Movers & Shakers: GNC, Big Y, Weis Markets Name New Executive Roles

Welcome to Movers & Shakers, a roundup of the most recent executive hirings across retail.
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GNC Hires Chief Supply Chain Officer from Williams-Sonoma


Alan Chester has been named chief supply chain officer at GNC, effective May 24, 2021.

Chester comes to GNC by way of Williams-Sonomia, where he served as senior vice president of international operations and transportation. He was with the company for six years. He also previously served as vice president of global logistics for American Eagle Outfitters and held other transportation and logistics roles with Williams-Sonoma and GE. 

With GNC, Chester will drive efficiencies and prepare the brand’s supply chain for increased demand for new products, RIS News reported. 

“Having Alan on board is a huge win for GNC and a key addition to fuel our next stage of growth," GNC CEO Josh Burris said in a statement. "As demand continues to intensify and our industry evolves, so must our supply chain. We're building a best-in-class supply chain that will address our business needs of today and meet our aspirations of tomorrow. Alan's integrity, leadership skills and impressive track record of driving efficiencies and increasing performance with other global retailers will be instrumental as we work towards that goal."

See the full story at RIS News.


Big Y Names New VP of Distribution and Logistics


Big Y Foods Inc. a Massachusetts-based supermarket chain, has named Stephen M. Creed to the newly-created role of vice president of distribution and logistics. 

In his new role, Creed will report directly to executive vice president and COO Michael O. D’Armour. He will also be responsible for leading distribution teams at the company’s 430,000-square-foot Fresh & Local Distribution Center, which was recently expanded and is located in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the company is headquartered, Progressive Grocer reported. 

Creed, who brings more than 40 years of distribution industry experience to the job, will also serve as an advisor to the board. Creed’s career began at Stop & Shop in 1979, when he served in various roles, including produce and grocery receiving and operations. He then moved on to hold other positions with companies such as Spartan Stores, and was hired as a facility manager and became director of perishables distribution at C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. in Massachusetts and Vermont.

By 2005, Creed joined the Associated Grocers of New England as vice president of warehousing and transportation, then becoming senior vice president of warehousing and transportation, and finally senior vice president of supply chain management. He left the company in 2009 and joined Big Y as senior director of distribution and logistics in 2020.

See the full story at Progressive Grocer. 


Weis Markets Appoints VP of Supply Chain & Logistics


Weis Markets, a Pennsylvania-based food retailer, has promoted Terry Wallace to vice president of supply chain and logistics. 

Wallace, who previously served as director of procurement, has been with Weis Markets for 21 years. He has held increasingly responsible roles with the company.

Weis Markets operates 197 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Virginia.

In his new role, Wallace will oversee all the company’s supply chain and distribution activities at its 1.3-million-square-foot distribution center in Milton, Pennsylvania. He reports to COO Kurt Schertle.

See the full story at Progressive Grocer


GS1 Board of Governors Picks Up Coca-Cola, Amazon Members


Executives from Amazon and Coca-Cola have joined the GS1 Board of Governors.

GS1 US is a member of GS1 Global and a not-for-profit information standards organization that facilitates industry collaboration to help improve supply chain visibility and efficiency through the use of GS1 Standards, Progressive Grocer reported. The board represents companies in the apparel, general merchandise, foodservice health care and retail grocery industries.

Sam Heyworth, vice president of consumables at Amazon, and Brad Spickert, senior vice president of supply chain at The Coca-Cola Co.’s North America Operating Unit, have both joined the board. As members of the board, Heyworth and Spickert will help guide GS1 US strategy for retail, e-commerce, supply chain visibility and product traceability.

“Both of these leaders are responsible for helping shape successful business strategies for two of the most prominent companies in the world, and their perspectives will be invaluable to industry modernization efforts,” Bob Carpenter, president and CEO of Ewing, N.J.-based GS1 US, said in a statement. “As the world moves deeper into a digital economy, product identification is critical to meeting the evolving needs of industry as well as product search and discovery for consumers. With the support of our board, we can continue our important work to optimize standards adoption.”

Other board members include executives from Dot Foods Inc., eBay Inc., Google Store, The J.M. Smucker Co., Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PepsiCo, The Procter & Gamble Co., Publix Inc., PVH Corp., Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Sysco Corp., Target, Topco Associates LLC, Wakefern Food Corp., Walmart and Wegmans Food Markets Inc. 

Nearly 300,000 businesses from 25 industries depend on GS1 US for trading partner collaboration to optimize their supply chains, drive cost performance and revenue growth, and enable regulatory compliance. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code. 

See the full story at Progressive Grocer.