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Ascenta Retail Group uses Esri GIS analysis tools

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Redlands, Calif. — Ascena Retail Group, whose brands include Dressbarn, Maurices, and Justice, is integrating Esri GIS analysis tools, demographic data, and map visualization into its business processes.

Esri technology helps Ascena follow a customer centric approach for store development and market planning. It also helps the company identify key demographics and store profiles for each location to stratify and segment the brands. Ascena uses GIS to quickly assess the suitability of sites and market potential, streamlining the development process and reducing the cost and time to bring projects to completion.

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Wawa goes live with newest version of PDS’ Vista HR software application

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Blue Bell, Pa. — PDS, a developer of human resource, benefits, recruiting, and payroll systems, announced that convenience store operator Wawa has gone live with PDS’ Vista HRMS 4.1 application. The chain has been a customer of PDS since 1987.

“We were on a highly customized version of PDS’ software for 15 years,” explained Todd Lombardi, director of compensation and benefits at Wawa. “Before moving to the newest version, we evaluated other options and selected PDS again because they continued to be the best fit and partner for us. They have a level of familiarity with us, we have comfort with their product and their price point made good financial sense for us.”

Vista HRMS handles the weekly payroll processing for Wawa’s 18,000+ associates, processes more than 30,000 W-2s annually for the chain, and tracks vital information, such as benefits eligibility and retirement plan contributions. Vista also serves as a data repository for associate information (i.e. emergency contacts, benefits, compensation, and demographic information.

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Davaco expands operations into Canada

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Dallas — Davaco announced that the company has set up an operational division in Canada that can support global consumer brands with multi-unit programs in every province throughout Canada.

Davaco established its office near Toronto in 2011 to service immediate client needs, and is now available to provide services for additional clients in the growing Canadian marketplace.

Davaco Canada provides the following high-volume services for global consumer brands in retail, restaurant and hospitality sectors including: project management; rollouts, resets and remodels; fixture and equipment upgrades; graphics, digital signage or menu board installations; merchandising; surveys; design services; and special initiatives.

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