When walking the housewares aisles of a BJ’s Wholesale Club, the retailer remains focused on offering its shoppers a branded product assortment that is focused on current day hot products that are priced at a value.
At Meijer, Leah Postema has been able to deal with a changing market and still stay on course to deliver results in home organization.
Best Buy continues to be lauded for its assortment of floor care and home environment products due largely to the retailer’s on-going commitment to carry items that showcase new technology as part of an effort to help consumers easily maintain a clean and healthy home.
John Jansen has been called one of the most qualified buyers in the industry by several vendors for his tactics and processes, as well as his industry knowledge. These were several of the reasons he has been named a 2019 HomeWorld Business Impact Merchant.
Over the several decades since its launch, Costco has become a more important force in the furniture category, and, at present, Kristin Bates-Ashton is helping the warehouse club retailer continue providing members with fresh and enticing furnishings.
Maintaining a high level of health and wellness is an obsession for many consumers and retailers today continue to develop new ways to attract shoppers to their stores while also differentiating from their competition.
The portable lighting business at Walmart has changed significantly over the past several years, and observers credit the changes with creating a more attractive and a more shoppable store department.
With nearly 20 years of experience as a retail buyer with a focus on housewares, Steven D’Iorio, kitchenware buyer for HomeGoods, has become a trusted partner for many vendors who welcome his “responsiveness and fair pricing” when it comes to negotiations.
The office superstore category has been a dynamic retail channel over the past few years, but, at Office Depot, Carolyn Feuer has stood out for her ability to keep the furniture business there moving forward.
With her experience and connections as a buyer for the tabletop category, Chrissie Puchta has brought her extensive knowledge and creativity to Wayfair for nearly five years. Today, as the associate director, tabletop category management, Puchta has been praised by vendors for her knowledge, creativity and her research skills, which has led her to be named a 2019 Impact Merchant.
Brandi Stone is no stranger to the world of housewares having spent three years at home specialty retailer Linens ‘N Things before joining H-E-B in 2008.
After a seven-year career as a buyer for Target, Angela Skogen decided to take the skills she learned and head back home, opening Cooks On Main in Williston, ND, in 2010.
With QVC since 2005, Mark Callahan has gained a retail industry reputation for being on top of the trends and his zeal has not tapered off during his tenure. This, noted housewares vendors, is what makes Callahan deserving of the title of 2019 HomeWorld Business Impact Merchant.
Target has been making big changes in its stores over the past few quarters, with significant reconfiguration of sales floors in an initiative that has made storage a key part of the in-store and online business.
A combination of creativity and analytical prowess has made Sunipa Kreuzer successful in her role as senior merchant, kitchen, at Crate & Barrel, vendors said. Additionally, her attention to detail and positive attitude has influenced vendors to nominate her for a spot on the 2019 HomeWorld Business Impact Merchants list.
In her nearly ten years of working as a buyer in several categories, including cutlery for Costco, Desirae Montgomery has earned a reputation for being an accessible and easy to work with partner, vendors told HomeWorld Business. For this reason and others, she is one of this year’s Impact Merchants.
For more than a decade, Deb Danielson has been a key member of the buying and merchandising team at Target. During her tenure, she has worked on the store and dot.com sides of the retailer’s business.
As the growth of housewares in the grocery retail channel continues to expand, Wegmans has been a strong example of how the category can find a prosperous home in the supermarket. According to vendors, the chain has been one of the most aggressive grocery chains to present kitchenware and housewares, providing steep competition to other retailers such as specialty and discount stores.
Recently added to the cookware team at Macy’s, Cindy Koller Villari is continuing to raise the profile of the department store retailer’s cookware offerings going into the next year.
As part of the Williams-Sonoma family of retail brands, Pottery Barn is part of the company’s One Registry Collective, which also includes Williams Sonoma, West Elm and Pottery Barn Kids. The program rolled out last year in an effort to enable registrants to house registry selections from each of the parent company’s brands, essentially, under one roof.