In a bid to enhance distribution services and better serve consumers in the Northeastern United States, V.F. Corporation VFC plans to establish a new distribution center in Jonestown, PA. The company has been witnessing significant growth in its direct-to-consumer business, which provides an opportunity to expand distribution operations to better serve its customers.

Notably, revenues for the company’s direct-to-consumer business increased 17% in third-quarter 2017. Notably, enriching direct-to-consumer and digital businesses are crucial parts of the company’s five-year strategic growth plan (2021 growth strategy). The plan focuses on rapidly responding to the changing marketplace while targeting fantastic shareholder returns.

Coming back to the distribution center, it will come up in a 500,000 square feet facility in Jonestown , which is expected to be fully operational in early 2019. The facility will carry out distribution of products for the Vans, The North Face and the Timberland brands. The company expects the lease to begin in July 2018.

The new distribution center will attract investment up to $52 million and add more than 175 full-time jobs in the region,in the next three years.It expects to start hiring employees for the new facility in mid-2018. The company’s endeavor is likely to benefit the Berks, Lebanon and Dauphin counties both economically and through improved jobs. The news did not have any major impact on V.F. Corp’s share price. However, this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock gained 35.9% in the past six months, outperforming industry’s growth of 18.4%.


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G-III Apparel delivered an average positive earnings surprise of 6% for the trailing four quarters. It has a long-term earnings growth rate of 15%.

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