Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory elevated adviser Scott Ouellet to SVP of manufacturing and supply chain effective Sept. 18, the company announced Friday.
Ouellet brings more than 25 years of experience in supply chain transformation and strategic business advisory to the role. He has been a senior supply chain adviser to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for nearly a year.
Prior to joining Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Ouellet primarily served in the confection and snack industries and has held supply chain leaderships roles at The Hershey Company and Amplify Snack Brands, according to the release.
Ouellet has been played a role in executing the company’s strategic transformation plan to "do more with less," centered on simplifying and focusing its operations, according to CEO Rob Sarlls. This initiative has led to the elimination of underperforming SKUs, reduction in certain store delivery logistics to utilize third-party cross-docking and eliminated two offsite third-party warehouses.
“Scott’s strong background in the confection industry, along with his depth of experience in operations and supply chain, have already delivered impactful results in transforming our chocolate product and routes to market,” Sarlls said.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has been making actionable efforts to transform its supply chain in a move to reduce costs.
In May, the chocolate maker announced it was pursuing $1.2 million in annual cost savings tied to warehousing, transportation and manufacturing. Some measures included SKU rationalization and outsourcing its last mile fulfillment and e-commerce logistics needs.
The chocolate maker also partnered with an unnamed cold chain logistics company to provide a nationwide two-day delivery for online orders, which is expected to boost sales.