The parent company of shopping network QVC says it plans to open a new fulfillment center next year in Bethlehem, creating 1,200 to 1,500 jobs.
The moves follow Qurate Retail Group’s 2017 acquisition of QVC’s competitor, the Home Shopping Network.
The West Chester-based company declined to comment on a location or size of the facility. The Lehigh Valley center, which is planned to open in mid-to-late 2019 will employ 1,200 to 1,500 workers and it will handle both QVC and HSN products.
The joint QVC and HSN fulfillment center will join online retailer Zulily, another Qurate brand with a fulfillment center in Bethlehem. Zulily's facility is located at 10 Emery St. in the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII.
Qurate said QVC and HSN generated $8.5 billion in revenue last year, reaching 100 million U.S. homes through five broadcast networks. The brands shipped more than 170 million items to customers in 2017.
As Bethlehem opens, others close
Meanwhile, Qurate plans to close a fulfillment center in Lancaster County as part of broader cost-cutting measures. It will close three fulfillment centers in 2020, including the facility in West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County. The other two centers are in Roanoke, Virginia, and Greeneville, Tennessee, a news release said.
The closings will eliminate about 1,725 jobs.
"This difficult decision was made after much discussion and thoughtful analysis and is expected to provide us with the capability to fulfill packages across brands and consolidate shipments for a better, faster and more environmentally friendly customer experience with lower shipping costs," COO Bob Spieth said in a statement. "Our operations in Lancaster, Roanoke and Greeneville have served us well over the years, and will continue to do so over the near-term. We thank our teams there for their dedication and support as we move forward.”