Keasbey, New Jersey-based Wakefern Food Corp., the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative, with member companies that own and operate supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price Rite Marketplace, The Fresh Grocer, Dearborn Market and Gourmet Garage banners, promoted Steve Henig to chief customer officer and named Bryant Harris as chief merchandising officer.
Henig has spent nearly three decades at Wakefern progressing through various procurement roles as well as leadership positions in corporate merchandising and marketing. He most recently served as VP of Digital Commerce and Analytics where he was responsible for e-commerce initiatives, app development and analytics needs. He oversaw the launch of the company’s first automated micro fulfillment center and leads the popular ShopRite from Home service.
In his new role, Henig will work with Wakefern members, leaders and associates to create a single, consistent brand voice for its customers and provide a deep understanding of the market, customers and competitors. He will oversee the departments of branding, e commerce, marketing and advertising.
Harris brings nearly 20 years of experience in retailing to his new role at Wakefern, where he will oversee the product procurement strategy, in store merchandising, pricing and promotion. He will be working closely with Henig to design and implement strategies to increase sales growth for the cooperative.
Previously, Harris worked as EVP, chief commercial officer for Save A Lot, an Onex Corporation owned company, in charge of assortment strategy, procurement, pricing, visual merchandising and store design. He also held various positions at Walmart Inc. and its subsidiary, Sam’s Club, including the lead of Sam’s Club’s fresh foods division, a role that represented $13 billion in annual sales.
A graduate of The College of New Jersey, Henig now teaches strategy and marketing at the school. He also received his Master of Business Administration from Monmouth University in New Jersey. Harris received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Missouri and served four years in the US Army, attaining the rank of captain.