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The Des Moines Register reports that Hy-Vee is going through a corporate office reorganization, with dozens of employees being reassigned and others possibly facing layoffs.

Hy-Vee spokesperson Tara Deering-Hansen tells the paper, "We are redirecting how we are supervising and structuring certain administrative areas of the company. At this time, the majority of the people whose positions are impacted will be reassigned to other positions within the company, including opportunities at retail ... We are a growing company. As we continue to evolve our services and product offerings, we will grow other areas within the company."

The Register writes that while some positions are being eliminated, others are being created, specifically in the IT department, focusing on digital initiatives, and in its HealthMarket and restaurant development departments.
KC's View:
Think of this as the circle of life. As the world changes, retailers have to adjust their organizations so they can effectively and efficiently deal with new realities. If they think they can deal with new realities with old organizational constructs, I think they're making a mistake.