Why Dallas is Great for Distribution
5 Reasons the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is a great place for Distribution, order fulfillment, and manufacturing
Wringing out every atom of efficiency from your supply chain is more important than ever. Figuring out where you’ll distribute products from is a key part of that decision. Here’s the case for the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex:
- Central location. Dallas is about as centralized as you can get, in particular when you consider its relative distance from North America’s 4 major business centers (New York, LA, Mexico City, and Toronto). 98% of U.S. consumers can be reached in a couple days by truck from DFW.
- Lower operating costs. Dallas warehouse space costs is inexpensive, and business costs are the lowest among major metropolitan areas. Tax rates are nearly 20% lower than the national average, and the weather is excellent.
- Logistics infrastructure. Dallas boasts one of the country’s top transportation networks, with more than 600 carriers operating from DFW. Traffic congestion is minimal compared to other U.S. metro areas, and Alliance Field, the nation’s first master planned industrial airport. Also, 3 major rail lines and 8 inter-modal hubs make Dallas a top inter-modal transportation center.
- Dallas gets it when it comes to import/export. Texas is the top exporting state in the U.S. and has easy access to the Mexican market. The I-35 NAFTA superhighway runs straight through Dallas/Fort Worth. Dallas is a major distribution point for goods that come through the Port of Houston.
- Dallas continues to grow. The metro area itself is projected to grow from 5.2 million in 2000 to 7.9 million in 2030. It’s got access to hundreds of corporate headquarters or major corporate operations – names like Exxon, GTE, Nokia, JC Penney, Frito-Lay, and more.
All of these reasons apply to manufacturing and order fulfillment operations, as well.
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.