QVC Opens its Fifth Distribution Center in Florence, S.C.
New Center to Employ 500 Locally
FLORENCE, S.C., July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- QVC, Inc., one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world, today celebrates the opening of its 1.4 million square-foot distribution center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration at 2200 TV Road in Florence, S.C. The facility estimates it will ship 1.8 million packages this year, which equates to more than 10,000 per day and more than 1,000 per hour.
Participants in today's festivities will include Governor Mark Sanford, Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr., Florence County Economic Development Partnership Chairman Dr. Charles Gould, Florence County Council Chairman K.G. "Rusty" Smith, Jr., QVC, Inc. President and CEO Mike George, and QVC Florence Distribution Center General Manager David Foster.
"The hard-working, dedicated employees in Florence are the backbone of our future success and we welcome them officially to the QVC family," said QVC Florence Distribution Center General Manager David Foster. "We received tremendous support from Senator Leatherman and the Florence County Economic Development Partnership, and we want to build and nurture our relationship with the community and its citizens."
"QVC's presence in our state is incredibly significant, both from the standpoint of the number of jobs it has brought and in the way it continues our success in growing our distribution sector here in South Carolina," said Governor Sanford. "We certainly look forward to the continued, mutually beneficial relationship between QVC and our state."
"I am delighted to welcome the entire QVC organization to Florence County. This organization, undoubtedly, will be a great leader of corporate citizenship. The chosen location within the great Pee Dee region of South Carolina will be very prosperous. I know that QVC will find the people of Florence County to be very hard working and dedicated to each day's tasks. The entire Florence County Economic Development Partnership team, led by Joe W. King, has done a phenomenal job in attracting such a highly respected company, in QVC," said Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.
QVC's Florence County facility is the fifth domestic distribution center for the company, which has shipped more than a billion packages in its 20-year history. The Florence facility will store primarily large products, such as exercise equipment, small appliances, electronics, and apparel. Four other centers are located in West Chester, PA; Suffolk, VA; Lancaster, PA; and Rocky Mount, NC.
QVC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ:LINTA), is one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world, with annual revenue of more than $7 billion. QVC is committed to providing customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to more than 166 million homes worldwide. The company's website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. With subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan, West Chester, PA-based QVC has shipped more than a billion packages in its 20-year history.
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