Jeremy Couey, Walmart, Buyer, Lighting

The July 22 issue of HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® features the 20th 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 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.

Jeremy Couey, Walmart, Buyer, Lighting

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.

When browsing the Walmart lighting department today, anyone observing the combined boxed and mix and match product lineup can credit Jeremy Couey for making the most of the space.

In calling for Couey’s Impact Merchant distinction, a vendor stated that during three years at his current position, he has achieved a thoroughgoing competency. Moreover, Couey is honest and very fair in his dealings with vendors, said the nominator, demonstrating the traits of approachability and responsiveness, but without compromising his ability to forcefully move the business. The vendor asserted that Couey is both aggressive and innovative in running his part of the home furnishings operation at Walmart. He has demonstrated a passion for the business in his assertiveness, on the one hand, and his ability to appropriately set priorities, on the other. In that way, the vendor said, he gets the job done.

His career at Walmart has entered its sixth year, having had both buyer and associate buyer roles within the home décor operation. His background also includes holding various positions with Gap Inc.

In his ability to grasp and execute the portable lighting business at Walmart, Couey demonstrates the capacities and executional capabilities that support his becoming a 2019 Impact Merchant.

2019 HomeWorld Business Impact Merchants (click on name for profile):

Debbie Hom, Pottery Barn

Cindy Koller Villari, Macy’s

Wendy Altamura, Wegmans

Deb Danielson, Target

Desirae Montgomery, Costco

Sunipa Kreuzer, Crate & Barrel

Adam Gregory, Target

Mark Callahan, QVC

Angela Skogen, Cooks On Main

Brandi Stone, H-E-B

Chrissie Puchta, Wayfair

Carolyn Feuer, Office Depot

Steven D’Iorio, HomeGoods

Jeremy Couey, Walmart

Czarina Tse, CVS

Kristin Bates-Ashton, Costco

John Jansen, Southeastern Grocers

Dan Willman, Best Buy

Leah Postema, Meijer

Gillian McDonald, BJ’s Wholesale Club