Choosing a Midwest third party logistics 3PL partner is more important now than ever before. Experts agree that fuel prices are not going down any time soon. Regionalized warehousing is expanding with Third Party Logistics 3PL service providers expanding their regional coverage to other cities within their region. Manufacturers are looking to the future high cost of transporting goods as reasons to spread out their product distribution throughout the country.
St. Louis is the Gateway to the Midwest and the center of the country’s heartland. It is right smack dab in the middle of the country with outstanding barge, air, rail and trucking infrastructure already in place. So why should you choose a Midwest Third Party Logistics provider rather than one on each of the coasts?
Below are four reasons to support your decision to choose a Midwest Third Party Logistics provider:
Central location: the Midwest is located in the middle of the country both geographically and in terms of population.
Cost of Living: the cost of living in the Midwest is lower than the east or west coasts and substantially less expensive than the larger metropolitan areas in Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston or even Phoenix.
Established Infrastructure: the Midwest has been established for more than 100 years as a one a leading distribution center. From the days of Lewis & Clark through the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, the Midwest has been the focal point for product distribution throughout the country for a long, long time and has the infrastructure already in place.
Older Structures: as factories in the early 20th century located to the Midwest to utilize barge, rail and roads, the exodus of factories overseas left many large buildings vacant. Companies like FW Warehousing were able to purchase these buildings at discounted prices and converted them to cost-efficient warehouses. The newly constructed buildings in other parts of the country just cannot compete on a cost-basis.
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Kansas City, Indianapolis and St. Louis totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include contract warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage, product distribution and B2B and B2C fulfillment.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics Magazine.