The July 17 issue of HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® features the 18th 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 20 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.
Sean Le Deit, Houzz, Category Manager
Dubbed “a great partner,” by those in the industry that work with him, Houzz’s Sean Le Deit has been named a 2017 HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® Impact Merchant.
Le Deit began his career in the housewares industry with a 14-year stint at Williams Sonoma, in which he held 11 different positions for the company, culminating with inventory buyer in direct-to-consumer and retail divisions. He also held a position as an inventory planner for Cost Plus World Market and then found his way to Meyer Corp. in 2012. At Meyer, he was named the retail brand manager of the Analon, Circulon and Bonjour Brands. He left the company in 2013 to join home-focused online platform Houzz as a senior merchant. After four years, he was promoted to his current position of category manager.
At Houzz, Le Deit is charged with curating, planning and implementing new products in a variety of categories including cookware, bakeware, cutlery, tools and storage and organization that are featured within the Houzz Marketplace e-commerce platform. He also works directly with vendors and other suppliers to procure products for upcoming seasons and build the overall assortment.
His deep understanding for the housewares industry has made him key with vendors as Houzz continues to ramp up sales of cookware, kitchenware, bakeware and other items, according to industry experts. He is also skilled in merchandising and product development, said vendors.
2017 HomeWorld Business Impact Merchants (click on name for profile):
- Jennifer Cotreau, Wayfair
- Liz Anderson, Sam’s Club
- Jason Kloster, Walmart
- Tamara Rosenkranz, Williams Sonoma
- Melissa Cameron, Tuesday Morning
- Alison Alness-Richmond, Target
- Dan Willman, Best Buy
- Carol Nakauchi, Dollar General
- Natalia Goncalves, BrandsMart
- Jason Perez, Costco
- Tracy Godshall, Bed Bath & Beyond
- Kanani McNerthney, Kroger/Fred Meyer
- Jason Rogers, Walmart
- Karen & Brad Hughes, Artichoke
- Kim Kimbriel, The Container Store
- Alison Fosbenner, Lowe’s
- Harry Jacobs, HomeGoods
- Amy Eshuys, Christmas Tree Shops
- Sean Le Deit, Houzz
- Brad Wiesner, Bed Bath & Beyond