QVC President/CEO Mike George shared his tribute to recently deceased Quacker Factory founder Jeanne Bice yesterday:
Jeanne died unexpectedly Friday night, and her family, friends, and legions of Quackers are mourning her loss today. Their grief, our grief, is great, but we know just what to do. We’ll put on a Quacker Factory tee shirt and go about our day, and wink and nod at our like-minded friends, and everything will be all right.
The occasion for his tribute? Founder’s Day, the 25th anniversary of QVC’s founding:
So much has changed since Joe started this company: New platforms, new technologies, global expansion, market leadership, social networking, world-class brands, high-powered personalities, and much, much more. And yet, the core remains the same: Earning our customers’ trust every day. Inspiring joy every day. Building community every day.
In the comments on George’s statement, some QVC fans are already calling for a QVC Jeanne Bice tribute show during which fans could buy special commemorative products, like “a midnight blue shirt with a little dog looking up at the night sky…. 1 sequin star among some rhinestones scattered across the top of the shirt.”
In fact, two Quacker Factory shows are already scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2011 from 9 – 10 a.m. and 8 – 10 p.m. ET and Sunday, June 26, 2011 from 3 – 5 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m. ET.
Whether or not those shows are actually “tribute shows” are not, here’s betting they are going to be very QVC: combining emotion and commerce, making people happy and making QVC money.