In today’s global economy – technology is changing the landscape of how goods move around the globe. Technology has built and allowed for visibility and candor within the supply chain. Manufacturers can see their inventory in real time – throughout multiple different warehouse locations and distribution centers. The manufacturer’s customer can also see that inventory and order it online, have it delivered to an Amazon locker or even request to pick it up at a physical store location. Yes! People still drive to stores and physically pick up their purchases!
Reasons to Consider Indianapolis Warehousing Options
Just as the consumer has choices – so do Supply Chain Managers and buyers of 3rd party warehousing services. The type of technology they employ? To keep warehousing in-house or outsource to a 3PL? Where to locate their warehouses? The choices and options can be mind boggling. If you are faced with similar decisions in your role within your company – here are 4 reasons why you might consider Indianapolis, Indiana as the ideal location to locate your next warehouse.
Proximity to Your Customers
Indianapolis and its 3pl warehouses (also known as a public warehouses or shared warehouses) are considered to be: “the most centrally located of the largest 100 cities in the United States.” What does this mean to the Supply Chain Manager looking to optimize its network of in-house and 3rd party warehouses? It means that food, beverage and fast-moving CPG companies can reach 55 percent of all Americans within a 650-mile drive of Indianapolis. That is more than 50 million American households!
Workers Ready to Work
Employers in Indianapolis enjoy a workforce comprised of over one million skilled and educated regional workers. In other words – over one million workers that are ready to work! Here at Palisades Logistics – we always encourage our clients to build relationships with the frontline workers that will be handling their products on a daily basis. Get to know your customer service rep. Get to know your forklift drivers. These associates handle your products on a daily basis. If they succeed – you succeed.
Low Cost of Living. Low Cost of Doing Business
Remember those one million skilled workers Indianapolis has to offer? Well those workers enjoy a relatively low and competitive cost of living in Indianapolis. According to data from www.city-data.com – “overall cost of living (in Indianapolis) consistently ranks at or below the national average.” When utility costs are low. And state and local taxes are low. Combined with competitive average house prices. This allows employees to earn a livable wage and enjoy quality of life. It also enables employers to compensate their employees for a job well done, and at the same time pay a lower wage than in other markets. Combine all of these factors and users of public warehouses enjoy a low cost of doing business as well.
Planes, Tranes & Automobiles
No matter if you are looking to move good in to or out of Indianapolis – the infrastructure is in place to support the movement of your goods and inventory. Both eastern Class 1 railroads – The Norfolk Soutern & CSX – have operations in town. Indianapolis International Airport (IND) can move people and goods both domestically and internationally. There is a free trade zone. And Interstate Freeways 65, 69, 70 & 74 link the “loop” of Indianapolis with all major thoroughfares connecting Indianapolis to the population centers in the Midwest and northeastern United States.
The choice is clear when it comes to optimizing your company’s network of warehouses and distribution locations – Indianapolis is the place to be!
Where to locate your 3rd party and public warehouses is always a concern to the discerning supply chain manager; however, it does not have to be your concern. Palisades Logistics has established and nurtured business relationships with top-notch companies throughout the United States and Canada. The Palisades Logistics’ growing, regional network of partners affords the customers of Palisades Logistics a single source provider who has the resources ready to meet all your third-party logistics requirements whether they are local or regional in nature.