Zulily expanding into Central Ohio thanks to rapid growthAnnouncements — By Melanie McIntyre on February 28, 2012 at 8:00 am
It was announced on Feb. 15 that Zulily has added a new fulfillment facility at 3051 Creekside Parkway in Obetz.
The daily deal website that offers products for mothers, babies and children expects to add several hundred jobs to the Columbus region over the next five years. Zulily’ s Obetz fulfillment facility has been shipping orders since late January.
After a careful evaluation of numerous Midwest and Mid-Atlantic markets, it was decided that Obetz would be the ideal location for Zulily’s second fulfillment facility. (The other is in McCarran, Nev.)
Ultimately, it was the ability to quickly ship orders from Obetz, as well as the speed at which JobsOhio and the Columbus2020 economic development teams worked to address the company’s needs, that persuaded higher ups to expand into Central Ohio.
“The state, county, and local businesses have all been incredibly helpful and have made it possible for Zulily to pursue our aggressive growth plans, and to have a smooth transition process into the region,” says Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens.
The addition of hundreds of local jobs in the near future is surely good news. However, it’s Zulily’s rapid growth that is probably of greater interest to The Metropreneur’s readers.
The Seattle-based company was founded in 2009 by two men −Cavens and former Blue Nile CEO Mark Vadon− and became a 240-person company in 22 months. To what can that kind of growth be attributed?
“An unwavering focus on delivering exceptional value to our customers, finding unique, top-quality items to delight them each day, and providing exceptional customer service,” Cavens says.
To learn more about Zulily, visit Zulily.com.
Melanie McIntyre served as editorial director of The Metropreneur from its launch in August 2010 to May 2013. She is also a featured writer for Columbus Underground and writes about fashion, style and pop culture on her blog, Thoroughly Modern Melly. Melanie is an Ohio State University graduate, lives in the Short North, and enjoys reading and running.
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