out against Evil, it will continue.

Shame on us all.

Better yet, as of today, I will be boycotting Krogers until they right the wrongs against all their employees, or hell freezes over.

Whichever comes first.
Fritz

Columbus, OH

#24 Feb 26, 2010
Shame on Kroger

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