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TJX logistics exec jumps to Target

BY Marianne Wilson

It’s a homecoming of sorts for a new hire by Target Corp.

Target announced that John Bauer will join the company as senior VP, global inventory management. He most recently served as chief logistics officer for The TJX Companies, and held prior supply chain leadership positions at Kohl’s and Starbucks. Bauer previously worked at Target from 1999 to 2007.

“We’re thrilled to have John rejoin the Target team,” said Arthur Valdez, Jr., executive VP and chief supply chain officer “Inventory management touches all aspects of the business, from merchandising and sourcing, to supply chain and stores. John has experience working across all aspects of retail and delivering results in transformational environments.”

Bauer will join Target on August 20. He will lead the teams responsible for ordering, inventory positioning, global trade and domestic transportation.

Target’s strategy to leverage its network of more than 1,800 stores includes completely transforming its supply chain and logistics capabilities, offering such services as free two-day shipping nationwide, same-day delivery shopped by Shipt in 150 markets and the rollout of Drive Up and Order Pick-up services.

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Stage Stores on the hunt for a CFO

BY Marianne Wilson

Stage Stores’ CFO is stepping down.

The specialty department store retailer said that Oded Shein, Stages’ executive VP, CFO and treasurer, resigned his position effective August 10, 2018 to pursue another opportunity. The company has appointed Jason Curtis, senior VP, finance and credit, as interim CFO and treasurer.

Curtis has been with Stage since 2011, most recently serving as its senior VP, finance and credit since March 2017. Prior to joining Stage, Curtis served in various financial roles at Belk and The May Department Stores Company.

“I am thrilled that we have the depth of talent at Stage to appoint Jason as our interim CFO,” said Michael Glazer, president and CEO. “Jason has been instrumental in growing our private label credit card program and managing our expense structure. While we expect to assess internal and external candidates for the CFO position, I am very confident in the strength of our existing team.”

As of August 8, 2018, Stage operates 764 specialty department stores in 42 states under the Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage banners, along with 59 Gordmans off-price stores, as well as an e-commerce website.

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Walmart vet joins Lowe’s executive team

BY Marianne Wilson

Lowe’s Companies has appointed a seasoned retail executive to head up its supply chain.

The home improvement giant named Donald E. Frieson as executive VP, supply chain, effective Aug. 8. He will be responsible for the company’s distribution centers, logistics, global sourcing, transportation and delivery services. Frieson will report to Marvin R. Ellison, president and CEO.

Frieson most recently served as COO at Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart, where he was responsible for all club operations. He Frieson joined Sam’s Club in 2012 as senior VP, replenishment and inventory planning.

From 2010 to 2012, Frieson served Walmart International as chief integration officer for Massmart Holdings, a chain of more than 300 stores operating in 13 sub-Saharan African nations, where he was responsible for supply chain, merchandise sourcing and private brand integration. Prior to Massmart, Frieson was senior VP, supply chain at Walmart where he led more than 30 distribution centers that supplied merchandise to nearly 1,600 Walmart stores, supercenters and neighborhood markets in the eastern U.S.

“Don has a proven track-record of driving seamless logistics and operations excellence within large, complex retail organizations with big bulky products, and we are delighted to welcome him to the team,” said Lowe’s president and CEO Ralph Ellison. “Don will bring deep experience and technical expertise to lead the transformation of our supply chain to meet the needs of our omnichannel customers.”

Prior to joining Walmart, Frieson spent 12 years working for Schneider National Carriers, where he developed operations and logistics expertise in the trucking industry.

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