US department store chain Macy’s has appointed Dennis Mullahy chief supply chain officer in a newly-created role as it seeks a “substantive transformation of systems, processes and facilities”.
Macy’s said Mullahy would oversee global sourcing, inventory management, store and e-commerce distribution, transportation, indirect procurement, supply chain systems, sustainability and supplier diversity. The announcement was made earier this month and Mullahy will report to Hal Lawton, president of Macy’s.
A spokesperson for Macy’s told SM: “We created this new role and organisation to lead a substantive transformation of our systems, processes and facilities to maximise customer value and achieve a sustainable competitive advantage.”
Lawton said: “I’m thrilled to have Dennis join the Macy’s team as we look to strengthen our supply chain. We are investing in our supply chain to improve our systems, processes and facilities and to enhance productivity and efficiency.
“Dennis is an exceptional leader with more than 30 years of experience in retail operations and supply chain management. I am confident that he is the right person to lead the newly formed supply chain organisation at this pivotal time.”
Previously Mullahy was executive vice president, supply chain and IT at Michaels Stores, Inc – a chain specialising in arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor with more than 1,250 stores. He was responsible for supply chain, information technology and manufacturing.
Before that he was a senior vice president at Ulta, a chain of beauty stores, where he was responsible for merchandise planning, inventory management, distribution, logistics, transportation and supply chain strategy.
Macy's brand is well-known in the US and is the country's biggest department store retailer. However like many chains it has seen its position threatened by the growth of online retailing.
In 2016 the department store chain said it would close 100 stores, which it estimated could help it save as much as $300m in costs annually.
The Cincinnati-based retailer said at the time that it wanted to focus on its prime real estate while investing more in web operations.
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