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.
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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.
Lauded for her merchandising, retail and inventory management skills, kitchenware vendors have nominated Becky Blake of Walmart as a 2020 Impact Merchant.
With the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) for the last 12 years, Susette Johnson has been known to work to bring quality products to the U.S. military personnel through her industry knowledge as well as dedication to pricing and quality. That is why she has been named a 2020 Impact Merchant.
Lighting has been an evolving category at Walmart and vendors said Korey Reed has helped keep it advancing.
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.
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.
The past few months have been exciting for Wayfair and Jeff Branz has been a critical part of the team that has helped the company meet customer needs for furniture during a period in the business when addressing their homes was very much an immediate consideration.
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.
Target garners kudos throughout the kitchen appliance category, and most industry executives credit Deb Danielson’s visionary leadership and emphasis on branded merchandise as being key factors in the chain’s success.
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.
Ulta Beauty is making the world a prettier place, and a driving force in the personal care appliance business is senior brand manager Elena Weckerle.
In less than two years, Karen Rapier has established herself as a force to be reckoned with within Walmart’s kitchen electrics category.
In the midst of a roiling market, Target has done pretty well for itself this year, one in which it has made renewed efforts in storage, and Adam Gregory has been an important part of the effort.
With a career spanning more than 30 years at TJX and a reputation to match, Jay Cunningham has been recognized by kitchenware vendors as a 2020 Impact Merchant.
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.