The distribution/logistics industry in the United States today consists of approximately 300,000 companies. The need for distribution centers continues to grow as the U.S. population grows. Between 1980 and 2005, the amount of occupied distribution and warehouse space grew by an estimated 49 percent in the 50 largest markets in the U.S. From 2006 to 2016, employment in the truck transportation and warehousing industry is projected to grow by 15 percent. One of the main factors influencing the growth of the industry is consumer spending and the state of the national economy. As the national economy grows and the production and sales of goods increases, there is an increase in the demand for transportation services to move goods from their producers to consumers.
Customers continually require faster service, and in order to meet this need, companies are exploring more cost effective methods of shipping and distributing goods. By opening regional and local distribution centers along regular supply chain routes as in the cases of Target and ACE Hardware in Saratoga County, a manufacturer can ship products in bulk to locations where the large shipments can be broken into smaller increments. This decentralized model allows larger truckloads of goods to be shipped shorter distances to the final destination which both reduces costs and the time needed for delivery to the customer. For many years, typical distribution and logistics facilities were located by interstate, rail and/or a water port. Today, many such facilities are locating in industrial parks in rural areas.
Through the work of SEDC, Saratoga County is a prime location to continue building warehouses and distribution centers.
The center of the world’s richest marketplace, located at the Crossroads of Northeast North America
- 150 miles from New York City, Boston and Montreal
- 54% of the US and Canadian populations and 60% of their industries are located within one day’s shipping time (800 miles)
- One of the fastest growing and lowest taxed counties in New York State
- Home of GlobalFoundries