December 5, 2014 |
New Bridgeport dining spot Something new and dramatic in sleepy little Bridgeport, across the Schuylkill from Norristown: Taphouse 23 (266 E. Fourth St., Bridgeport, 610-277-2323 ), which two weeks ago replaced a series of corner bars, most recently the Point. It's the pet project of local businessman Gary Johnson of Tube Methods, who after buying the joint realized that it needed more than a coat of paint. A top-to-bottom redo yielded dining areas off the two-sided bar as well as the roomy second floor, clad in wood with glass.
November 18, 2014 |
If any company should be comfortable in the cutthroat business of American retail these days, it should be QVC , the West Chester-based instant-shopping outfit. Store chains such as Urban Outfitters are scrambling to reach buyers through smartphone apps, wired warehouses, and data-guided custom offers in social media. Even Walmart is cutting way back on building new stores. Online-sales giant Amazon.com , for all its rapid growth, is barely profitable. QVC has no chain stores, just its high-ceilinged studio/headquarters at the former Commodore Computer complex, a Lancaster County warehouse, and similar centers in Britain, Italy, Germany, Japan, China, and, soon, France.
November 9, 2014 |
You have an idea for a business, or an invention, or a brand? How do you get started, and where? Right in our own backyard, it turns out. Put aside any snobbishness about selling online and on TV because you just might reach 110 million viewers. Home-shopping giant QVC, based in West Chester, has a fairly new start-up-seeding program called QVC Sprouts. If you want immediate crowd-sourced feedback, this could be the way to go for you. Just ask QVC millionaire Tara McConnell.
September 6, 2014 |
Joan Rivers was legendary when it came to the caustic celebrity put-down: "I can't wait for Britney Spears to lose her job so she can serve me coffee at 7-Eleven. " No one out there admitted to as many cosmetic procedures: "I've had so much plastic surgery, when I die, they will donate my body to Tupperware," she once joked. And sales of her eponymous collection of jewelry, apparel and cosmetics, selling for 24 years on West Chester-based QVC, reached a total of more than $1 billion this year.
August 18, 2014 |
TRAFFIC REPORTER Kacie McDonnell announced on yesterday's "Good Day Philadelphia" that it was her last day at Fox 29. The popular traffic reporter has decided to move closer to her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray (Murray's brother Josh recently won the heart of Andi Dorfman on "The Bachelorette"). Their relationship become public last year. McDonnell tearfully said goodbye to her "Good Day" family, saying she will always be a Philly girl. She's going to KSHB 41 Action News, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City, where she'll be the morning traffic reporter.
July 1, 2014 |
That smiling scrubber continues to clean up. With nearly seven million happy-faced pads sold since its national debut in 2012, Scrub Daddy is now the most successful product in the five-year history of Shark Tank , ABC-TV's competition show for entrepreneurs. On QVC alone, more than 2.5 million Scrub Daddys have sold since April 2012. You can find them at Bed Bath & Beyond and Walmart, as well as in supermarkets. But consumers told the daddy of Scrub Daddy, Voorhees inventor Aaron Krause, that they want more.
June 3, 2014 |
Chester County, seeking to enhance its reputation as a business destination, can already boast of being home to two well-known companies. "People know Vanguard," County Commissioner Ryan Costello said of the financial giant. "People know QVC," he said of the popular TV shopping network. Now, local officials are looking for Victory Brewing Co. to boost the county's image, too. "It's a story of local success we can all be proud of," Guy Ciarrocchi, president of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, said of Victory, which opened its first brewery in Downingtown in 1996.
January 6, 2014 |
Apropos of New Year's resolutions and fresh starts, maybe you've decided that this is the year that you are going to gear up your game at work. But how? We asked chief executives and top leaders of local businesses and nonprofits - people who have proved their ability to succeed. As a species, they're an interesting group, as we've discovered in our question-and-answer Leadership Agenda profiles published each Monday in The Inquirer. They work all the time, weekends, evenings.
December 3, 2013 |
This holiday season, more than half of the nation's employees will shop online - during work hours - reports the online job board CareerBuilder. On Cyber Monday, that has to be good news for Mike George, 52, chief executive of QVC Inc., one of the nation's largest online mass retailers. It's ranked second, after Amazon. Online? Isn't QVC a television shopping channel? In the most recent quarter, online shopping accounted for 37 percent of the West Chester company's global revenue, with mobile bringing in a third of U.S. e-commerce sales.
October 12, 2013 |
The success of West Chester-based QVC Inc. led its parent company, Liberty Interactive Corp., to announce Thursday that it would give the e-commerce retailer and cable shopping business its own "tracking stock. " Englewood, Colo.-based Liberty said it was making the change "intended to provide greater clarity regarding QVC's strong operating metrics, such as its leadership in mobile commerce and pioneering efforts in establishing social shopping platforms for its customers. " A tracking stock is issued by a parent company to follow the performance of a specific division.