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Papa John’s delivers – on the back end

BY Dan Berthiaume

For pizza retailer Papa John’s International Inc., successful customer delivery begins with successful delivery in the supply chain.

Papa John’s is optimizing routes, improving on-time store deliveries and enhancing the performance of its transportation fleet by using transportation modeling capabilities from the Manhattan Associates Transportation Management Solution.

Papa John’s uses "probabilistic modeling" that helps shippers perform a variety of “what-if” scenarios, such as which distribution centers should service individual locations to optimize time, fuel and resources. Unlike traditional modeling tools, probabilistic modeling accounts for variability, which can provide more accurate results and produce more realistic modeling scenario outcomes.

Front-end customer service relies upon a supply chain that gets products where they are needed in a timely and cost-effective manner. Papa John’s is ensuring that its “fast food” moves just as quickly from warehouse to the store as from the store to the customer.

“Manhattan Associates’ sophisticated transportation modeling software helps us better manage the variability and complexity of our extensive transportation network and maximize the performance of our transportation fleet, a vital part of fulfilling our brand promise of ‘Better ingredients. Better pizza,’” said Eric Hartman, VP, Papa John’s.

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J.C. Penney gives two execs more private label, supply chain responsibilities

BY Mike Troy

Two top merchandising and supply chain executives have been given new responsibilities at J.C. Penney after veteran executive Ken Mangone retired following a lengthy career.

Mangone served as executive VP of product development, design and sourcing and will retire effective April 1 after 39 years with the company. His responsibilities will be split among two current executives.

Val Harris was elevated from her role as president of product development, design and trend for women`s businesses to the role of senior VP, product development and design. In this new role, Harris will oversee the company`s team of more than 200 textile, technical and fashion designers based in New York City and Plano, Texas, who translate trends and develop seasonal collections for its private brands.

She will report to John Tighe, executive VP and chief merchant, ensuring seamless connectivity between merchandising and product development and design teams, according to the company.

"Val is a trusted and highly-respected member of the J.C. Penney team who, in her over 30 years at the company, has driven the product development and trend directions of many of our class-leading private and exclusive brands," said Marvin Ellison, CEO of J.C. Penney. "We are confident Val`s experience will allow us to continue delivering unmatched style, quality, and value – a high standard maintained by Ken Mangone in his many years of honorable service to the company."

In addition, senior VP of supply chain Mike Robbins was given responsibility over the company`s sourcing organization, which includes a network of international buying offices, quality control functions, social compliance teams and other global operations.

J.C. Penney said it is one of the largest importers of textiles and apparel in the U.S., sourcing from approximately 400 suppliers located in 32 countries around the globe, making it one of the most sophisticated and experienced retail sourcing organizations in the industry.

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Kohl’s eliminates three senior exec positions

BY Mike Troy

Several published reports are indicating that Kohl’s has eliminated three senior level leadership positions.

Kohl’s has reportedly eliminated the positions of chief digital officer, senior vice president of store environment and development, and senior vice president of communications and public relations. Retailing Today was unable to independently confirm the jobs cuts or the identify of executives involved. Kohl’s representatives were unavailable for comment.

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