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Zach Zalowitz

VP, Digital Technology (Foot Locker)

Zach Zalowitz is the Omnichannel Solutions Lead for SCApath, a retail supply chain consulting firm specializing in strategy and systems implementation. He has worked with over 40 leading suppliers over the last two decades on key digital transformation projects in a number of roles. Zach is widely considered a triple threat in the consulting space, having an extensive background across leading Distributed Order Management Solutions (IBM, Manhattan Associates, Aptos), a full understanding of store and call-center operational execution, and thirdly in change-management aspects of the transformation.

Prior to his role at SCApath, Zach co-led the Design Lead team within Manhattan Associates Order Lifecycle Management Professional services, where he was one of the first OMS U.S. consultants. He has spoken on the topic of Order Management at numerous events, most recently at NRF, and has been quoted in a handful of leading digital publications.

Zach has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, focusing on Supply Chain Management and a collateral in Marketing. When not focused on Omnichannel and OMS, Zach is an avid music producer and hiker, recently having ascended Kilimanjaro.

To learn more, visit: www.scapath.com

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  • Posted on: 04/27/2022

    Will Foot Locker be better off long-term with fewer Nike shoes on its shelves?

    LCKR is that brand.
  • Posted on: 04/27/2022

    Will Foot Locker be better off long-term with fewer Nike shoes on its shelves?

    Crocs one is a good idea. Already in market. Similarly other investments made in past and previous acquisitions as well in APAC.
  • Posted on: 04/27/2022

    Will Foot Locker be better off long-term with fewer Nike shoes on its shelves?

    Big things are happening at FL. Hope you’re not disappointed in another 5 years
  • Posted on: 04/27/2022

    Champs Sports seeks ‘Homefield’ advantage with new concept store

    I can tell you this was a huge success. Knew a lot of folks that went, and there was huge buzz in the air. Foot Locker is definitely out in front in the experiential retail space. I expect more to come.
  • Posted on: 02/28/2022

    Will Foot Locker be better off long-term with fewer Nike shoes on its shelves?

    Three+ years ago, per this article, they started that strategy to diversify. Not sure I'm following the strategy comment, but wanting to understand more. Foot Locker knew Nike was that large part of their sales, and Nike knows it too. They are one of the largest distributors of Nike. It's only as true as if you were to say Northrup or Boeing have a disproportionate amount of their sales to the U.S. government -- bad strategy there?
  • Posted on: 02/28/2022

    Will Foot Locker be better off long-term with fewer Nike shoes on its shelves?

    There's no shortage of other shoe brands out there and even more up-and-coming brands. I imagine Foot Locker clearly has a plan, and if there's one thing they excel at it's knowing their customer base. Foot Locker is an American staple brand, they will find a way to reinvent and stay true to the client base. Also, just so everyone is clear, this is happening likely to JD/Finish Line too, the only difference is they do not have to report public earnings.
  • Posted on: 09/29/2021

    Will layaway programs go away for good (or bad)?

    I couldn't agree with you more. The bubble here will burst, at some point.
  • Posted on: 09/29/2021

    Will layaway programs go away for good (or bad)?

    Layaway as a concept, in this modern area -- to me is dead. It's complicated and messy from a process and IT perspective now that BNPL is growing in adoption. The shift of responsibility for payment needs to move to a third party in my mind, and the retailer should be getting this inventory off their books, collecting cash and increasing the inventory turn -- and AfterPay and the like should be rewarded, in the feeds and APR gained, for taking on the risk of payment. "Layaway is dead, long-live BNPL!"
  • Posted on: 09/27/2021

    Will reducing seasonal hires pose a big risk for Target?

    One of the more successful retailers in the U.S. makes a calculated decision, and that decision benefits their associates and the retailer has low attrition with employees. What's the "risk" we're asking about? The alternative is to re-hire the same amount of seasonal hires (they've dropped it around 23 percent and shifted those hours to current employees), and impact existing associates' morale and well-being (which in the non-peak months they'll have to rectify potentially). I'm not seeing the downside in terms of "risk."
  • Posted on: 08/02/2021

    Has Simone Biles struck marketing gold at the Tokyo Olympics?

    Michael Phelps was going through similar things. He has made it into opportunities and I don't believe it has backfired on him whatsoever. He did deal with his mental health issues in a different way than Ms. Biles did, but to each their own.
  • Posted on: 07/16/2021

    Will retailers be jilted by the trend toward micro and hybrid weddings?

    So I'll present an "expert opinion" here because I got married 11 months ago mid-pandemic, and had around 45 people at the wedding. Here's a quick recap:
    1. We bought 70 percent of the stuff for it from Etsy, the other 30 percent Amazon;
    2. Saved a ton on furniture, dance floor and reception itself;
    3. Was MUCH more intimate, and we actually got to talk to everyone;
    4. Saved money, put it into our dream house, and were none-the-lesser for it.
      1. If I were a betting man, I'd say the trend stays even after COVID-19 is over, whenever that's going to be. :)
  • Posted on: 06/09/2021

    Is now a good time for retailers to open new stores?

    Somewhat lengthy answer, but it depends really. Some of the brands you pointed out are bargain retailers operating on a "stack them high and let them fly" model. That's a customer experience needing a store. If you want bargain hunting online, then go to a marketplace like eBay or Amazon. The other end of the spectrum looks to be athleisure, which for me personally, I want to go into a store to check out and try on. You could make an argument that as Lululemon becomes more a generalized brand and less a "boutique" (now more for the masses, I mean) that they were under-developed in terms of number of stores. Warby Parker is the confusing one. I like their "we'll send you five, you send back what you don't want" so it seems odd they would keep adding stores if they were doing well with e-commerce. Bonobos too, which to me has fallen off from the buzz a few years back.
  • Posted on: 04/13/2021

    Will Bed Bath & Beyond’s new ad help change how consumers see the retailer?

    Agreed Suresh - the ad "feels good" but it's only as good as their execution against the new vision which is more than just a new branding and advertising, right?!
  • Posted on: 04/13/2021

    Will Bed Bath & Beyond’s new ad help change how consumers see the retailer?

    100 percent agree with you, Rick.
  • Posted on: 04/13/2021

    Will Bed Bath & Beyond’s new ad help change how consumers see the retailer?

    New stores look good but they are few and far between, and I'm not sure where the new rebranded stores are or why I'd go there out of the blue. Good points, Richard!

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