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Bauer returns to Target as senior VP

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MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. veteran John Bauer has rejoined the company as senior vice president, global inventory management. In this role, Bauer leads the teams responsible for ordering, inventory positioning, global trade and domestic transportation. He reports to executive vice president and chief supply chain officer Arthur Valdez Jr.

Bauer most recently served as chief logistics officer for TJX Cos. and before that held supply chain leadership positions at Kohl’s Corp. and Starbucks Corp. He previously worked at Target from 1999 to 2007.

“We’re thrilled to have John rejoin the Target team,” Valdez said. “Inventory management touches all aspects of the business, from merchandising and sourcing to supply chain and stores. John has experience working across all aspects of retail and delivering results in transformational environments.”

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 and Order Pickup services.

“Target is dedicated to ensuring guests have access to the products they love, when and how they want them,” Bauer said, adding that he was looking forward to helping drive the next phase of “an industry-leading supply chain evolution.”


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