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Target tabs Gemma Kubat as supply chain executive

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MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has hired Walmart executive Gemma Kubat as senior vice president of supply chain engineering and activation. Kubat will lead the design, activation and ongoing management of assets that support Target’s global supply chain and logistics network, the retailer announced July 26. Kubat is scheduled to join Target on August 6 and will report to Arthur Valdez Jr., executive vice president and chief supply chain officer at Target.

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“We’re bringing together stores, digital channels, technology and supply chain to make shopping at Target even easier and more convenient,” said Valdez. “Gemma’s talent for applying advanced solutions across large organizations is exactly the right fit for Target as we continue transforming our supply chain to meet the needs of our guests.”

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 services, the company said.

“Success in today’s retail environment requires a supply chain that’s both cost effective and nimble to provide a convenient shopping experience,” said Kubat. “I’m excited to join the Target team and be a part of its differentiated approach that is leading the industry in fulfillment options for guests.”

Kubat gained retail leadership experience in the areas of human resources, finance, innovation, strategy and logistics, Target said in a statement. She most recently worked as a Walmart vice president for global business services. She also worked at the Bentonville, Ark.-based company’s Asda supermarket chain in the United Kingdom.


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