Niklas (Nik) Braese is Group Manager of Product Management for Kroger Technology & Digital at The Kroger Co. He joined Kroger in 2018 and is responsible for leading product teams that use technology to solve problems in the Forecasting, Replenishment, Inventory Visibility, eCommerce Order Management and Optimization, Warehousing, and Logistics domains.
Nik started his career in IT and Supply Chain consulting for Accenture, where he worked with Cardinal Health to implement a supply chain traceability solution for prescription pharmaceuticals. He then founded an IT and Supply Chain consulting company, which he led for nearly five years. In 2012 he joined a startup based out of Germany that had a patented process for optimizing industrial heating and cooling systems. Nik was responsible for productizing the patent, developing operational processes, and leading the development of all IT systems. In 2015 he joined Unlimited Systems, a company that provides revenue cycle and claims filing software to oncology practices. He led five product managers and engineering teams in modernizing the flagship product suite from traditional Client/Server applications to the Microsoft Azure Cloud.
Nik holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State as well as a Master of Engineering degree in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Penn State, Nik spent two years raising money for the Four Diamonds organization, supporting children with cancer as part of the THON student-run philanthropy.
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