impact merchants 2020

Executive Profile
David LeClair, Associate DMM Merchandising, Staples

The office superstore retail channel found itself in an advantageous position as the COVID-19 pandemic struck the U.S., as restrictions to personal movement caused many consumers to become remote workers. David LeClair was one of the people who helped Staples meet the challenge of a suddenly changed market dynamic.

Executive Profile
Gretchen Dexter, Buyer/Vendor Manager, Everything Kitchens

Gretchen Dexter’s understanding of building brands, product selection and marketing opportunities, said vendors, are just a few of the reasons the buyer and vendor manager at Springfield, MO-based Everything Kitchens has been named a 2020 Impact Merchant.

Executive Profile
Rachel Tsupros, Senior Category Manager, Tabletop, Wayfair

As the housewares industry collectively navigated the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presented, the relationship between vendor and retailer was more critical than ever. Buyers that were able to step in and help vendors navigate the uncertainty became a welcomed partner. Rachel Tsupros, senior category manager, tabletop, at Wayfair is one of those partners and for that, she has been named a 2020 HOMEWORLD BUSINESS Impact Merchant.

Executive Profile
Taylor Martinez, Assistant Buyer, Costco

Costco is known as a go-to destination for consumers looking to stock up on everything from food to floor care, and a relatively new assistant buyer, Taylor Martinez, is attracting attention in the home environment and personal care appliance categories.

Executive Profile
Sarah Dipietro, Omni Buyer, Fine & Casual China, Dinnerware, Outdoor & Table Linens, Macy’s

Sarah Dipietro quickly gained a reputation as a creative partner after stepping into her role at Macy’s as omni buyer for dinnerware in mid-2018. Most recently, she took on the casual china department at the retailer as well and was noted for her swift and focused diligence amid the COVID pandemic. For these and other reasons, Dipietro has been named a 2020 HOMEWORLD BUSINESS Impact Merchant.

Executive Profile
Ryan Yarnell, Buyer, Housewares, Meijer

According to vendors polled by HOMEWORLD BUSINESS, Ryan Yarnell, housewares buyer at Meijer, has been critical to successes with the Meijer brand because of his relationship building as well as his focus on creating sales opportunities even when one may not be obvious. These and other attributes have landed him to a spot on the list of 2020 Impact Merchants.

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The Toughest Test For 2020 Impact Merchants

As it became clearer in March that retailing, an already fickle business in the e-commerce age, was in for a new disruption of immeasurable enormity and consequence, it also became clearer vendor-buyer relations, already confrontational at times, were about to be tested like never before.