Public warehousing and distribution businesses are thriving in the United States, but what is the best and most suitable place for this type of establishment? Arguably it is St. Louis, Missouri and before critics try to over-analyze and rob the city of its numero uno spot, let us take a look as to how it gains the top spot.
Why is it the most popular Midwest distribution center?
While debating business-to-business warehousing in North America, a lot of options come up such as Memphis, Chicago and even Indianapolis but St. Louis, Missouri has beaten everyone to the finish. The city offers an extremely impressive and competitive list of assets in terms of lucrative real estate, efficient labor and personnel, transportation facilities, and stable economy. Moreover, it is situated at convenient distances of several important states and commercial markets in the country.
What is the real estate scene?
The St. Louis region has a number of suitable properties priced at reasonable rates that can be turned into public warehousing and distribution centers, along with completely developed land in vital industrial parks. These sites can effectively house the largest modern bulk distribution centers and provide direct and easy access to the multimodal transportation network. The River’s Edge Business Park still has some feasible locations for distribution, warehousing and manufacturing.
How is transportation out there?
There are thousands of acres of Foreign Trade Zone sites that are close to truck, rail, barge and air access. It is connected to four crucial interstates such as I-64, I-55, I-70, I-44 and six class 1 railroads like Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Canadian National Railway, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific. This is why St. Louis wins over Chicago since the latter is way too far to the north and delivery is inevitably delayed during a 2 to 3 day time frame in southeast and southwest regions. Indianapolis could be a contender if it wasn’t situated at such a long distance from the west coast.
Is the labor force good for public warehousing?
Skilled labor force is another feather in the cap for St. Louis. It is filled with many prestigious educational institutions that offer logistics and supply chain management programs, which include on-the-job training too. Thus there is a steady supply of skilled labor all the time. Memphis shows promise but falters in this aspect – there are too many labor problems to deal with.
St. Louis logistics show immense positivity for warehousing and distribution business, but the real trump card is the unwavering, secure economy, which is a luxury that many other cities can’t boast of. While there are fluctuations, the trend isn’t that extreme and can be brought under control without too much trouble.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in warehousing and third-party logistics providing distribution and fulfillment services for manufacturers, distributors, eCommerce and online companies worldwide. FW operates more than 4-million square feet of company-owned warehouse facilities throughout the Midwest, including the St. Louis, Kansas City and Indianapolis metro areas.
With commodity-specific facilities dedicated to contract, food grade, and chemical/hazardous material, FW has the versatility to handle virtually every product and the experience and expertise to do it very well. In addition, FW offers ambient, conditioned, refrigerated, and frozen storage as well as co-packing, fulfillment, cross-docking and transloading services. FW has a professional Solutions Team including an in-house industrial engineer to devise a supply chain proposal customized to suit your needs and matched with the best FW facility to provide a turn-key solution.
FW Warehousing has the same high quality management, service and technology infrastructure you would expect from a national 3PL and the lower overhead and better value facilities of an asset-based 3PL.