Distribution Centers

Distribution Centers

News coverage of distribution centers, freight indexes, service providers and more.

Commentary

Third-party logistics had a better year than President Obama in 2013, but that’s not saying much. Gross revenue topped $150 billion for the first time. All market segments showed growth, with domestic transportation management leading the way. Overall net revenue growth was 4.9 percent.

News & Analysis

BNSF Alliance intermodal center
19 Aug 2014
Distribution centers and manufacturing plants are increasingly springing up around U.S. intermodal terminals, as shippers aim to reduce drayage costs and overall tightening truck capacity fuels intermodal volume growth.
U.S. industrial real estate rents rose as vacancies fell in the first half of 2014.
04 Aug 2014
One of the nation’s top real estate firms says the United States’ industrial real estate market continued major growth in the second quarter, but noted this growth is more responsible and less speculative than the pre-recession boom.
10 Jul 2014
A shortcut to a major intermodal complex in the Chicago area should be accessible to truckers until at least the autumn of 2015 now that a trial concerning a repealed ban isn’t expected until then.
Goodman Landport Logistics Estate
06 Jul 2014
Rapidly rising demand for retail and e-commerce logistics in China is providing warehouse property developers with a constant stream of business in both tier one cities along the coast and in the less developed inland regions.
06 Jul 2014
The logistics demands of home delivery and a shopping explosion in emerging markets are revolutionizing the contract logistics field, according to Transport Intelligence’s new Global Contract Logistics 2014 report.
A Wal-Mart store in Canada.
04 Jul 2014
Wal-Mart Canada has purchased two privately held Canadian logistics firms.
Indiana highway sign
02 Jul 2014
Wal-Mart’s recent decision to open a 1.2 million square-foot online retailing fulfillment center outside of Indianapolis suggests the state’s motto as the “crossroads of America” is well deserved.
Augmented reality
26 Jun 2014
Driverless trucks and completely automated warehousing systems may seem like futuristic gimmicks, but some technological advances could have a big impact on the shipping industry’s efficiency and reliability in the coming years, and they don’t involve robots and flying cars.
20 Jun 2014
What exactly is an e-commerce warehouse?
03 Jun 2014
There is no letup in the demand for modern logistics facilities in China, but local and foreign companies are competing for a limited number of available warehouses outside the developed logistics centers.