Rite Aid Store Managers eliminated

Rite Aid Store Managers eliminated

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Rite Aider

Netherlands

#1 Apr 16, 2013
Rite Aid stores in Tennesse and Kentucky districts have eliminated store managers.
The stores in those districts were grouped into" PODS" of roughly 5 stores. A Multi Store Manager oversees the Assistant Managers who are in charge of the stores.
Most of the store managers were let go, a few were able to step down to assistant manager.
This is the exact same structure that Walgreens has started for the entire company, not just pilot districts like rite Aid
Nike

Keller, TX

#2 Apr 16, 2013
Provide proof. News story?
Ya right-the original

United States

#3 Apr 16, 2013
Pods eh?

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#4 Apr 16, 2013
Where's the link that reveals this information? I wonder why Walgreens would want to follow the tracks of a underperforming company that RiteAid is.

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#5 Apr 16, 2013
From what I understand, this occurred about 3 years ago in a few districts in Tenn, Alabama and Georgia, as a pilot program. It was abandoned within a year. There were links to this over on the Rite-Aid page, but I have been unable to locate them. So I'm not sure if this has been started up again or if the OP is using old news.

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#8 Apr 17, 2013
Confirmed this management structure at the Rite Aid in Cartersville, GA. The manager at this store is the multi store manager of that group of stores. Store managers were let go other than the ones selected as the multi store manager.
Call for yourself and end this debate over store managers being eliminated. It will be the industry standard before long

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#9 Apr 17, 2013
Sounds like they've brought it back from the dead, then.

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#10 Apr 17, 2013
Beenwell wrote:
Confirmed this management structure at the Rite Aid in Cartersville, GA. The manager at this store is the multi store manager of that group of stores. Store managers were let go other than the ones selected as the multi store manager.
Call for yourself and end this debate over store managers being eliminated. It will be the industry standard before long
A local fast food chain has done the same thing. I agree,that others will follow suit.
Mark

Auburn, WA

#11 Apr 18, 2013
Both of the Rite Aid stores in my area are dumps. Junk everywhere, shelves never straightened properly, filthy bathrooms. Looks like a really bad thrift shop. Maybe one cashier up front and NOBODY else on the floor. God help us if Walgreens considers that to be the new "industry standard" or whatever they call it.

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#12 Apr 18, 2013
Cvs stores are mostly dimps in my area as well. Not sure if they are grouping stores into communities.
I don't see how they can't though. You save sooooo much by eliminating store managers
Charliesfriend

Scottdale, PA

#13 Apr 21, 2013
prof wagstaff wrote:
Sounds like they've brought it back from the dead, then.
Store managers have been let go in Virginia as well, it would be smart for Walgreens managers to jump ship ASAP

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#14 Apr 21, 2013
Charliesfriend wrote:
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Store managers have been let go in Virginia as well, it would be smart for Walgreens managers to jump ship ASAP
Yep. My CL says he's heard the rumors that SMs will be going away but doesn't see how that's possible. My SM is looking at anything and everything because he doesn't think he'll have a job in two years. It's the whole reason why I have no desire to move up from ASM to SM. The pay isn't that much more and the bonus sucks.
Pained

Lincoln, NE

#15 Apr 22, 2013
Not a coincidence that ASM was made a "career position" in the new organizational structure. With SM positions gone, can't hardly offer many chances for advancement, now can we?

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#16 Apr 22, 2013
Pained wrote:
Not a coincidence that ASM was made a "career position" in the new organizational structure. With SM positions gone, can't hardly offer many chances for advancement, now can we?
Eactly.

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#17 Apr 22, 2013
*Exactly*

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#18 Apr 24, 2013
Found this on glassdoor.com . This sounds exactly like the structure Walgreens is piecing together

Rite Aid Employee Review

Cons – Low pay. 1-2 % pay increases, if you're lucky. Little chance to advance. Stores are run with very small staffs. Upper management changes yearly, if not more often. Company declining in sales and traffic, while competitors are doing much better. There are no longer Store Managers or Assistant Managers in stores, they are run by Shift Supervisors who now do manager and assistants job for less pay. They are overseen by "Pod Managers" who oversee 5 stores each. Since Managers and Assistants are gone, if you're a shift that is as far as you can advance. When a Pod Manager position has opened they hire from outside the company. Like most retail nowadays, the District Managers tend to "micromanage" and criticise as much as possible. There has been tremendous turnover in the past three years, you never know how long a district manager will last, and each one wants different things. The stores are so low volume now because of all of upper mgts. bad decisions, that they are easy to run, but you will be lonely, as you will run the store by yourself for a long time each day. Working here now is just a job to get by with, not a career, but you can't tell management that of course!
ex wags

Rome, NY

#19 Nov 19, 2013
RacingFan20 wrote:
Where's the link that reveals this information? I wonder why Walgreens would want to follow the tracks of a underperforming company that RiteAid is.
No, walgreens is not following rite aid, they would never do that.. History has shown rite aid follows walgreens.. In 2007 wags started the team lead positions and deleted one of the assistants from the stores, and in 20010 they created what is called a community leader. A community leader is the best performing manager in an area and they oversee the other stores around them. As of right now there are still store managers in the stores but there is talk the store manager position will be deleted and the community leader will be the acting manager for a set of stores called the community (pods as rite aid calls it). Rite aid is still at the bottom of the barrel and their leaders will follow anything other retail pharmacies are doing to try to catch up. The sad part is the employees suffer for their efforts because of the stock holders...
ex wags

Rome, NY

#20 Nov 19, 2013
Beenwell wrote:
Found this on glassdoor.com . This sounds exactly like the structure Walgreens is piecing together
Rite Aid Employee Review
Cons – Low pay. 1-2 % pay increases, if you're lucky. Little chance to advance. Stores are run with very small staffs. Upper management changes yearly, if not more often. Company declining in sales and traffic, while competitors are doing much better. There are no longer Store Managers or Assistant Managers in stores, they are run by Shift Supervisors who now do manager and assistants job for less pay. They are overseen by "Pod Managers" who oversee 5 stores each. Since Managers and Assistants are gone, if you're a shift that is as far as you can advance. When a Pod Manager position has opened they hire from outside the company. Like most retail nowadays, the District Managers tend to "micromanage" and criticise as much as possible. There has been tremendous turnover in the past three years, you never know how long a district manager will last, and each one wants different things. The stores are so low volume now because of all of upper mgts. bad decisions, that they are easy to run, but you will be lonely, as you will run the store by yourself for a long time each day. Working here now is just a job to get by with, not a career, but you can't tell management that of course!
I left wags because of where we moved there is not one within 50 miles so I went to rite aid… Bad decision but at least it’s a pay check. I was EXA with wags and saw a lot of changes and heard of a lot more changes coming and yes they have a lot to do with store managers. It’s the companies’ way of showing an increase for the next year because they will have less payroll. In business the term is called “eating itself from within” AKA constant restructuring to create a false atmosphere of growth. In the real world a constant restructure is a way of hiding where the company is failing from the stockholders.
I have had to start at the bottom with team lead (TL) at RA, the same position the SIMMS were transferred to with wags and it sucks… Management responsibilities with little pay to compensate. The difference is with RA the store managers are little more than babysitters the only control they have is over the employees, the DMs manage the stores and tell the managers what to do. With wags the store managers ran the stores, did all the paper work and merchandised to their market, they were responsible as if the store was their own. As for me I never plan to move past the TL position because the pay is not worth it, I heard the ASM’s at RA are paid $12.00 an hour and that’s nothing compared to the bullshit you have to put up with. Micromanage is an understatement, lol… a wags store manager is better trained than a RA DM, there is a few of us who have worked both worlds and know the difference. MY DM at RA shows up, spouts off enough to justify his job and then leaves… As far as saying anything nice, hang it up they don’t care they just need to justify their position and they do that by micromanaging. The LPDM is the same way, he is good at sending reminder e-mails but nothing more or new then we did ourselves as a wags manager… But as I said, it’s a job and until something better comes along or they raise the minimum wage to $10.10 in 2015 I am staying put... After that I will be making less than min wage so there will be no reason for me to stay... I can get a less stressful job with no responsibilities and no answering to a DM for the same rate, lol…
Would you like fries with that!!! Lol… &#61514;

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#21 Nov 19, 2013
ex wags wrote:
<quoted text> With wags the store managers ran the stores, did all the paper work and merchandised to their market, they were responsible as if the store was their own.
Not sure how long you've been gone from WAG but this is no longer the case. Corporate mandates a large majority of the endstands and merchandising of the store, ordering has been taken out of the SM hands and placed in the hands of the CL and corporate, and most tasks are generated by COMPASS. As I have said before, I'm not sure that the larger stores could go without a SM, but for the smaller stores located in more rural areas, absolutely. ASM, unlike the EXA position, is a career position. PTCB certification is no longer required for the position. It's only required if one plans to try to move up to SM. This tells me that the position of SM, if not going away completely, is in a transitional state, perhaps to one of where the SM becomes more of a RX mgr, not necessarily in making policy and medication decisions, but in the marketing and business management of the pharmacy, almost like a PR or community outreach position.
MNbum

Cottage Grove, WI

#22 Nov 19, 2013
ex wags wrote:
<quoted text>No, walgreens is not following rite aid, they would never do that.. History has shown rite aid follows walgreens.. In 2007 wags started the team lead positions and deleted one of the assistants from the stores, and in 20010 they created what is called a community leader. A community leader is the best performing manager in an area and they oversee the other stores around them. As of right now there are still store managers in the stores but there is talk the store manager position will be deleted and the community leader will be the acting manager for a set of stores called the community (pods as rite aid calls it). Rite aid is still at the bottom of the barrel and their leaders will follow anything other retail pharmacies are doing to try to catch up. The sad part is the employees suffer for their efforts because of the stock holders...
You just pointed out that wags is following riteaid based upon the elimination of the SM and the community leader overseeing numerous stores. Just cause the name is different it still means the same thing. Less payroll of the higher paid positions. Still no increase of stockers/cashiers.....fewer people running the store less expense.

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