URBN Visits IUP Eberly College of Business and Information Technology

Posted on 11/27/2018 1:01:19 PM

URBN visits with Eberly College of Business & IT students and faculty November 14, 2018.On November 14, 2018, a panel of executives from URBN visited Eberly College of Business and Information Technology to network and engage with business students and faculty.

URBN is a portfolio of global consumer brands headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that includes Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, Terrain, and the Vetri Family. URBN operates in the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Israel, and Pakistan.

URBN Visits Eberly College of Business & IT November 14, 2018.URBN targets young adults with a merchandise mix of women’s and men’s fashion apparel, footwear, beauty products and accessories, activewear and gear, and housewares, as well as music primarily in the form of vinyl records and cassettes. URBN’s mission is to “create unique retail experiences with an eye toward creativity” and has a singular focus on pleasing the customer.

It was announced earlier this fall, that URBN would be opening a distribution center in Indiana County in fall 2019, just a few miles away from the IUP campus. The new development is valued at $30 million and will foster economic growth for Indiana County. 

URBN visits Eberly College of Business & IT November 14, 2018.URBN officials met with Eberly administrators regarding ways to partner to provide internships, jobs, and professional development opportunities for business students. In the afternoon, the team met for a Q&A session with the Eberly chairpersons and with business student leaders from the Eberly College of Business Student Advisory Council (COBSAC). URBN executives in attendance included Omar Tovar (chief logistics officer), Tom Moonan (director of logistics), Jen Schmicke (manager of talent acquisition), Sarika Shah (director of compensation), Denise Wright (North America human resources manager), and Kellen Wadach (senior manager-Global Supply Chain). Each member of the team shared information about their respective roles and responded to questions posed by the chairs and student leaders. 

Dominique Sgobba, senior human resources and general management major, really enjoyed the opportunity to meet with URBN officials. “I am very familiar with URBN’s quality products and with their strong reputation. I am so thankful that Eberly works to connect students with national/global leaders and companies. We have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with and learn first-hand from business leaders. This has made a real difference in job preparedness and placement.”

URBN visits Eberly College of Business & IT November 14, 2018.One highlight of the day was a presentation made by URBN’s Kellen Wadach to Prashanth Bharadwaj’s Supply Chain Management class. Over 130 students attended the presentation, which focused on URBN’s logistical operation. Wadach and other URBN representatives not only provided an overview of their global logistics network but also a thorough explanation of the analytical tools, quantitative analysis, and qualitative factors used in the determination of Indiana, PA as the site for their new fulfillment center. “The students had thoroughly analyzed supply chain cases of companies such as Walmart, McDonald’s, Nike, Boeing, and others. It was heartening to see our students confidently interacting with the URBN professionals while analyzing the company’s supply chain intricacies with the folks who actually run this major operation,” said Bharadwaj.

Cyndy Strittmatter, associate dean for Eberly College, coordinated the events for the day as part of Eberly’s Corporate Relations and Internship operation. “This is an exciting time for Indiana County and, at the same time, an excellent opportunity for Eberly and our students. URBN runs a multi-billion-dollar business worldwide. Having access to this company and to these individuals will clearly add significant value to our professional development programming and job placement.”