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J. Kent Smith

VP, Business Development, Vaco Supply Chain Solutions

Kent Smith is a career retail professional with extensive experience across many retail sectors, formats, and geographies.

Working in different capacities in stores through high school and University, Kent joined Canadian Tire Corporation in 1991. After successfully completing re-engineering and marketing projects, he developed their new store inventory program, and rebuilt their planogramming, floor planning, fixture approaches to support CT’s expansion and renewal. Thereafter he helped launch their online business, improve their markdown and dealer relationships.

He built a larger retailer execution capability at Claybrooke before joining Albertsons in the USA, running merchandise presentation, layouts, and store deployment. In 2007 he joined Galleria and consulted with clients before taking over business development activities.

A passionate retail practitioner and merchant at heart, Kent is keen to promote a balanced approach to retailing that focuses on local and regionalization of offerings while empowering stores and staff with the tools they need to succeed in every increasing markets.

Kent has published in several online and in print media. When he’s not working, you can find him with his family in motorsports and cheer, or enjoying the Idaho back-country.

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