The shareholders hold a low importance level because

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expansion into international markets. The shareholders hold a low importance level because one single shareholder will not cause a large dent in capital supply. Suppliers hold a high power/low importance status. Suppliers provide Whole Foods with the products that customers are looking for all within one single location. These suppler, acquired mainly through acquisitions and mergers, have a high power because they are the product Whole Foods sells. If the suppliers do not provide products of superior quality the entire organization suffers and customers may have different perceptions in regards to quality. Suppliers hold a low importance status because although one supplier can make a slight difference is discontinuance of a product occurs, Whole Foods has a vast array of supplier from which it can bring products for customers.
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Another stakeholder is Whole Foods’ employees. Employees at Whole Foods hold a high power/low importance level of authority. Employees hold high power when it comes to decision making and ensuring that customers receive the highest quality of help and service. These employees hold a low importance status because although every single employee is dedicated to providing the highest quality of help and service they can be replaced. Although employees are committed to teamwork they are low importance because their decisions do not decide where Whole Foods will invest or whether Whole Foods should continue expanding internationally. The environment is another Whole Foods stakeholder. The environment holds a low power/high importance status. The environment does not dictate whether Whole Foods will cut spending or decide to continue purchasing additional small food supply companies. Although the environment holds a low power status it doe however hold a high importance status. The environment is of importance to all organizations. This is especially true for organizations such as Whole Foods because their ultimate goal is to help people eat better more natural/organic foods. Organic foods do not use synthetic fertilizers and other chemicals that harm the environment. Whole Foods offers only organic products and must constantly take the environment into consideration when making decisions. The United States government is also a Whole Foods stakeholder. The government hold high importance/low power status. High power because the government can enforce new legislation that can impact the continued operations and possible revenue. Government can also raise fees and other charges for operations and selling FDA approved products. The US government is of low importance because the government does not affect Whole Foods internal decision and structural changes. The government does not decide whether Whole Foods purchases additional competitors or reorganizes the internal set up of its stores.
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SWOT Strengths (internal): Under the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and threats model, Whole Foods’ weaknesses includes the following: provide a unique organic food niche product. Whole foods is not like your average grocery store. This market offers all organic/natural foods in one single
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