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Apple veteran takes charge of logistics at Target

Steve Rogerson
July 27, 2016

US retail chain Target has appointed Apple veteran Ben Cook to take charge of logistics.
Cook was appointed senior vice president in charge of global logistics, inventory allocation and replenishment, and will move to the company’s Minneapolis headquarters.
In his new role, he will lead the optimisation of Target’s inbound and outbound supply chain processes, including carrier transportation and last-kilometre delivery. He’ll also oversee inventory allocation and replenishment, merchandise planning operations and global logistics.
“Our guests expect us to deliver product quickly and reliably, and that means we need a supply chain that’s increasingly fast and precise,” said Target’s executive vice president Arthur Valdez. “Ben’s expertise and proven track record in cutting cost and reducing complexity in the name of speed will be an incredible asset to our team. We believe he’s the right addition to the work we’re doing to strengthen Target’s supply chain so we can offer an even faster and simpler guest experience.”
Cook brings experience in leading a range of supply chain functions, from international transportation and distribution to inventory control and direct-to-customer delivery. He comes to Target most recently from Apple where he was director of logistics and supply chain strategy, leading the transformation of logistics to support an omni-channel distribution model. In addition to Apple, Cook has held operational roles at Kimberly-Clark and The Home Depot.
 “The opportunity to apply creative thinking and my past experience to a supply chain of this scale is exhilarating,” said Cook. “Target has a reputable brand and a loyal guest base already in place, and I’m excited to be part of the team building an operation for the future that strengthens guest love and drives long-term company growth.”
Target has 1797 stores and a web sales operation. Since 1946, Target has given five per cent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4m a week.