August 10, 2016 |
Two more signs that Amazon.com is rattling competitors: Shares of QVC (Liberty Interactive), the West Chester-based shopping service, fell more than 20 percent Friday, after it reported women's clothing sales had fallen this summer just as Amazon.com rolled out its own women's clothing sales platform. After years of forcing department and big-box stores out of business, is Amazon "taking market share" from QVC? asked Barton Crockett, retail analyst for FBR Capital Markets, in an investor conference call Friday with QVC boss Michael George.
June 17, 2016 |
VERSATILE Erin Elmore , the former Apprentice , TV anchor, QVC guest host and PhillyGossip favorite, is spending the first half of her summer in Cleveland. Elmore, who studied poly sci at the University of Miami and got her law degree at Villanova, has been named Deputy Press Secretary for Caucus Operations at the Republican National Convention, working, she said by phone, as "the liaison between the convention and Donald Trump . " Surprised that she's working in Republican Party politics, Elmore said her TV and Apprentice background got her foot in the door.
April 27, 2016 |
BACK WHEN Tattle was a boy, people kept their opinions to themselves. Then sportstalk radio let every fan with a transistor and a rotary phone have a forum to boorishly mouth off. Then political call-in radio replaced the oratory of Lincoln with the bloviating of . . . pick anyone. This development meshed with online comments sections, which allowed trolls who couldn't write a whole letter to their newspaper to spew venom before the minimalist ideas rattling around in their brains even had time to gestate.
April 25, 2016 |
This particular Thursday night in April, cold beer and thin-crust pizza were plentiful. Desks had been rolled out of the way, replaced by rows of chairs filled with mostly twenty- and thirtysomethings drinking, eating, and generally having a good time. By coworking-space standards, it seemed like a run-of-the-mill happy hour at Benjamin's Desk on 17th Street in Center City. Routine, that is, until the first name was called, a woman rose from her chair and stepped to the microphone, and the storytelling began.
March 12, 2016 |
QVC, the West Chester-based multimedia shopping company, is expanding overseas and cutting jobs - at the same time. The company founded in 1986 in the Philly suburbs now gets nearly a third of its revenue from outside the United States. At the same time, changing habits, and a younger shopper adept at mobile devices, have forced the company to focus more online and on many more digital platforms. Last year, $3.5 billion of QVC's $8.8 billion in net revenue came from e-commerce, half of which was from mobile platforms alone.
February 2, 2016
VANESSA Z. CHAN, 42, of Queen Village, is founder & chief designer of re.design, a business she started in January 2015. Chan, a former consultant for McKinsey & Co. and a materials-science engineer, designed loopit as a practical solution for tangled earbuds. Q: How did you come up with the idea? A: I was a consultant for 14 years and co-led McKinsey's innovation practice in Philadelphia. There were lots of problems for consumers but no great solutions. I had an "a-ha!"
November 17, 2015
At the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Thursday, women of all ages will descend on Center City to glean wisdom from the likes of Jessica Alba, actress and entrepreneur; Gloria Steinem, women's rights pioneer; Rachael Ray, celebrity chef and TV host; Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee from Liberia; and Carli Lloyd, World Cup soccer superstar. Some will offer tips on how to start your own business, including Lori Goldstein, a longtime stylist for Vanity Fair and other magazines as well as for high-style photographer Annie Leibovitz.
September 26, 2015 |
The U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia charged a former lighting manager at QVC Inc., the West Chester-based TV and online shopping network, with orchestrating an alleged $1.8 million fake-invoice scam. Douglas S. Rae, 58, of Bethlehem, could face 20 years in prison, an $8.75 million fine, and payment of full restitution on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and money laundering, federal prosecutors said in documents filed last week. Rae submitted $900,000 in fake invoices directly to QVC through two companies he controlled, Lighting Equipment Sales & Service Inc. and Lighting Products International Inc., according to the indictment.
September 26, 2015 |
The U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia charged a former lighting manager at QVC Inc., the West Chester-based TV and online shopping network, for allegedly orchestrating the submission of $1.8 million in bogus invoices between 2006 and 2013. Douglas S. Rae, a 58-year-old Bethlehem man, faces 20 years in prison, an $8.75 million fine and paying full restitutiton on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, federal prosecutors say in court documets filed last week.
August 19, 2015 |
Even as Michael George, CEO of West Chester-based TV and online shopping giant QVC Inc., prepares to start a new channel in France this month, he is planning to spend time in Seattle, home to Zulily Inc., which QVC owner Liberty Interactive Corp. said Monday it had agreed to buy for $2.4 billion in cash and stock. Zulily supplies boutique sippy cups, small lots of maternity pants, and thousands more products to smartphone-using mothers in their 20s and 30s. QVC wants to add Zulily's "millennium moms" to its own base of "35- to 65-year-old women, which Zulily perfectly complements," George said in a Monday afternoon interview, after fielding questions from Zulily software developers and managers.