The Top Women in Grocery Tech in 2020

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The Top Women in Grocery Tech in 2020

By the Editors of RIS and Progressive Grocer - 06/19/2020

RIS sister publication Progressive Grocer’s “2020 Top Women in Grocery” once again rounds up a community of extraordinary women — this year, 350 to be exact.

In addition, PG has named Susan Morris of Albertsons Cos. its 2020 Retail Trailblazer and Judi Kletz of Procter & Gamble its CPG Trailblazer, along with the remaining honorees across three categories: Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars and Store Managers.

This year’s honorees will be recognized at the 2020 Top Women in Grocery Gala and Celebration, Nov. 4-5 in Orlando, FL.

While all of these women make the grocery industry what it is and are taking it to the next level, RIS breaks out 10 Top Women in Grocery Technology from the list. These women are making use of today’s cutting-edge retail tech to drive the industry forward. Click here for the full list.

10 TOP WOMEN IN GROCERY TECHNOLOGY

 

Senior-Level Executives

 

MELISSA FULMORE-HARDWICK

VP, IT Enterprise Applications, Acosta

Fulmore-Hardwick led the planning, design and architecture of enterprise back-office platforms for the company’s 30,000-plus employees. She was at the helm of transformation to a common vertical infrastructure and the migration to a cloud platform, which eliminated more than 75 back-office systems, improved communications between systems and moved more than 18,000 users in an ERP transformation.

HEATHER GEORGE

SVP Brand, Lowes Foods

Under George’s leadership, Lowes Foods experienced industry-leading same-store sales that were among the highest in the industry. She guided her team through the implementation of new go-to-market strategies for digital marketing and social media initiatives, and the deployment of new shopper marketing efforts to grow Lowes’ business with its consumer packaged goods partners by maximizing ROIs and total sales.

KATIE HOTZE

Founder and CEO, Grocery Shopii

Hotze created a design for a tech offering that allows shoppers to use recipes to fill their carts online and source those ingredients directly from their local grocer’s shelves; the endeavor won Best Technology Application in PG’s Total Meal Solutions contest. She helped Grocery Shopii earn an Inno On Fire award from America Inno for shaping the company’s approach to solving the 74% cart abandonment rate.

 

RAMIYA IYER
Group VP, Digital and Data Applications, Albertsons Cos.

Iyer led the technology platforms for all digital channels and all of the enterprise data platforms at Albertsons, overseeing an operating and capital budget of approximately $100 million a year. She headed the redesign and implementation of all Albertsons digital properties, increasing customer engagement by double digits in the markets where the projects were deployed.

JODY KALMBACH

Group VP, Product Experience,
The Kroger Co./Technology and Digital

Kalmbach worked with the technology and digital team to become a product-led organization to best serve customers and the business. She led the initiative to unite customers’ separate, disconnected experiences, working with such Kroger partners as Ocado and Nuro to create a seamless customer experience and drive customer growth.

 

 

Rising Stars

 

JACKIE ADAMS

Director of HR Analytics, Meijer

Adams led a $7 million technology implementation across Meijer’s finance, human resources and information technology departments, delivering it on time and on budget. She consolidated 26 separate HR IT applications into a single solution for all 70,000 associates on the same day, incredibly without any major disruptions to the business.

VERONICA BYKIN

IT Director, Digital CX Engineering, Albertsons Cos.

With five reporting teams, Bykin headed up engineering groups responsible for digital customer experience, digital analytics, test and target, and other company-wide web initiatives. In less than a year, she built a team supporting the company’s web platform that has reduced consulting costs and brought technical skills in house.

SEBRON HURLBURT

Senior Merchandise Planner, 99 Cents Only Stores LLC

Hurlburt improved process efficiencies for ad hoc reporting, data analysis, store and distribution center inventory management, merchandise financial-planning tools, and more. She was also a key leader on the strategic business team that transformed how the company forecasts product demand and replenishment, creating a large cross-functioning platform to roll out a centralized inventory optimization strategy.

LUBNA LASNE

Technical Project Manager, Albertsons Cos.

Lasne was a key influencer in revamping the Albertsons digital grocery e-commerce checkout experience. She was instrumental in delivering a new e-commerce platform built on modern cloud-native patterns, start to finish, within 10 months, ensuring that it was ready for the holiday season.

Store managers

 

ALLISON HAGEDORN-ZIEGLER

Store Director, Cub Foods Uptown, Minneapolis

Hagedorn-Ziegler operated Cub Foods’ leading store in e-commerce, her percentage of e-commerce sales to total sales was the chain’s highest, and her location was among the banner’s top-performing stores in the area of customer satisfaction in e-commerce.