The Top 10 Distribution Center Locations for 2009
Operations & Fulfillment (an excellent publication you should be reading if you aren’t already) has published a list of the top locations for warehouses and DC’s in 2009, in this article “Where to Warehouse: The Top 10 for 2009.”
The winner this year was Henderson, Kentucky, assuming a single warehouse. Dallas, Texas finished among the best locations in a 5-warehouse network.
The fundamental criteria was distance, or how much of it might have to be covered in a warehouse network, assuming a national distribution operation. It focuses mostly on the time it might take a product to reach market within the network, so it’s mostly geographical in nature. The study’s authors point out that it doesn’t take factors like specific markets, road networks, land values, utility costs, into account. It’s geographical, based on the needs of a typical, generic company.
Scott Stone is Cisco-Eagle's Marketing Director with three decades of experience in material handling, warehousing and industrial operations. He writes on automation, warehousing, safety, manufacturing and other areas of concern for industrial operations.