About 500 workers impacted as Zulily shuts down Bethlehem warehouse, spokesperson says

About 500 workers are expected to be impacted in a move announced Monday evening by online retailer Zulily to shut down its Bethlehem fulfillment center, sometime later this year.

The Seattle, Washington-based retailer is known for its clothing, footwear, infant gear, toys, and home decor. A Zulily spokeswoman said the decision was based on the retailer’s ongoing evaluation of our fulfillment network’s footprint and current and projected needs.

The closure, the spokeswoman added, is expected to happen sometime in the second half of 2022. Zulily employees are also expected to receive information about other employment opportunities across the network of parent company, Qurate Retail Group. Qurate Retail also owns QVC and HSN, which operates fulfillment centers near the Zulily warehouse.

Zulily opened the 8,000-square-foot fulfillment center, 10 Emery St., in 2014 in Bethlehem’s Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII. It was then expected to create 1,200 full-time jobs within three years. The building opened to serve as Zulily’s Northeast fulfillment center with the company then making a multimillion-dollar investment.

The rise of online retail has created a boom in e-commerce and logistics in the region. The Lehigh Valley has become a logistics hub, with 35,000 jobs and year-over-year growth of 9.4% for the past five years, according to the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. Zulily for the past eight years has served as a major Lehigh Valley logistics employer, along with Amazon; FedEx Ground; NFI; Walmart; McKessson; Americold; and US Cold Storage.

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Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at pholzmann@lehighvalleylive.com.

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