Levi Strauss names Walmart exec to lead global e-commerce
San Francisco — Levi Strauss & Co. has named former Walmart executive Marc Rosen as executive VP and president of global e-commerce, effective May 5.
Rosen was most recently senior VP of global e-commerce at Walmart, where he was responsible for designing, building, operating and expanding Walmart.com. He also served as senior VP of information systems, with responsibility for Walmart’s global merchandising, supply chain and store systems
At Levi, Rosen will be charged with establishing Levi.com and Dockers.com as digital flagship stores through an engaging user experience, a breadth and depth of product assortments and improved order management capability.
This includes advancements in systems and technology as well as a focus on the company’s highest-growth markets, which include China, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. He will work in close partnership with the global retail team to deliver a seamless omnichannel experience to consumers around the world.
“Our e-commerce business has experienced strong, double-digit growth the past few years,” said Levi Strauss president and CEO Chip Bergh. “Investing in e-commerce continues to be a top priority for LS&Co. because of the sizeable upside opportunity that exists. We will establish digital flagship stores to drive omnichannel growth, optimize our presence on our wholesalers’ websites and continue to improve the overall consumer experience to drive brand loyalty. Marc’s track record of delivering industry-leading global e-commerce growth makes him the ideal leader to take our business to new levels of success.”
New retail concept to debut in Manhattan
New York — A new retail concept, coop & spree, will open its first location this August, in the trendy Nolita section of Manhattan. Targeted at stylish young women, the store will combine apparel and accessory designers from around the world with interactive technologies. Digital tablets will be located throughout the space to help customers build and accessorize outfits, while the in-store photo booth will allow shoppers to share style inspiration with friends.
“Our customer wants an interactive and entertaining retail experience that also offers access to exclusive designer brands and luxury services,” said coop & spree founder Brooke S. Richman.
Coop & spree will also pamper customers by offering a menu of personal styling services that they can’t find online, including home closet consultation, personalized packing services and an in-residence stylist.
NRF urges expedited contract for West Coast ports
Washington, D.C. – The National Retail Federation is urging maritime management and the union representing dockworkers along the U.S. West Coast ports to expedite pending contract negotiations and reach agreement on a new deal well in advance of the expiration of the current contract this summer. NRF believes expedited negotiations would strengthen the supply chain and provide shippers and retailers the certainty they need to utilize the West Coast ports during the holiday shipping period, which begins in July.
NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay has asked for immediate contract negotiations in a letter to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association (ILWU), who currently plan to start negotiations in mid-May. The pending contract covers nearly 14,000 ILWU jobs at 29 containerized ports along the California, Oregon and Washington coastline.
NRF data shows that a majority of imported retail goods are shipped through West Coast terminals and gates. According to NRF’s Global Port Tracker report, major West Coast ports handled 11.2 million cargo containers in 2013, or 69% of the total at U.S. retail container ports followed by the report. Given the importance of the West Coast ports, the NRF says retailers have already begun to develop alternative plans to ensure the proper flow of holiday merchandise.
“We urge you to begin contract negotiations now and to attempt to reach agreement on a new contract before the June 30 expiration,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “These negotiations are important to all of the import and export and related industries who rely on these ports to move the nation’s commerce.”