Bed Bath & Beyond Names Welling SVP/Merchandise Planning

Bed Bath & Beyond has named John Welling as svp/merchandise planning, allocation and operations, effective immediately. Welling will report to Joe Hartsig, Bed Bath & Beyond’s chief merchandising officer, and president of Harmon Health & Beauty Stores.

Welling will be responsible for helping lead the transformation of Bed Bath & Beyond’s inventory planning and replenishment strategy, a core pillar in the company’s strategic growth plan. This includes implementing enhanced merchandising processes and inventory systems to improve in-stock levels and turn times, end to end inventory management capabilities, product life cycle management, reporting tools and regional merchandising activities.  In addition, he will oversee the evolution of space and assortment planning to optimize merchandise in store, ensure a more consistent, high-quality customer experience, and support the recently announced store remodel program.

Welling joins Bed Bath & Beyond with decades of experience across the retail industry.  He was svp/planning and allocation at J.C. Penney, before which he held senior merchandising, planning and operations roles at The Michaels Companies and Walmart, where he spent over 10 years in global leadership roles in inventory management and regional operations.

Hartsig said, “We’re proud to serve one in five households across the country and we are building on our strong authority in the home market. John brings industry-leading experience in retail transformation, inventory management, merchandise planning and store operations, expertise that will help advance our foundational capabilities, improve the experience for our customers, and drive increased profitability across our assortment.”