Edgewood, MD – Less than two weeks before Black Friday and the start of the heaviest shopping season of the year, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin visited the Kohl’s E-Commerce Distribution Center in Edgewood, the largest of their four fulfillment centers across the country. During his visit Monday, Senator Cardin toured the 1 million-square-foot LEED Gold-certified facility and greeted employees. The facility employs 1,500 workers year round, and another 1,500 during the holiday season when they operate 24/7.
“We want everyone to know that Maryland is open for business and we are trying to expand job opportunities for people in our state. I’ve been proud to shine a spotlight on companies that have been making investments in their people and their products. Kohl’s is making a difference in our community,” said Senator Cardin. “Thanks to the convenience and array of products, e-commerce continues to grow and the Marketplace Fairness Act will level the playing field between traditional brick-and-mortar retailers and online retailers like kohls.com.”
“We appreciate Senator Cardin taking the time to tour our e-commerce fulfillment center,” said Dan Mueller, VP, E-Commerce Distribution, Kohl’s, who accompanied Senator Cardin on his tour. “We hope he enjoyed spending time with our associates while learning more about our operations and the positive economic impact the facility has in the area, including a significant number of jobs. We are proud to be part of this community, and on behalf of Kohl’s and our associates, we thank Senator Cardin for visiting.”
The Marketplace Fairness Act, which has passed the Senate, streamlines the sales tax collection process for each participating state and would not require a single penny in additional taxes to be paid that is not already owed. For Maryland, it would mean hundreds of millions of dollars of uncollected sales tax. It would require states to simplify their sales and use tax systems. It also would not harm small businesses, by exempting businesses with less than $1 million in remote sales.