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It is better not to enter the house anymore – inside Paradeplatz

It is better not to enter the house anymore – inside Paradeplatz

Today, the new strongman at the heart of Migros' work, Peter Diethelm, stands before his troops. The message is that we can do this together.

This no longer includes 150 employees from marketing, purchasing, product management and operations.

Diethelm's assistants finished their work.

It would be better if they stopped coming to the Migros high-rise building on Limmatplatz in Zurich today, the day of the big evacuation, as they were told from above.

“Those affected should say they are sick,” says one source. This shows that “American conditions” prevail in Migros.

A Migros spokesman denies this. All those affected have been invited to attend today's big information session.

Various information shows that Migros's nerves are on edge.

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What is particularly worth talking about is the role played by McKinsey. The well-known advisor has been playing a central role for the orange giant for years, which has fallen into serious trouble.

McKinsey has also made a decisive contribution to the current restructuring of the core of Diethelms “Baby” Supermarket AG, where much of the core business is being consolidated.

For months, consultants from The Firm's Swiss branch have been running through the corridors and offices of Limmatplatz, on the edge of Zurich's 'red' Zone 4, looking for the next saving.

The “social” capital of Migros founder Gottlieb Dutwiler has shifted to McKinsey – just as it once did with CS and Swissair.

As with computer science, former McKinsey consultants are also at the helm. Many of the highlights from the Swiss Confederation's largest food company come from its stable of advisors.

These include the heads of the entire IT department and the new head of Migros Industrie, which will be broken up and partly sold under the new management.

Hello Hello (Nolde, Irminger; NZD)

The ultimate responsibility lies with two people: Mario Erminger and Ursula Nolde. The latter recently received a great ode to her rise from the bottom in NZZ.

Effectively, they are fair-weather skippers whose main strength is to adapt to prevailing winds.

Timely recognition of which faction has the upper hand in a company shaken by power struggles – no one excels Nolde in this.

Meanwhile, Irminger wants to turn the entire Migros into a new Aldi and Lidl. As president of Migros' diner subsidiary, he proved that cheap does not always mean cheap.

Now Irminger is planning the same thing with Migros supermarkets. Nothing is sacred to him, not even the strict separation between many people.

The end justifies the means, according to Irminger. The secret of his dependence on McKinsey remains a secret.