As of May, The North Face officially opened its new one million-square-foot, centralized distribution facility in Visalia, Calif., serving The North Face, Reef and Vans brands. Processing of orders began in June and shipments to retailers for the fall product line began in July. With over seven miles of conveyor belts and 300 to 350 employees, the facility is capable of handling up to one million units per week, SNEWS® was told. As one facility was opening, though, another was closing -- the 240,000-square-foot Lenexa, Kan., distribution center. The North Face opened the Kansas facility in 1999, one year before the company was acquired by VF Corp. The Kansas distribution center employed 100 and will officially close by the end of July, when the lease for the building ends.
VF Outdoor Coalition to Consolidate -- TNF most affected
The VF Outdoor Coalition, formed Aug. 27, 2001, and made up of JanSport, Eastpak, and The North Face, will complete the consolidation of administrative and support offices into three locations by Spring 2003 in the company's effort to become more efficient. A one-year notice ...read more