Woolworths’ logistics transformation hit as key executive Julie Coates leaves

 In Australia, NewZealand, Woolworths

One of Woolworth’s most senior executives, Julie Coates, has left after only 10 months, leaving behind the billion dollar, 10-year task of transforming the company’s entire supply chain and logistics operation.

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Her exit leaves the crucial transformation process without a clear long-term leader, just at a time when bricks-and-mortar retailers such as Woolworths are scrambling to restructure their supply chain and logistics systems to cope with the shift to online shopping.

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Woolworths said in a brief statement on Friday that Ms Coates, had decided to leave the $46 billion retail group ‘‘to pursue other career opportunities’’.

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Prior to taking up the director of business transformation position, Ms Coates, a 12-year veteran of the company, was the boss of its merchandise chain Big W and sits on the board of its loss-making hardware joint venture Masters.

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It was only in October that Ms Coates took on the business transformation project, dubbed Mercury 2, which marked Woolworths next phase of its supply chain innovation and overhaul. Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…

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