As your business grows, a North Carolina logistics hub could make sense for many reasons.
North Carolina offers a dynamic economy in a place where people want to be. Statistics show that North Carolina is growing at twice the national average. The cost and quality of life advantages are attracting many companies looking to establish manufacturing and logistics operations here.
- Central Location. North Carolina is located in the Mid-Atlantic Region, halfway between Boston and Miami. Most state locations are within 1 day, over the road, of 70% of the U.S. population. QVC, one of the largest direct-to-consumer shippers in the country, chose a Rocky Mount, NC warehouse for its largest distribution center.
- Climate. The state’s moderate climate means less weather-related shipping problems and a smoother supply chain, overall.
- Productive, Non-Union Workforce. North Carolina is the least unionized state in the country. The entire NC-based supply chain has very limited exposure to union strikes or “slowdowns.” The traditional cost of labor in a non-unionized company is less than in a highly unionized company.
- Port Access. Located on key Atlantic shipping lanes, North Carolina offers two full-service shipping ports in Wilmington and in Morehead City. For North Carolina logistics operations in the eastern part of the state, such as Kanban Logistics, the Port of Virginia at Norfolk/Hampton Roads, VA is just two hours away. The port has the deepest water on the East Coast – a huge advantage as larger, Post Panamax vessels become the norm.
- Rail Access. With over 3,200 miles of track, North Carolina boasts the largest consolidated rail system in the country. From this network, you can ship directly to 22 different states – with connections to the rest of North America.
- Air Access. North Carolina is home to the sixth busiest airline hub in the United States. The state is served by four major international airports, with more than 1,000 departures daily. No matter where you want to go in the world, you can get there from North Carolina.
- A Hub for Aerospace. More than 180 aerospace companies are engaged in manufacturing in North Carolina. That makes the state a great place to locate if you are a supplier to Boeing, Spirit, Cessna, Honeywell or the many other aerospace companies that do business in the Tar Heel state.
Those are just some of the reasons to consider a North Carolina logistics hub. To capitalize on these advantages without investing in your own buildings and people, consider partnering with the largest third-party logistics company in Eastern North Carolina, Kanban Logistics. We offer 1 million square feet of distribution center space across 6 modern warehouse facilities that feature temperature controlled warehousing space and foreign trade zone capabilities. For more information, contact us today.