Wakefern taps Save A Lot exec to head up merchandising
Wakefern Food Corp. has a new merchandising head.
The nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative, with member companies that own and operate 354 supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price Rite Marketplace, The Fresh Grocer, Dearborn Market and Gourmet Garage banners, named Bryant Harris as chief merchandising officer.
Harris brings nearly 20 years of experience in retailing to his new role at Wakefern, where he will oversee the product procurement strategy, in store merchandising, pricing and promotion. Previously, he worked as executive VP, chief commercial officer for Save A Lot. He also held various positions at Walmart Inc. and Sam’s Club, including the lead of Sam’s Club’s fresh foods division.
In addition, Wakefern announced the promotion of Steve Henig to chief customer officer.
Henig has spent nearly three decades at Wakefern progressing through various procurement roles as well as leadership positions in corporate merchandising and marketing. He most recently served as VP of digital commerce and analytics. He oversaw the launch of the company’s first automated micro fulfillment center and leads the popular ShopRite from Home service.
In his new role, Henig will work with Wakefern members, leaders and associates to create a single, consistent brand voice for its customers and provide a deep understanding of the market, customers and competitors. He will oversee the departments of branding, e-commerce, marketing and advertising.