VF Corp. has launched operations at the largest of its 46 global distribution centers, a new 1.2 million-square-foot facility in Ontario, Calif. The DC is capable of shipping 76 million units annually and will employ approximately 550 people during peak periods.
Initially, the DC will service the Vans and The North Face brands, with the capability to add more VF banners in the future. The state-of-the-art facility’s automated systems, implemented in partnership with Vanderlande Industries, will allow it to ship 485,000 units per day, providing next-day ecommerce fulfillment for consumers in California, Nevada, Arizona and southern Utah.
The new center was designed with sustainability in mind, including:
- 56% in annual energy cost savings through energy efficient lighting, controls and submetering;
- 48% recycled content in building materials;
- Diversion of 98% of construction waste from the landfill; and
- Design for daylight and views in the regularly occupied areas of the building.
“Servicing our consumers and customers is our number one focus and this facility allows us to get our product to our consumer faster using technologically advanced equipment, which results in reduced lead times and increased efficiency in meeting consumer demands,” said Cameron Bailey, EVP, Global Supply Chain at VF Corp. in a statement.
“The new distribution center was designed with employee health and well-being in mind,” said Jon Watschke, VP, West Coast Distribution Center Transition at VF Corp. in a statement. “The center offers EV chargers, both indoor and outdoor restorative areas and features a robust fitness facility on site to encourage health and wellness.”
Recruitment for fulfillment center jobs took place through early 2023. A majority of the roles have been filled, with additional operator jobs to be added as the facility’s volume increases.