Ulta Magnificence Inc. mentioned Aug. 27 it’s accelerating the opening of its Northwest Jacksonville e-commerce middle, however didn’t say when it could begin operations apart from it could be this yr.

In its second-quarter earnings report, the Bolingbrook, Illinois-based magnificence provides firm mentioned it “continues to take actions to handle the enterprise in response to COVID-19.”

In line with an Ulta information launch, a method is:

“Accelerating the opening of its Jacksonville quick achievement facility, rising order processing capability in current distribution facilities, and increasing ship-from-store capabilities to a further 100 shops, all to extend transport capability in help of continued robust e-commerce gross sales.”

Eileen Ziesemer, vp of public relations, mentioned Aug. 27 the corporate shouldn’t be disclosing an actual opening date.

“However we’re on observe to be operational to help increased ranges of e-commerce demand this vacation season,” Ziesemer mentioned.

Ulta Magnificence distributes and sells cosmetics, fragrances, skincare merchandise and hair care merchandise via its shops and web site.


Ulta Magnificence CEO Mary Dillon

In Might, Ulta Magnificence CEO Mary Dillon advised analysts within the firm’s first-quarter earnings convention name that the corporate will open its Jacksonville fast-fulfillment middle this yr as initially meant moderately than postpone the opening till 2021, a delay it introduced in December.

Ulta Magnificence is building-out a achievement middle at 2619 Ignition Drive within the Park 295 Industrial Park in Northwest Jacksonville.

Ulta Magnificence will lease a part of a 552,634-square-foot constructing at Interstate 295 and Duval Street. NorthPoint Improvement of Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, is growing Park 295.

The town issued a allow in July 2019 for Jim Cooper Development Co. Inc. to enhance 202,471 sq. ft of tenant area at a value of just about $3.98 million. A Park 295 grasp plan reveals 203,463 sq. ft is leased to Ulta.

In Might 2019, town confirmed that Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Perfume Inc. was Mission Flamingo.

Metropolis Council accredited a metropolis grant in January 2019 for Flamingo for $1.425 million.

Ulta Magnificence intends to speculate $37.5 million to lease and equip the middle to distribute private-label pores and skin and hair care merchandise.

Metropolis laws requires the mission to create 30 full-time jobs by year-end 2021 at a mean annual wage of $46,346.

A job posting for materials handler on the Jacksonville distribution middle mentioned that as a “essential contributor to environment friendly and efficient productiveness inside our Distribution Middle, you should have accountability for transport, receiving, stocking and fulfilling orders of product.”

It continued:

“With over 300,000 sq. ft of facility area and hundreds of merchandise which might be getting into and leaving our Middle each day, this position offers the chance to make our top-performing location even higher, making certain ever-increasing ranges of accuracy, velocity, and help to our shops and E-Commerce perform. Duties are usually accomplished via using an RF scanner,” it says. 

It didn’t handle the distinction in sq. footage in contrast with the build-out measurement.

Different present job postings embody distribution middle operations supervisor, administrative coordinator, clerk, tools operator and upkeep mechanic.

The corporate possible might be hiring many extra employees as a result of solely the 30 jobs are tied to the required annual wage to obtain the incentives. Decrease-wage warehouse jobs will not be counted towards the wage threshold.

As well as, public paperwork say the corporate might rent 400 seasonal employees yearly.

Quick-fulfillment facilities serve solely e-commerce orders. 

Dillon mentioned beforehand the services will have the ability to fill as much as 30,000 orders per day throughout peak instances, “rising our community capability and progressing towards our purpose of two-day e-commerce transport by 2021.”

Ulta Magnificence mentioned Aug. 27 that it quickly closed all of its shops March 19 in response to the unfold of COVID-19. By the top of June, greater than 90% of shops have been open for retail, and by July 20, all have been operational. 

As of Aug. 1, salon and forehead companies have been obtainable in most shops.

 It reported second-quarter web gross sales fell 26.3% to about $1.2 billion from about $1.7 billion the yr earlier than, and first-half web gross sales decreased 29.6% to about $2.4 billion from $3.4 billion within the first six months of fiscal 2019.

It attributed the decline to the affect of COVID-19.

The fiscal quarter and 6 months ended Aug. 1.

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