URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

A few days ago I visited URBN’s East Coast distribution center with a few other interns.

Located in Gap, Pennsylvania, this center handles both store and direct-to-consumer merchandise. I learned a lot about how product is received, ticketed, handled, and shipped at URBN. I also got to see Terrain, URBN’s plant-nursery-slash-café.

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

All distribution operations handled in one building until fairly recently — now, the original 300,000 square foot facility handles store distribution, and a new million-square-foot building (pictured above) handles online fulfillment.

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

If you’ve ever ordered merchandise from Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, or Free People and you live on the East Coast, the stuff you bought has passed through here on its way to you.

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

This is the receiving dock, where merchandise first arrives.

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

I really wanted to go on this slide, but apparently regulations are a thing?

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

Because URBN merchandise doesn’t originally come with Canadian price tags, an employee has to physically re-tag each and every item that will be shipped to Canada.

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

The auto-bagger was one of the coolest pieces of machinery I’ve had the pleasure to see in person — it takes items from a conveyor belt, bags them up, and slaps a mailing label on top.

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

The clothes-to-be-shipped start out here.

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

They each get one of these.

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

Here come the bags!

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

Each item travels down the conveyor belt to be bagged up.

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

Out they come, ready to come thru to your place of residence.

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

For some reason, I found these rolls and rolls of bags to be hilarious. Don’t ask me why.

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

What are those yellow things? Bins?

Did you mean … UR-bins? ?

(I’m awful, I know.)

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

BHLDN wedding dresses!

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

This is the QA office, where clothing is tested in order to ensure that they meet standards.

We headed to Terrain after spending the morning at the distribution center. This specific site is the flagship site and used to be J. Franklin Styer’s Nursery. I’ve never been to a nursery-slash-café before — the store is like a more nature-y Anthropologie.

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

URBN Intern Visit to Distribution Center and Terrain

It was awesome seeing different parts of URBN on this trip — I can’t believe my internship is almost over. I’ve been AWOL from the blog recently because I’ve been working on a really cool project. Can’t wait to show it to you soon!

Mimi Chenyao

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