Vice President Operations/Logistics
Giorgio Armani Corporations
Spearheaded the supply chain operations for multiple brands within the Giorgio Armani family (Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Armani Collezioni, Armani Jeans, and Armani Junior).Recognized as a hands-on leader with consistent management style for problem solving and disciplined decision making. Collaborated across departments to identify and actualize cost-saving techniques.Repeatedly promoted into senior leadership roles based on demonstrated success in executing strategy, taking risks, improving client relations, identifying cost savings techniques and consistent goal achievement. Direct report to the Chief Operating Officer.
ØTracked and managed the shipping of $64 million in wholesale merchandise to and from three warehouses in the United States and Canada.
ØImproved the communication with suppliers, freight forwarders, customs brokers and warehouse staff to proactively correct problems and ensure on-time deliveries domestically and internationally.
ØOrchestrated check and balance process resulting in 100% accuracy in orders validation and acquisition on wholesale system –manual and EDI.
ØDeveloped policies and procedures for each 3PL facility regarding wholesale systems daily operations and quality assurance.
ØCaptured significant savings by establishing cost-effective operational policies for office and warehouse.
ØMonitored inventory status to gauge the percentage received from international suppliers for efficient distribution planning, receiving, shipping and storage.
ØImplemented Customs Compliance initiatives; maintained Custom Bonds and F&W permits.
ØCut incoming and outgoing turnaround time by 50% through introducing aggressive benchmarks for 3PLs.
ØOversaw and monitored best practices for logistics solutions (service and cost control).
ØInterfaced with Inventory Control Department for Bi-Annual Physical Inventory for wholesale division – 1.5 million units.
ØImplemented the execution of monthly cycle counts and accurate inventory adjustments in the USA and Canadian warehouses resulting in savings of $100,000 in lost sales.
ØDeveloped and launched Sample Management Process for a $1 million VIP/Press and wholesale sample inventory at corporate office which resulted in a 50% deduction in shrinkage.
ØEducated warehouse staff on best practices for Vendor Compliance requirements resulting in a 50% deduction in violations.
ØPlayed a key role in identifying EDI documents issues - Interfaced with IT department to rectify problems and ensure timely and accurate incoming and outgoing of data.
ØTroubleshoot unforeseen circumstances that arose daily within the supply chain arena of the Corporation as well as three 3PLs.
ØDirected programmers and operations team to resolve client issues and implement customization where necessary.
ØAttended yearly VCF conferences cultivate and maintain synergistic partnership with clients.
Staff Training/Team Building:
ØPrimary trainer for all departments and management on specific duties and responsibilities with regard to wholesale systems (STEALTH and proprietary software ASM).
ØImproved employee performance by developing comprehensive training manuals and performance metrics.
ØRecognized for a strong command of delivering learning strategies and virtual training practices.
ØAssisted all departments in the creation and generation of wholesale system reports necessary to monitor business.
ØSupervised staff of ten.