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E-commerce leader to open robotics-based depot in the Big Apple

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Amazon is expanding its distribution fleet to the Empire State.

The online giant plans to open a new 855,000-sq.-ft. fulfillment center in the New York City borough of Staten Island. The facility, which is Amazon’s first fulfillment center in the state, will pick, pack and ship customer items, such as household essentials, books and toys.

The warehouse will create more than 2,250 new, full-time jobs, and employees will work alongside advanced robotics. These solutions, developed by Amazon’s wholly-owned subsidiary Amazon Robotics, will assist employees in fulfilling customer orders.

The project is being developed by Matrix Development Group.

“We are excited to bring our first fulfillment center to New York and work alongside the state’s incredible workforce,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s VP of customer fulfillment. “The support of local leaders has been instrumental in our ability to come to New York, and we are grateful for the welcome we’ve received to bring thousands of new jobs with benefits starting on day one.”

This is the newest facility expected to feature advanced robotics technology. Amazon also plans to feature the technology in its new facility in South Florida, dubbed a “mega warehouse,” which is set to open in 2018. The online giant is also opening robotics-based distribution centers in Colorado and in Connecticut.

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Abercrombie & Fitch names CFO

BY Marianne Wilson

It's a homecoming for Abercrombie & Fitch Co.'s next finance head.

The teen apparel retailer appointed Scott D. Lipesky as senior VP and CFO, effective October 2, 2017. Lipesky most recently served as CFO of American Signature Inc., a privately-held home furnishings company. Prior to that, he spent nine years with Abercrombie in a variety of finance roles, most recently as CFO of Hollister Co.

At Abercrombie, Lipesky succeeds — and will report to — Joanne Crevoiserat, executive VP and COO. She has continued to serve as CFO after her promotion to COO in February 2017.

"Having previously spent nine successful years with us, Scott has strong relationships here and an intimate knowledge of our business and culture that will serve him and the company well, as we continue to execute aggressively against our strategic plan," said Crevoiserat.

Lipesky began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. His experience includes roles as corporate finance director with FTI Consulting, a global financial services advisory firm, and director of corporate business development with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

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Jeweler makes stylish debut on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

BY Marianne Wilson

David Yurman has opened his first boutique on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

Conceived by the Yurmans, the 3,250-sq.-ft. space reflects the brand's aesthetic and the family's unique artistic expression, and has a two-story historical façade that was maintained and restored to its original condition. The entrance lobby features a heritage wall that visually narrates the Yurmans' journey from art to jewelry with examples of David's early sculptures and wearable art pieces alongside more current designs.

The interior was inspired by the colors of the brand's most iconic gemstones and the hues in Sybil Yurman's paintings that hang throughout the space. The store's focal point is the central display column, featuring six cylindrical vitrines placed around a pillar of metal rods, reminiscent of the metal strands used in the crafting our jewelry. This feature acts as a focal display for the brand's most iconic pieces, and invites patrons to meander through the space. In the main area, violet motifs that were hand-applied over white gold leaf on decorative panels offer a subdued elegance.

Other distinct features include a men's jewelry area and a private salon. The men's area has a distinctly masculine feel created through the use of darker materials and found objects.

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