WEST CHESTER, Pa., Aug. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, QVC, Inc., the world's leading video and e-commerce retailer, announced the grand opening of its Ontario, California, distribution center – the company's first on the West Coast. The 1 million square foot facility is expected to bring approximately 500 new jobs to Ontario by 2018 and an additional 500 jobs by 2020.
"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, vice president, 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."
The new distribution center is expected to accommodate approximately 20 percent of QVC's total U.S. shipments, with plans to store and ship all product categories – from fashion and beauty products to big ticket items like TVs, computers and housewares.
"As we open the doors to our first West Coast distribution center, QVC would also like to take this time to reflect on the exceptional support we received from the California Governor's office, Mayor Paul Leon and the Ontario City Council and San Bernardino County," added Reid.
To celebrate the distribution center's opening, QVC will host a grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting event today at the distribution center. In support of the Ontario community, QVC will present donations to the local chapters of the American Heart Association and the United Way.
"The grand opening of QVC's state-of-the-art facility in Ontario is the result of hard work and coordination between the company, the state and our partners at the local level," said Leslie McBride, deputy director at the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). "We are honored QVC chose California and we look forward to continuing to work with them as they grow and add jobs in the Golden State."
The 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 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.
"We are excited that QVC selected our community as the home for its newest distribution center and know many of our residents look forward to joining the QVC family," said Ontario Mayor Paul Leon. "The City of Ontario holds our partnerships with forward-thinking companies like QVC in high esteem, as through them come great benefits for our city's economy, culture and people."
QVC's current U.S. distribution centers are located in Suffolk, Virginia; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Rocky Mount, North Carolina; and Florence, South Carolina. Since 1986, QVC has shipped more than 1.8 billion packages in the U.S., with a single-day shipping record of approximately 800,000 units.
About QVC QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world's leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC 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 360 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France 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. The company's website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.