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Newgistics adds omnichannel muscle to board

Newgistics, a leading provider of end-to-end e-commerce solutions for top retailers and brands, has added Andrea Weiss and Robert Rosenblatt to its board of directors.

The company said that it plans to leverage the duo’s first-hand knowledge of what retailers need to compete in an increasingly omnichannel environment.

With 30 years of retail expertise, Weiss is considered an early innovator in multichannel commerce and a pioneer in creating seamless customer experiences. Her executive positions have included president of Guess?, chief stores officer of Limited Brands and SVP of Ann Taylor. Her extensive board service includes current roles at Chico’s, Pep Boys, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Nutrisystem. She also served on the board of GSI Commerce during its rise to becoming a leading e-commerce platform and, ultimately, its sale to eBay.

Weiss is the CEO of Retail Consulting (RCI) and founder of The O Alliance, an innovative consulting model designed to help retailers align their organizational practices with the needs and expectations of today’s digitally savvy consumer.

“Putting the consumer at the center of the retail ecosystem is vital to success and growth in today’s omnichannel environment,” said Weiss. “With a true end-to-end offering and a clear vision for how they can help retailers deliver the seamless experience that consumers have come to expect, Newgistics is a pivotal partner to forward-thinking companies in our industry. Helping them bring that vision to market is an exciting opportunity for me.”

Rosenblatt has more than 25 years of experience leading midsize and large retail organizations, including Tommy Hilfiger, HSN and Bloomingdale's, and recently served as interim president of Ideeli.com, a flash sales company that was acquired by Groupon. As group president and COO of Tommy Hilfiger, Rosenblatt is credited with growing revenues and profitability and built the company's first transactional website. Before that, he held positions as CFO, COO and president of HSN, where he introduced and built its online operation, leading it to profitability three months after inception. As CFO of Bloomingdale’s, he was responsible for the company’s P&L, financial planning and administrative management and, before that, served as VP of store operations.

“The retail industry is clearly at an inflection point where digital commerce, including omnichannel offerings that are intuitive for consumers, is what’s going to propel growth," said Rosenblatt. "Instead of trying to patch all the pieces together, Newgistics presents a compelling value proposition to its clients — one that I believe in and can help guide to meet retailers’ and consumers’ needs.”

In addition to his extensive experience working for leading retail brands, Rosenblatt currently holds a number of board seats for leading companies in the technology and retail industries. He also runs Rosenblatt Consulting, which specializes in helping investment firms determine value in both public and private consumer companies, as well as helping retail firms maximize profitability.

“Andrea and Bob bring a tremendous wealth of knowledge to an already impressive board," said Bill Razzouk, Newgistics’ CEO. "Newgistics has a history of innovation, going all the way back to our introduction of the Newgistics SmartLabel, which revolutionized e-commerce returns at an important point in the industry's growth. We haven’t stopped since then and now have all the pieces to lead the charge into true omnichannel experiences. Andrea and Bob will be important players in helping us do so more quickly.”