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Ascena Retail’s David Jaffe honored with Entrepreneur of the Year Family Business Award

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Suffern, N.Y. — David Jaffe, president and CEO of Ascena Retail Group, has been named the National EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur of the Year Family Business Award of Excellence winner, recognized for building a company with multiple retail brands.

“Winning the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Family Business Award of Excellence is an honor for all of us at Ascena,” said Jaffe. “This Award truly recognizes the vision we shared a decade ago, that together we could take this quiet little company, Dressbarn, and make it into something much bigger; by creating a whole new paradigm for a retail holding company.”

Ascena Retail Group is a leading retail holding company with five brands: Lane Bryant, Catherines, Maurices, Dressbarn, Justice and Brothers.

“It is the family values that my parents put into place that not only created the culture for Dressbarn and now Ascena, but guided me and our team to achieve something that a lot of people said could not be done,” Jaffe said. “I am proud of the team’s accomplishments and together we look forward to a very promising future.”

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Stater Bros. Markets in executive promotion

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San Bernardino, Calif. — Stater Bros. Markets has announced the promotion of David Harris to the position of executive VP finance, CFO and principal accounting officer of Stater Bros. Markets, effective Nov. 25.

Harris joined Stater Bros. in 2009 as VP finance. In June 2011 he was promoted to senior VP finance, and in 2012 he was promoted to senior VP finance, CFO and principal accounting officer.

Harris reports to Jack H. Brown, chairman of the board and CEO.

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Vanderlande Industries awarded material handling project at Urban Outfitters

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Gap, Pa. — Urban Outfitters has awarded Vanderlande Industries a design and build contract for the automated material handling system at their new fulfillment center located in Gap, Pa. The new one million-sq-ft. facility will service their direct-to-consumer and wholesale channels. Urban Outfitters has also contracted Vanderlande’s Customer Services to provide monthly preventative operations and maintenance services.

The material handling system from Vanderlande Industries will utilize a hybrid concept featuring batch pick and mini-batches. The hybrid design allows for efficient processing of multichannel order fulfillment. Its flexible and scalable design will support future increases in demand and capacity, regardless of the order channel.

Vanderlande Industries is providing a turnkey solution for the design, integration and installation of the automated system. Construction of the new distribution center is scheduled to commence in September 2014 with full building and system completion in June 2015.

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