Qvc shopping is one of the foremost home shopping networks in the world. The UK operations are based out of London for the corporate and broadcasting operations and call centre and distribution facilities are run out of Liverpool. The channel was formed in 1993 when QVC inc. signed an agreement with BSkyB to create the UK version of a highly successful American home shopping channel of the same name. it is the acronym for what the company stands for "Quality, Value, Convenience".
The company itself was formed in 1986 by Joseph Segel and broadcasts in four major countries of USA, UK, Germany and Japan with an estimated 141 million consumers. In the UK, QVC UK is broadcasted to viewers through satellite, cable and digital systems in England, Scotland and Ireland. It has an estimated reach of about 15.6 million homes. The programs for home shopping are broadcasted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is a program called QVCUK Night Time which offers the best of the previous hours.
Range of products: QVC stocks products of prominent brands and for the future, plans to invest in acquiring and developing their own brands. The channel has many hundreds of products that are broadly categorized in the following segments:
Online shopping portal: QVC also has an online shopping portal that showcases all of the products that are available on the home shopping network. At the portal the customer is able to browse the range of products and place orders for the same.
There is a comparative price agent which allows the customer to make comparisons of products based on price, features etc. the customer is guided through a secure shopping experience, allowing the customer to make purchases, calculate the payment, opt for a shipping service, make the payment and track the order and the status of the shipment.
The customer can also call the helpline to find out information on the status of the shipment, place an order or to request for any other information. The customer also has access to a 24 hour product review from users. The online system also enables the processing of returns of products.
There is also a 30 day money back policy that is available for the customer. There are also several products available at great discounted prices in the clearance section of the portal. There is detailed information regarding the policy of the company with regard to placing of orders, modes of payment, processing, shipping and handling, returns and refund etc. the customer can go through all this information before placing an order.