The July 23 issue of HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® features the 19th annual Impact Merchants special report. Housewares suppliers, representing the categories that HomeWorld covers, once again were asked to nominate buyers and merchandisers believed to have made a significant impact during the past year.
The selection of the 19 Impact Merchant winners is not intended as a definitive list of the best merchants in housewares retailing. Votes went to several more merchandisers than those featured. This year’s honorees represent buyers in given categories that received the majority of votes by vendors polled.
Voters were asked to give added weight to merchandising creativity, trend and marketing astuteness, attention to detail, openness to risk, flexibility, relationship building and the ability to deliver a profitable program for both the vendors and retailer while providing value to consumers. One thing this year’s Impact Merchants share is a vote of respect by their vendors. In today’s unpredictable retail environment, that vote really counts.
Bill Nadel, Bed Bath & Beyond, Buyer, Cookware, Cutlery and Tea Kettles
A buyer who understands the art of merchandising, Bill Nadel has been named a HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® 2018 Impact Merchant.
Nadel has been charged with buying for the cookware, cutlery and tea kettle segments of Bed Bath & Beyond’s business for more than four years. Before that, he spent more than three years at Ross Stores as a buyer in the kitchen electrics, cutlery, beverage, food storage and seasonal housewares division. Additionally, he has held buyer positions at Macy’s, Linens ‘n’ Things and Kohl’s during his career, most of them in various divisions of the housewares segment.
According to vendors, Nadel has acted as a partner when it comes to selecting assortments. He pays close attention to materials, finishes and global impact. Additionally, Nadel keeps his eye on quality, understanding that not all products are created equally. He helps manufacturers develop and create merchandising that speaks to the consumer and explains the benefits of the goods at hand. However, he is able to accomplish this all without having to sacrifice the good, better, best assortment that Bed Bath & Beyond has been known for.
Vendors also noted that one of Nadel’s strong points is his decisiveness. He is “extremely productive and always open to new ideas,” said one supplier, while another explained that he is usually quick to return to a company with a decision or feedback about a product. This, said vendors, helps everyone in the supply chain.
2018 HomeWorld Business Impact Merchants (click on name for profile):
- Kirsten Quatromoni, HomeGoods
- Robert Wilburn, The Home Depot
- Dan Weiland, Menards
- Chris Etheridge, Conn’s
- Kevin Lubelczyk, Wayfair
- Cory Ellis, Kroger
- Kim Kimbriel, The Container Store
- Bill Nadel, Bed Bath & Beyond
- Becky Blake, Walmart
- Ashlee Cook, Ulta Beauty
- Amy Neuman, Kohl’s
- Michael Wolpert, Macy’s
- Harry Jacobs, HomeGoods
- LaToya Jackson, At Home
- Zoran Todorovic, Walmart
- Joe Hufford, J.L. Hufford
- Brittany Aluce, Kohl’s
- Allison McPartland, Wayfair
- Chris Gridley, DD’s Discounts