QVC has opened a new distribution center in Ontario, California, the company’s first on the West Coast. The one million square foot facility is expected to bring approximately 500 new jobs to Ontario by 2018 and an additional 500 jobs by 2020.
The company said the new distribution center is expected to accommodate approximately 20% of QVC’s total U.S. shipments, with plans to store and ship all product categories, from fashion and beauty products to televisions, computers and housewares.
The LEED-certified facility will utilize high efficiency systems for lighting, heating and cooling and will feature a solar array on its rooftop. The center is expected to lower the company’s use of trucking by more than 10 million miles annually, leading to a reduction of more than 35 million pounds of CO2 emissions per year, according to the retailer.
“QVC is a destination where consumers find what they love and love what they find and our new Ontario distribution center allows us to continue to enrich our customer experience,” said James Reid, vp/customer logistics, U.S. at QVC. “Our QVC family builds trust, loyalty and customer engagement with every product we ship. We are excited to welcome the Ontario team to the QVC family.”
To celebrate the distribution center’s opening, QVC is hosting a grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting event at the facility. In support of the Ontario community, QVC will present donations to the local chapters of the American Heart Association and the United Way.
QVC’s current U.S. distribution centers are located in Suffolk, Virginia; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Rocky Mount, North Carolina; and Florence, South Carolina.