Walmart Reworks Supply Chain Team in Omnichannel Effort
Walmart is currently working to restructure its supply chain team to create a more seamless omnichannel experience. The most prominent change will be the joining of the U.S. supply chain teams under the direction of Greg Smith, current executive vice president of Walmart U.S. supply chain. Smith will report directly to Greg Foran, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., and Marc Lore, president and CEO of Walmart e-commerce U.
Twelve other executives have been assigned to the newly developed U.S. supply chain team as Walmart works towards its goal. All twelve individuals will report to Smith on the basis of distribution, e-commerce-fulfillment, reverse logistics, inbound and outbound transportation, and automation strategy functions.
In a memo obtained by CNBC last week, CEO Doug Millon writes:
Our customers want one, seamless Walmart experience. Over time, we’ve been organizing our strategy, tactics and teams to serve them in that way, while preserving the focus necessary to execute on multiple initiatives in parallel. We will continue strengthening our stores while expanding our pick-up and delivery capabilities. Earning more of our customers’ business in food and consumables is foundational to our strategy, and, at the same time, we will expand our ability to serve them with general merchandise in stores and through our broad eCommerce assortment as we continue to invest in and build our eCommerce business.
U.S. merchandising teams will stay distinct, but Ashley Buchanan will move from the executive vice president and chief merchandising officer at Sam’s Club to be the chief merchandising officer for U.S. e-commerce, reporting to Lore. Andy Dunn, who is currently in charge of the digitally native brands Walmart has acquired including Eloquii, Modcloth and others will now report to Buchanan.The memo also made mention of more internal changes on the horizon, but declined to comment about who might be affected.