One of the largest US-based e-commerce retailers, iHerb will open its fifth distribution center, early 2019, in Easton, Pennsylvania. It is the company's fourth distribution center on the East Coast of the U.S.
The 242,200 square foot Easton facility will be equipped with the latest technology and systems optimized for health products to ensure thorough quality control. The fully automated climate controlled distribution center will immediately hire 130 employees to open, with a potential employee population of over 300 as the business continues to grow.
In addition to the Pennsylvania distribution centers, additional locations include California, Kentucky, Illinois and a soon to be opened international center in South Korea.
According to company officials, as iHerb continues to grow at a rapid pace, the company required a facility that could meet global customer demand. Easton, Pennsylvania is the ideal location to serve the East Coast of the U.S. as well as international customers serviced by the Air Cargo hub of New York.
"The Lehigh Valley, in particular, Easton, made perfect sense for iHerb's next distribution and fulfillment location as we continue to expand our customer base rapidly," said Mark Hoffman, Senior Vice President of Operations. "This location will allow iHerb to reach a broad portion of the U.S. with fast delivery times and excellent customer experience, further demonstrating the continued importance of the Lehigh Valley area as one of the country's top logistics hubs."
"The Workforce Board Lehigh Valley and its premier workforce system called PA CareerLink is pleased to be a strategic partner with iHerb in assisting with their current and ongoing hiring needs for a skilled and qualified talent pipeline,” Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director of the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley.