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.
July 31, 2015 |
West Chester-based TV and Web retailer QVC will open its first West Coast distribution center at a 1.1 million-square-foot facility in Ontario, Calif., according to commercial real estate services firm CBRE, which brokered the lease. QVC will occupy the largest of seven buildings at a warehouse complex being developed in the inland Southern California city by owner Sares-Regis Group, CBRE said in a release Wednesday. CBRE spokeswoman Kelly Conaway declined to discuss the lease's term or financial details.
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.