Home improvement giants taps Neiman Marcus exec for supply chain post
Lowe’s Cos. has appointed a 20-year retail veteran to lead supply chain field processes
Michael West will join Lowe's as senior VP of supply chain field operations, effective Sept. 25. He will report to chief supply chain officer Brent G. Kirby.
West joins Lowe's from Neiman Marcus, where he served on the company's leadership team as senior VP, supply chain. He led distribution, transportation and fulfillment for all brands in the Neiman Marcus Group.
Prior to Neiman Marcus, West was senior VP, global logistics and distribution at Ann, Inc. He also spent 12 years with Target Corp., where he held various leadership positions, including VP, global logistics.
In his new position, West will lead operations for Lowe's regional and flatbed distribution centers, millwork facilities and bulk distribution centers. He will be tasked with driving efficiency and flexibility to best meet the needs of customers.
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Target ups holiday hiring by 40%
Target Corp. announced a major investment for the holiday shopping season.
The discounter said it plans to hire approximately 100,000 employees for the upcoming holiday season, which is up about 40%.
Additionally, Target will hire 4,500 workers at the company’s distribution and fulfillment centers to replenish products to stores and fulfill digital sales throughout the season.
Target’s 2017 holiday hiring marks a significant increase from last year, when the retailer hired 70,000 employees. The retailer said that, based on the success of last year’s seasonal hiring events, it will host similar programs at all of its 1,816 stores nationwide on Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15. The events will help fill the 100,000 holiday store positions.
"Target has made significant investments in our business throughout 2017, and our commitment to hire 100,000 team members for the holidays will make shopping at Target even easier and more fun during one of the busiest times of the year,” said Janna Potts, chief stores officer, Target. As always, we will provide our seasonal team members with meaningful opportunities to build and develop skills, and offer great benefits, including a variety of schedules and team member discounts."
Applicants for Target’s seasonal positions can apply in advance on the company's website. Store leaders will conduct pre-scheduled interviews with applicants. Similar to previous years, current Target store associates will have the opportunity to increase their hours during the holiday season.
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Report: Walmart reorganizing U.S. store ops
Walmart is simplifying its U.S. business as it looks to respond more quickly to the accelerating pace of change in the retail industry.
The discounter is consolidating its six divisional groups into four and its 44 U.S. regional groups to 36, reported Bloomberg.
“Our last field restructure was several years ago and our business has changed over that time,” spokesman Kory Lundberg said in a statement to Bloomberg. “The structure we are putting in place will help improve communication and execution, streamline decision-making and help us accelerate our pace of change.”
since they have already announced a store closing under "does not fit Business model" in Minnesota by end of October this is the companies new way of saying more store closings are coming. they stated the lease was expiring and where not going to renew it
Walmart should never have withdrawn the price matching from competitors. I shop much LESS at Walmart now because of this.