QVC's First West Coast Distribution Center to be Constructed in Ontario, California
The Ontario Mayor and City Council announced Tuesday that global video and ecommerce retailer QVC has selected the City of Ontario as the location for the company’s first West Coast distribution center.
Once completed in summer 2016, QVC’s new site in Ontario will be both one of City’s largest distribution centers and among the City’s top employers. As QVC ramps up operations, the center is expected to employ more than 500 team members by 2018. QVC anticipates hiring approximately 1,000 team members in total by 2020 as the distribution center expands fulfillment to all product categories.
“I am excited to welcome QVC – the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer – to the City of Ontario,” Mayor Paul S. Leon said. “The addition of QVC’s West Coast distribution center furthers the City Council’s goal to invest in growth that will continue to drive the City’s economy.”
Officials from the Pennsylvania-based company finalized a lease agreement this week with property owners Sares-Regis that calls for the development of an approximately 1-million square foot building in Ontario at Fourth Street and Vineyard Avenue, immediately north of the Interstate 10 Freeway.
“Ontario is known for being the transportation hub for all of Southern California. We offer unique opportunities for businesses to come here to utilize our interstate highways, our rail systems, and our international airport.For a company like QVC – which has shipped more than 1.7 billion packages in the U.S. over the past 28 years – this competitive advantage is paramount,” Council Member Alan D. Wapner said.
QVC, which stands for Quality, Value and Convenience, is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer.
“Government officials have been essential in QVC’s efforts to open our first West Coast distribution center,” said James Reid, Vice President of Distribution Operations at QVC. “By expanding our distribution network to this region, QVC will further enrich our customer service experience through the swift and efficient delivery of each and every product we ship.”
“We are grateful to the ownership at QVC for choosing Ontario, and we are thrilled to be a part of the company’s growth,” Council Member Jim W. Bowman said. “Working with QVC and Sares-Regis is another example of a successful partnership with the private sector, and it shows Ontario’s commitment to operating in a businesslike manner.”
The announcement comes at a time when Ontario and the San Bernardino County economies continue to improve, with Transportation, and Warehousing and Distribution leading the growth. Between March 2014 to March 2015 in Ontario, employment in these two sectors increased by 44 percent (1,500 jobs). According to the State of California Employment Development Department, in March 2015 these two sectors also accounted for 25 percent of the total employment – or 25,575 jobs – in Ontario. It was followed by Retail Trade (13,750 total jobs) and Manufacturing (11,875 total jobs).
“The QVC Western Regional distribution center in Ontario will be a wonderful addition to the community and a tremendous boost to the economy,” Mayor pro Tem Debra Dorst-Porada. “It will provide hundreds of full-time and part-time jobs in distribution and professional services supporting the local economy.”
The new LEED-certified facility will utilize high efficiency systems for lighting, heating and cooling, and will feature a 250 kW solar array on its rooftop. The West Coast distribution center will also lower the company’s use of trucking by more than 10 million miles annually leading to a reduction of over 35 million pounds of CO2 emissions per year.
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