Distribution Centers

Distribution Centers

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

Commentary

Rarely in logistics do we encounter something so sensible in theory but so challenging in execution as converting retail space to e-commerce distribution and other industrial uses.

News & Analysis

16 Sep 2019
Fluctuations in tariffs have long necessitated a diversified and nimble supply chain strategy, but the current US-China trade war is creating unique challenges in the refrigerated cargo sector.
02 Aug 2019
Centralized cargo consolidation makes Mexico City dominant in industrial development, but growing port volumes may change that over time.
26 Jul 2019
Sponsored: Gulf Intermodal Services’ President Will Connell on the driver shortage, chassis availability, and the resin boom.
Port growth pushes Jersey space availability to 13-year low
18 Jul 2019
A new study shows a growing percentage of the Port of New York and New Jersey drayage fleet is making its first stop close to the port, an apparent reflection of the desire by shippers and logistics providers to use near-port warehouse space. That demand continues to create a tight market, with lease rates hitting new highs in the second quarter.
Cooling warehouse market gives shippers limited relief
16 Jul 2019
The prolonged rent increases over the past decade for logistics space are beginning to moderate, although growing imports and strong demand for e-commerce fulfillment space in the largest seaport cities will keep industrial real estate development robust through the end of the year.
19 Jun 2019
Despite a downturn in volume, freight shippers say intermodal remains a critical component of their supply chains even as technology is poised to lower truck costs.
21 May 2019
Retail giants Walmart and Amazon have entered into conversations directly with Class I railroads to enter in service agreements, bucking the historical structure in which shippers are required to use intermediaries to procure space.
21 May 2019
Shipper interest in a free trade zone in Zhuhai, China, is being driven by a shortage of logistics space and rocketing rental prices across the Pearl River in Hong Kong.
07 May 2019
The pioneer in on-demand warehousing, Flexe, nabbed $43 million in venture capital funding to build out its short-term spot contract logistics marketplace.
23 Apr 2019
Investments in warehousing technology are being driven not just by e-commerce growth but also by larger shippers wanting to optimize inventory placement as their networks get more complex.
22 Apr 2019
US containerized imports from Asia dropped 0.5 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2019, after rising 15.5 percent in the fourth quarter, according to the PIERS data, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS Markit
12 Apr 2019
Each year JOC publishes a directory of nearly 200 warehousing service providers across the United States to help beneficial cargo owners and transportation providers find warehousing capacity as needed.
12 Mar 2019
Mega-box warehouses of 1 million square feet and larger offer the size and efficiencies that are necessary for efficient e-commerce fulfillment, but finding sites in urban areas large enough to support the sprawling facilities can be problematic.
11 Mar 2019
Warehousing and storage companies increased employment a healthy 7 percent in February, outpacing overall US employment growth of 1.6 percent.
15 Feb 2019
Import demand growth in the region is improving prospects for already strong exports of petrochemical, agricultural, and forest products, which had previously been limited by a shortage of empty containers.
01 Feb 2019
The US-China trade war may be a one-off event, but it highlighted the tenuous balance of warehouse supply and demand in Southern California and New York-New Jersey, where future trade or weather events could result in meltdowns.
Logistics providers.
22 Jan 2019
The year 2018 was a volatile, challenging year for shippers, and 2019 is showing few signs that it will be any different.
Port of Los Angeles.
17 Jan 2019
The cause of the extreme gridlock at Los Angeles-Long Beach is manifold.
Containers stacked at a depot / storage center.
08 Jan 2019
A space shortage from high tariff-threat-induced volume has prompted shippers and 3PLs to seek alternative, nearby container space.
A warehouse / distribution center in the United States with workers.
04 Jan 2019
Even with a US recovery in its 10th year, the transportation and warehouse sectors continue to register strong monthly job growth.
Port of Long Beach.
04 Jan 2019
Spot rates in the eastbound Pacific increased for the second straight week.
Port of Veracruz.
20 Dec 2018
Can Mexico’s highways, railways, and related systems improve to handle higher trade volumes?
Cargo being unloaded.
19 Dec 2018
There are just 100 days to go until the UK exits the European Union, with British businesses "watching in horror" as the country lurches towards the worst case scenario — leaving the EU with no deal.
A truck travels in Mexico.
15 Nov 2018
Anti-crime experts, in a 2018 advisory and intelligence report, had a specific point of advice for cargo owners, and it’s a change from an anti-theft stance most likely deployed by many owners.
Krishnapatnam Port.
14 Nov 2018
The rail project is critical for Krishnapatnam's effort to increase transshipment volume, following India's cabotage relaxation for foreign-flag ship operators.
Port Panama City.
13 Nov 2018
The port's primary facilities at the west terminal sustained relatively minor damage; it was a "mixed bag," the port's executive director said, including lost doors, canopies, and skylights, and some damage to the port's container terminal.
Warehouse sites in Metro New York/New Jersey area.
12 Nov 2018
With consumers demanding ever faster delivery times, shippers are looking for space that helps them meet that demand, including nontraditional warehouse space.
An Amazon center in Nevada, United States.
09 Nov 2018
Every year, the expectation regarding “free” is that “free” gets faster and faster, and e-commerce players are a major factor. Thus, two-to-three-day click-to-delivery expectations are now the norm. And that’s upping delivery pressure on shippers.
XPO Logistics.
01 Nov 2018
A dynamic, demand-based pricing system similar to those used by airlines and hotels is one part of a broader plan that would affect how freight is shipped in the US LTL market.
A warehouse in the United States with workers.
31 Oct 2018
Keep this in mind: Every innovation in technology and transportation since the fax machine was invented, that was intended to disrupt or to disintermediate, was adopted and deployed first by 3PLs and carriers. Hence, your action item lies with your 3PLs and their carrier partners.
Los Angeles warehouses.
30 Oct 2018
Strong demand for all classifications of US industrial space will continue in the coming months.
Rail intermodal in the United States.
25 Oct 2018
Money can address some factors, but until several key checkpoints in a container’s journey address operational inefficiencies, bottlenecks will persist, consultants and industry executives said at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference this week.
Jim Tompkins, Tompkins International.
24 Oct 2018
The latest news from the JOC Inland Distribution Conference in Oak Brook, Illinois. Check back with this document frequently for the latest news and insights from key logistics, shipping, and trade decision makers.
Chicago - logistics technology capital.
08 Oct 2018
End-to-end visibility will make supply chains more efficient, Chicago-based project44’s President Tommy Barnes says, but only if shippers use data received to collaborate with partners.
A UPS truck travels in San Francisco, California, United States.
05 Oct 2018
From warehousing to trucking, US employers are rushing to get workers in place for the peak shipping season — and another, likely substantial, increase in end-of-year e-commerce purchases and deliveries.