J. C. Penney Company, Inc. announced a series of leadership actions taking place over the next few months that will assemble a cross-functional executive team that merges the talents and perspectives of new and existing industry leaders to focus on the needs of the value-based consumer and position the Company for growth. Beginning Jan. 21, Mike Robbins, executive vice president of private brands and supply chain, will be appointed to executive vice president, chief stores and supply chain officer. In his new customer-focused role, Robbins will be responsible for all stores, supply chain and sourcing operations. With a broad focus on the customer experience and ensuring timely and innovative product delivery, Robbins will continue to oversee product design and development until a new chief merchant has been identified. Additionally, Truett Horne, currently an associate principal at McKinsey & Company, will join the Company as chief transformation officer, reporting to JCPenney CEO Jill Soltau. A proven leader with a track record of developing strategy through innovation and data to drive organizational growth, Horne will have primary responsibility for the development and implementation of the Company’s strategic and transformational initiatives. Click read more below for additional detail.
A few days after announcing a new fulfillment center in Edgerton, Kansas, Amazon.com is unveiling plans for another new center that will serve customers a little further west.
Amazon plans to open a seventh California fulfillment center in San Bernardino, where the company launched its first Golden State fulfillment center in the state in 2012. The retailer currently employs more than 12,000 full-time hourly associates at its six existing California locations and says it will hire more than 1,000 full-time employees in the new San Bernardino facility.
Employees at the 1.1 million-square-foot San Bernardino fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.
“San Bernardino has proven to be an important part of Amazon’s growth in California, and we are proud to continue creating jobs and helping support the economy here in the Inland Empire,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s VP of North American operations. “Over the past three and a half years, we have built a network of top-notch fulfillment centers across the state.”
Outside of San Bernardino, Amazon’s other California fulfillment centers are located in Tracy, Patterson, Moreno Valley, Redlands and Rialto. Amazon reportedly operates nearly 100 fulfillment centers across the U.S.
“We are excited Amazon continues to view San Bernardino as a great place to do business and we’re proud to be part of Amazon’s history and future,” said Mayor R. Carey Davis of San Bernardino. “The company continues hosting a robust public tours program, donating needed items and volunteer hours to local charities, and supporting local businesses on a regular basis.”