UNION, N.J.—Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has appointed retail veteran John Welling as senior vice president, merchandise planning, allocation and operations, effective immediately.
Welling will report to Joe Hartsig, chief merchandising officer and president of Harmon Health & Beauty Stores. Welling will help lead the transformation of Bed Bath & Beyond’s inventory planning and replenishment strategy, a core pillar in its strategic growth plan, the company said. This includes implementing enhanced merchandising processes and inventory systems to improve in-stock levels and turn times, end-to-end inventory management capabilities, product life cycle management, reporting tools and regional merchandising activities. Welling will also oversee the evolution of space and assortment planning to optimize merchandise in-store, ensure a more consistent, high-quality customer experience, and support the recently announced store remodel program which includes investments of approximately $250 million over the next three years.
“We’re proud to serve one in five households across the country and we are building on our strong authority in the home market. John brings industry-leading experience in retail transformation, inventory management, merchandise planning and store operations, expertise that will help advance our foundational capabilities, improve the experience for our customers and drive increased profitability across our assortment,” said Hartsig.
Welling has previously served as senior vice president for planning and allocation at J.C. Penney, before which he held senior merchandising, planning and operations roles at The Michaels Companies and Walmart, where he spent more than 10 years in global leadership roles in inventory management and regional operations, the company said. He also spent more than a decade at Accenture as a partner in the North American Retail Practice, with responsibility for creating and implementing transformational change initiatives across the retail landscape.
“This iconic brand has been integral to generations of people across North America, and I’m delighted to join Bed Bath & Beyond at a time when its role is more important than ever,” said Welling. “I’m excited to help establish new capabilities that unlock growth and build on the strong authority of this business in the home.”