Breakout Session – Big Lots

Analytics Drive the Rhythm of Success at Big Lots

Big Lots is a unique, non-traditional, discount retailer operating approximately 1,460 stores in 48 states. Since implementing Voyager Allocation in 2005, Big Lots continues to improve inventory turnover, store forecasting and allocation execution for each of its locations. Big Lots continues to gain new insight into operational and store specific performance with advanced analytics, reporting and lost sales analysis coinciding with effective collaboration.

Learn how Big Lots leverages analytics to:

  • • Maximize proactive alerts to anticipate challenges and position stores to achieve their plans
  • • Accelerate collaboration and corrective action
  • • Improved trend analysis and current performance to plan
  • • Understand performance of fast and slow moving stores

Speaker: John Carnevale, Director, Merchandise Allocation

3023a35Bio: John Carnevale is Director of Merchandise Allocation for Big Lots, Inc. Carnevale has been a key member of the allocation team for more than 10 years. During his tenure, he has led various allocation teams by providing tactical and strategic direction to the daily activities of the allocation associates. He has improved inventory productivity, flow timing and case pack optimization. He is a power user for the Logility Voyager Store Allocation/Forecasting system and how to use the technology to drive decision making. He is highly successful in building and developing teams, implementing systems/ processes and developing reporting. Carnevale also manages the new store opening process, providing strategy and direction on developing new store merchandise category plans.

Carnevale brings over two decades of retail and allocation expertise to his position. Prior to his role at Big Lots, John was the Manager of Demand Chain Transformation for all Limited Brands (Express, The Limited, Bath and Body works and Victoria Secret). He also served as the Manager of Allocation role for Express and led all systems change/integration from Structure to Express Men.