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America’s Distribution Center

Patterson Distribution MapWhen it is time to evaluate the cost effectiveness of your supply chain management, the location of your warehousing and distribution facilities is absolutely the most important decision you’ll make.  Located within 48 hours of approximately 70% of the U.S. population, Memphis is blessed with a one-of-a-kind multi-modal transportation hub.  Our city’s history and reputation as America’s Distribution Center has resulted in an unusually high number of well-trained workers in transportation and distribution – in fact, we have the highest share among the top 100 Largest Metro Areas in the U.S.  What’s more, our labor costs are among the lowest of any other major city.  With more than 200 million square feet of industrial space in the metropolitan area and some of the most affordable rental rates in the country, it’s no wonder that companies like Mitsubishi, Electrolux, Nike, Kruger, Smuckers and Conwood are headquartered or have major distribution centers here.

In by rail (or river or runway)

Very few cities can claim to be home to five Class I railroads, but with BNSF, CSX, Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern and Canadian National, Memphis can make that claim.

While the majority of our import to retail clients will rely on inbound rail and outbound trucking, Memphis rounds out its multi-modal offerings with the busiest air cargo airport in North America – and second busiest in the world, and the fourth largest inland port in the U.S.

Out by roadway.

I-40, one of the busiest trucking corridors in the U.S., intersects in Memphis with I-55, the New Orleans to  Chicago route.  A third major interstate, I-69, will eventually connect Canada and Mexico through the middle of the U.S. and bisect Memphis.

We’re home to more than 200 LTL and TL carrier terminals.  A distribution center located in Memphis offers the advantage of a one-day transit time to more major cities than any other origin point.  The 11:00 p.m. cutoff time for FedEx package pickup also maximizes same-day parcel shipping.