September 23, 2009 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - 7-Eleven, Inc. announces the appointment of Bill Merrigan to serve as vice president of logistics of its 6.200-store chain in the U.S. and Canada.
Merrigan, who was most recently vice president of Global Supply Chain for International Paper in Tennessee, will report to Kevin Elliott, 7-Eleven's senior vice president of merchandising, marketing and logistics.
"Bill brings a wealth of experience and expertise to 7-Eleven and will help us drive greater excellence in quality, service and delivered cost to our franchisees and, ultimately, our customers," said Elliott. "We are focused on innovating and adapting our supply chain to create greater efficiencies in our distribution models."
Merrigan will lead 7-Eleven® stores' logistics operations, which includes managing its wholesaler relationships, direct-store product deliveries and the company's exclusive combined distribution center (CDC) network. He will office at the company's headquarters in Dallas.
7-Eleven's CDC network is an example of logistical excellence, "combining" products from multiple suppliers, for daily distribution by third-party logistics providers. The system was designed from a customer's points of view, rather than keeping just the supplier's needs in mind.
Merrigan has more than 32 years of logistics and transportation experience. While at International Paper, he was responsible for sourcing, warehousing, transportation, corporate real estate and strategic service. Before joining International Paper, he was senior vice president at Fleming Companies, Inc. and Nash Finch Company, both national wholesalers, where he directed distribution operations and labor relations
As an active member of national and international logistics and transportation trade organizations, Merrigan serves on the board of directors of the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association. He also is a member of the National Freight Transportation Alliance.
A native of Troy N.Y., Merrigan holds a bachelor's degree from Bethany College in Bethany, W. Va. He will reside in the Dallas area.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 7,800 7-Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 36,600 stores in 15 countries. During 2008, 7-Eleven stores worldwide generated total sales of more than $53.7 billion. For 15 consecutive years 7-Eleven has been listed among Hispanic Magazine's Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S., and is expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program.