Target taps Walmart exec for supply chain

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Target taps Walmart exec for supply chain

By Mike Troy - 07/26/2018
Gemma Kubat joins Target in new supply chain role Aug. 6, 2018

Global supply chain and logistics at Target are getting a boost from the services of a newly hired executive who joins the company from Walmart.

Target is in the midst of an omnichannel transformation and to aid in the process the company named Gemma Kubat to the role of Senior Vice President of supply chain engineering and activation. In that role she will lead the design, activation and ongoing management of assets that support Target’s global supply chain and logistics network.

The hiring is noteworthy on several fronts. For starters, top flight female talent is difficult to source in the supply chain world which tends to be even more dominated by men that some other disciplines in retail. Secondly, Kubat joins Target directly from Walmart where she most recently served as Vice President of global business service for Walmart and before that worked for the Walmart owned supermarket chain Asda in the U.K.

At Target, she will report to Arthur Valdez, Jr., Executive Vice President and chief supply chain officer.

“We're bringing together stores, digital channels, technology and supply chain to make shopping at Target even easier and more convenient," said Valdez. "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."

Target's strategy to leverage its network of more than 1,800 stores includes completely transforming its supply chain and logistics capabilities. The work has been integral to offering guests free two-day shipping nationwide, same-day delivery shopped by Shipt in 150 markets and the rollout of Drive Up services.

"Success in today's retail environment requires a supply chain that's both cost effective and nimble to provide a convenient shopping experience," said Kubat. "I'm excited to join the Target team and be a part of its differentiated approach that is leading the industry in fulfillment options for guests."