QBP’s East Coast distribution center will be moving over the New Year holiday, shutting down operations at day’s end December 26 at the rented space it’s occupied for three years and reopening January 5 in its new permanent home near Lancaster, PA. The temporary closure will extend shipping times slightly for East Coast dealers’ orders.
The opening of the 120,000 square foot facility is a significant step in QBP’s ongoing strategy to support retailers. “This will greatly expand our ability to serve independent specialty retailers on the eastern seaboard,” said Dave Smith, Q-East site manager. “This warehouse means more products, more variety, and fast ground shipping.” He added that the building could eventually expand to 200,000 square feet with capacity for over 30,000 SKUs, and Smith anticipates more hiring as the new facility ramps up over the next few years. “In addition to more shipping staff, we’re exploring adding a regional customer service call center and an accounts receivable department,” he said.
The new building reflects QBP values, such as personal health and environmental sustainability. It was built using energy efficient LEED and Energy Star methods, using recovered materials and energy saving technologies such as water efficient toilets, Digital Lumens’ LED smart lighting, and SolaTubes to supplement electric light with natural sunlight. Like QBP’s other buildings, it is equipped with locker rooms, showers, and bicycle day storage aimed at encouraging employees to ride to work.
The new Q-East was built in under 12 months and its completion means QBP can focus on opening a second West Coast distribution center, a small satellite warehouse set to open in Reno, NV in late 2015. The warehouse will complement the company’s Ogden, UT, facility and offer all West Coast dealers fast, efficient ground shipping on a wide selection of QBP products.
Quality Bicycle Products is an international wholesale distributor of bicycles, components, and outdoor gear. With distribution centers in Minnesota, Utah, and Pennsylvania, QBP serves a network of more than 5,000 independent retailers. QBP owns and manages a diverse collection of innovative bicycle brands including Surly, Salsa, All-City, 45North, Foundry, Cogburn Outdoors, Civia Cycles, and more. We strive to be an extraordinary business to partner with and to work for, and we have made good on that goal for more than 30 years. From our extensive advocacy efforts to our energy efficient facilities everything we do is aimed at making the world a better place and getting more butts on bikes. For more information about QBP, visit our website or contact Director of Marketing Ryan Johnson at 952-941-9391.