OPERATIONS

Macy’s senior management changes include new position of chief omni-channel officer

BY Marianne Wilson

Cincinnati — Macy’s on Monday announced a series of changes to its senior executive leadership team, effective immediately. The changes include the creation of the newly-created role of chief omni-channel officer, which will be filled by Robert B. Harrison, previously Macy’s EVP for omni-channel strategy. Harrison, who will join the company’s executive committee, will report directly to Macy’s chief executive Terry Lundgren.

In addition to his existing role managing the development of strategies to closely integrate the company’s stores, online and mobile activities, Harrison will assume responsibility for systems and technology, logistics and related operating functions.

In other changes announced Monday:

  • Thomas L. Cole is retiring as Macy’s chief administrative officer after a 41-year career with Macy’s and its predecessor companies. He will remain with the company through May 2013 to affect a smooth transition to several other executives.
  • Karen M. Hoguet, Macy’s, Inc. CFO, will assume additional responsibility for credit and customer services, real estate, non-merchandise purchasing and sustainability.
  • Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief stores officer, will assume additional responsibility for store planning, design and construction. The company’s nationwide portfolio of Macy’s stores, as well as the region, district and central stores organization and visual merchandising, continue to report to Sachse. He is a member of the Macy’s executive committee and reports to Lundgren.
  • William S. Allen has joined Macy’s, effective Monday, as chief human resources officer. Allen previously served as SVP of AP Moller-Maersk A/S, joins the Macy’s executive committee and reports to Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer. Allen will oversee Macy’s, Inc.’s human resources, diversity strategies, and corporate communications and external affairs functions. In addition, Allen will have administrative responsibility for the law function that reports directly to Lundgren.
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REAL ESTATE

American Eagle expanding into Mexico; six stores planned for 2013

BY Marianne Wilson

Pittsburgh — American Eagle Outfitters announced plans to open a series of vertically owned and operated-stores in Mexico, with the first location set to open on February 20, 2013, in Mexico City.

The store will be located in the Perisur’s shopping center, a mall located in the south part of Mexico City. Each AEO store will include an Aerie presence either in shop-in-shop or side-by-side form.

“Mexico presents an exciting market opportunity for AEO, where we have evidence of strong brand acceptance through the positive response to our Mexico-specific e-commerce site, which we launched in fall of 2012 bringing a multi-channel experience to our customers," said CEO Robert Hanson. “We plan to open six company owned stores this year, and to profitably scale the business over the next several years. We view Mexico as an important launch that will drive our longer-term approach to global expansion.”

In 2012, American Eagle Outfitters successfully licensed stores in Japan, Israel and Poland and continues to grow its presence in the Middle East. American Eagle Outfitters is currently present in 13 countries and ships online to 77 countries internationally.

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STORE SPACES

Walmart launches online destination profiling green innovations, pioneers

BY Marianne Wilson

Atlanta — Mother Nature Network and Walmart are teaming up to launch an online destination (mnn.com/leaderboard) that profiles the biggest innovations in sustainability – and the pioneers who are creating them.

“There are an incredible number of new ideas, programs, products, and services being created, which will have a very positive impact on sustainability,” said Joel Babbit, CEO of Mother Nature Network. “And most interestingly – they aren’t all from large corporations. Many are developed by very small companies, schools, non-profit organizations – some even by single individuals.”

“Thanks to the ingenuity, passion and innovative thinking of s so many people, we’ve seen an increase in sustainable technologies, processes and options in the past decade," said Andrea Thomas, SVP sustainability at Walmart. “These new ideas have helped companies, like Walmart, make significant progress toward our sustainability goals. Walmart has a responsibility to use its size and scale to influence positive change, and we believe ‘The Leaderboard’ will be a place to showcase cutting edge ideas and spark further adoption.”

The Leaderboard will profile dozens of forward-thinking innovators, with new stories published every week.

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“These new ideas have helped companies, like Walmart, make significant progress Travel Here toward our sustainability goals. Walmart has a responsibility to use its size and scale to influence positive change, and we believe ‘The Leaderboard’ will be a place to showcase cutting edge ideas and spark further adoption.”

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