National Performance Warehouse/National Auto Parts Warehouse (NPW) has hired industry veteran Bill Melone to enhance its purchasing department at its Miami headquarters.
Melone comes with 33 years of experience in warehouse purchasing, store operations, installer sales, retail sales and marketing, vendor negotiations and forecasting. In his new role at NPW, he will serve as category manager in the traditional parts category.
Melone has experience with dealerships (Eddie Accardi Jeep), Rose Auto Stores, Pep Boys, and most recently, 17 years at Bennett Auto Supply in Florida.
Melone will have a team of buyers and re-buyers reporting to him. He will be working from NPW’s Miami headquarters purchasing offices, headed by Rick Kovalick, NPW’s senior vice president of purchasing and marketing.
Chris Pacey, NPW’s Executive vice president, commented on Melone’s appointment, “As our company is seeing rapid growth, we knew we had to enhance our inventory positions and staff. Whether on the buy side, the optimization of inventory, maintaining high order fill rates or marketing the products, we needed to add more experience to our bench. Bill is the first in our plan to optimize how we control our inventory. Miami continues to seek additional automotive category managers to balance the workload and ensure we are prepared to handle the increased demand to fuel our continued growth. We are glad to have Bill on our team.”