Wide-open spaces. Yes, the Midwest has that – has it in spades in fact. Given only a casual glance, the space and vastness of land may be the only thing one notices. A closer look at air, land and rail networks reveals a quiet power – the beating heart of a quintessentially American industry – logistics. As companies look for ways to get the right products to the right place at the right time, logistics choices are key to strategy. North America’s physical size demands a logistical center. Due to geography and demography, that center happens to be home base of Distributors.
The Center Matters
Being at the center builds value into the supply chain. It allows a distribution network to more easily be geographically diverse. It reduces time to market by enabling expedited connections to be made to a greater proportion of the population. And it can allow shippers to consolidate assets – such as food storage.
A central location can relieve shippers of the necessity of having multiple distribution points in favor of one point of warehousing and distribution, one set of logistical assets to manage. It offers simplicity and speed to market. And that brings the focus back to the execution of your day-to-day business. A third-party logistics partner in the Midwest can also help you lower costs – labor, land/leases and fuel tend to be less expensive.
Get There Today
Terre Haute, Indiana is considered the “Crossroads of America.” Interstate 70 passes through and intersects with US Highway 41, 40 and 150. FedEx’s second-largest hub is 70 miles away. And UPS of Louisville and DHL of Cincinnati are within just a few hours drive. For even better perspective, Terre Haute is within one day by truck of Atlanta, Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Toronto.
A centralized location provides the ability to go east, west, north or south with ease. And it’s not just highway infrastructure. Indiana is known for a high level of rail infrastructure. The state’s 5,347 miles of railways serve 41 railroads – the nation’s fourth highest number. Indianapolis International Airport awaits just 70 miles up the road and Terre Haute Regional Airport is 16 miles away. As you look at distribution in the Midwest, you’ll see opportunities to reduce cycle times and overall inventories, lower costs and most importantly improve customer service.