Target Corp. has appointed two new executives to its supply chain team, which will be key in the retailer's strategy to leverage its network of more than 1,800 stores to completely transform its supply chain and logistics capabilities. Its most recent initiatives include offering guests free two-day shipping nationwide, same-day delivery shopped by Shipt in 150 markets and the rollout of Drive Up and Order Pick-up services.
John Bauer, who was named senior vice president of global inventory management, will lead the teams responsible for ordering, inventory positioning, global trade and domestic transportation.
Gemma Kubat will take on the role of senior vice president, supply chain engineering and activation, and will lead the design, activation and ongoing management of assets that support Target’s global supply chain and logistics network.
Both positions will report to Target’s executive vice president and chief supply chain officer Arthur Valdez Jr.
“We’re bringing together stores, digital channels, technology and supply chain to make shopping at Target even easier and more convenient,” said Valdez in a news release. “Gemma’s talent for applying advanced solutions across large organizations is exactly the right fit for Target as we continue transforming our supply chain to meet the needs of our guests.”
Bauer most recently served as chief logistics officer for The TJX Companies Inc. and held prior supply chain leadership positions at Kohl’s and Starbucks. He previously worked at Target from 1999 to 2007. Kubat’s previous retail leadership experience includes human resources, finance, innovation, strategy and logistics. Most recently, she served as vice president, global business services for Walmart. Prior to that, she worked for the British supermarket chain Asda.
Kubat joined Target on Aug. 6, and Bauer will begin Aug. 20.