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Ahold Delhaize hires Sanja Krajnović to lead distribution operations

Sanja Krajnović has joined ADUSA Supply Chain, Ahold Delhaize’s US distribution and logistics arm, as executive vice president of distribution and transportation.

ADUSA said yesterday that Krainovich oversees operations at 19 distribution, transportation and manufacturing centers serving more than 2,100 grocery retailers that ship more than 1.2 billion boxes annually and travel more than 125 million miles. In this role, he will also join the supply chain leadership team as part of the ongoing transformation of ADUSA’s supply chain into an integrated, self-managed network that began three years ago.

Based in Scarborough, Maine, the ADUSA Supply Chain group of companies includes ADUSA Supply Chain Services, ADUSA Distribution, ADUSA Transportation and ADUSA Procurement. The chain serves more than 2,000 stores and e-commerce operations of Ahold Delhaize US supermarket chains Stop & Shop, Giant Food, Giant/Martin’s, Food Lion and Hannaford on the East Coast.

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“I am very excited to join the ADUSA Supply Chain team as the chain continues to grow and transform,” said Krajnovich (pictured left) stated in the statement. “Retail is one of the most exciting industries and is the cornerstone of the supply chain. By continuing to improve distribution and transportation, the network plays a critical role in ensuring that the brands it supports give its customers when, where and how they want to shop and win in their markets. I look forward to using my previous experience to help advance the network’s mission of ‘Always Confident to Deliver’ and its commitment to delivering excellence every day.”

Krajnovich joins ADUSA from deep discount retailer Dollar General, where he served as senior vice president of store operations, managing 9,300 U.S. locations. Prior to that, he spent 24 years at Target Corp., most recently as Group Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Logistics. In a variety of roles at Target, including group director of global supply chain and logistics, senior site director, regional senior director of food operations, and senior district store director—he has led multi-site retail operations, food, global supply chain and logistics. managed the programs. and led many strategic initiatives and changes, ADUSA noted.

“As the brands we support continue to implement their ambitious growth plans and maintain their commitment to meet the needs of consumers every time they buy, it’s critical that we have a laser focus on the operational side of the supply chain,” said Roger Wheeler, president of ADUSA Retail Business Services (RBS ) division and a member of the US management team overseeing the supply chain. “We look forward to leveraging Sanja’s deep retail and supply chain expertise as we continue to transform for the future and leverage our network as a competitive advantage.”

As part of a three-year supply chain transformation that began in December 2019, Zaandam, Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize plans to self-manage more than 85% of its US distribution network — combining brick-and-mortar and e-commerce. By the end of 2022. The company reached its goal of moving to 2021 last October, with the chain reaching 65% self-operated central store volume. ADUSA recently added an automated distribution center in York City to its self-managed network, bringing the total number of self-managed facilities to 22.