Sears names new supply chain president

Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) is seeking to grow e-commerce and in-store sales by bolstering supply chain and fulfillment. To that end, the retailer brought on William Hutchinson, former vice president of global fulfillment and logistics for Dell, as its new senior VP and president of Supply Chain.

Hutchinson succeeds Raj Penkar, who retired on May 31.

In his new role with the company, Hutchinson is accountable for all aspects of the company's supply chain, including distribution, transportation, customs compliance and global sourcing.

"Bill possesses the right combination of leadership, operational proficiency and technical acumen to lead our Supply Chain business unit," said Edward Lampert, Sears Holdings chairman and CEO, in a statement. "His significant background working within retail environments will support a seamless transition and Bill's proven ability to achieve results is critical to improving our members' experience."

To differentiate itself from competitors, Sears also introduced interactive, experiential shops within its stores this week. Its Connected Solutions, powered by Shop Your Way, brings together "one of the most authoritative assortments of smart, connected home and personal automation products in the industry," according to a Sears statement.

Sears launched the first three Connected Solutions 1,700-square-foot shops in the Chicago area, featuring products like Wi-Fi thermostats, smart locks, wireless lighting, smart watches, mobile phones and tablets, and home security monitoring.

Experts are available to show consumers how these items work. For example, consumers can learn how to program their connected garage door opener, which notifies them by text when the door opens and closes.

For more:
-See this Sears statement
-See this Sears statement

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