Impact Merchants

Impact Merchants
Chrissie Puchta, Wayfair, Associate Director, Tabletop Category Management

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.

Impact Merchants
Mark Callahan, QVC, Buyer

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.

Impact Merchants
Sunipa Kreuzer, Crate & Barrel, Senior Merchant, Kitchen

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.

Impact Merchants
Desirae Montgomery, Costco, Buyer, Cutlery

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.

Impact Merchants
Wendy Altamura, Wegmans, Category Merchant, Housewares

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.

Impact Merchants
Debbie Hom, Pottery Barn, Omni Tabletop Buyer

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.

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