Sears names senior VP, president supply chain
Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings announced that William Hutchinson will join the company as senior VP and president, supply chain. Hutchinson, who most recently served as VP of global fulfillment and logistics for Dell, succeeds Raj Penkar who has led the company’s supply chain business unit since 2011. Penkar will retire from Sears Holdings on May 31.
In his new role with the company, Hutchinson will be accountable for all aspects of the company’s supply chain, including distribution, transportation, customs compliance and global sourcing.
"Bill possesses the right combination of leadership, operational proficiency and technical acumen to lead our supply chain business unit," said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings chairman and CEO. "His significant background working within retail environments will support a seamless transition and Bill’s proven ability to achieve results is critical to improving our members’ experience."
GE Capitol Retail Bank extends agreement with American Eagle Outfitters
Stamford, Conn. — GE Capital Retail Bank announced a long-term extension of its agreement with American Eagle Outfitters to continue providing private-label credit card programs for online, mobile app, and store purchases made at any of the 856 American Eagle Outfitter and 115 Aerie locations across the U.S.
As part of the seven-year agreement, GE Capital’s Retail Finance business will continue to manage the American Eagle Outfitters credit card program, which began in 1996.
“For nearly two decades, we’ve had the opportunity to work with American Eagle and Aerie to create customer-focused financing solutions that align with their brand and provide value to millions of their customers,” said Curtis Howse, general manager, GE Capital’s Retail Finance business. “We share American Eagle Outfitters’ commitment to integrate new technologies and services that enable their customers to maximize their budget and enjoy a frictionless shopping experience when and where they want.”
Meijer sets sights on expanding vision centers
Meijer has selected U.S. Vision as its exclusive vision center in its stores moving forward in an effort to enhance its retail healthcare services across the Midwest.
U.S. Vision, a separately owned and operated company based in Glendora, N.J., is currently a tenant in 50 Meijer stores in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, and has plans to open 19 more vision centers in Meijer stores this year. All of its vision centers will be renamed "Meijer Optical" by the end of the month.
The effort enhances the retailer’s leadership in providing healthy living solutions to its customers, Meijer Drug Store VP Nat Love said.
"As a family-focused company, Meijer believes in providing our customers with opportunities to address their healthcare needs in one stop," Love said. "The Meijer Optical shops will round out the robust services our stores already offer, including full-service pharmacies, health clinics and our free medication program, that meet our customers’ needs."
U.S. Vision is a leading provider of vision care products and services in the United States and Canada, and represents the sixth largest retail optical chain in the nation. Meijer began working with U.S. Vision Dec. 2011.
The Meijer Optical shops are full-service vision care centers, offering great brand name frames, the latest in lens technology, contact lenses, sunglasses, ready-made readers and accessories. Optometrists will also be on hand to perform comprehensive eye exams. Most vision care plans are accepted.
"We are very excited about the partnership between Meijer and U.S. Vision and look forward to providing a service that will meet all of the eyewear needs of the Meijer customer," said George Gorman, president and COO of U.S. Vision. "We will be delivering value, convenience, great products and a wonderful customer experience that the Meijer shopper has come to expect."