Bed Bath & Beyond Names John Welling SVP, Merchandising

Lisa Johnston
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Bed Bath & Beyond has named John Welling as senior VP, merchandise planning, allocation and operations as it continues to build outs its ranks.  

Welling, who will report to Joe Hartsig, Bed Bath & Beyond's chief merchandising officer and president of Harmon Health & Beauty Stores, will be tasked with helping lead the transformation of the No. 34 retailer’s inventory planning and replenishment strategy.

As part of this, he’ll lead the implementation of enhanced merchandising processes and inventory systems in order to improve in-stock levels and turn times, as well as boost its end-to-end inventory management capabilities, product lifecycle management, reporting tools and regional merchandising activities. 

He’ll also oversee the company's store space and assortment planning evolution as it seeks to improve customer experiences as part of its recently announced $250 million store remodel program.

Welling previously served as senior VP for planning and allocation at JC Penney, and he’s also held senior merchandising, planning and operations roles at The Michaels Companies and Walmart. He was also a partner in Accenture's North American retail practice.

"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,” he said in a statement. “I'm excited to help establish new capabilities that unlock growth and build on the strong authority of this business in the home."

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