As e-commerce accelerates at lightning speed, companies are innovating to get their products from the warehouse to buyers’ doorsteps faster than ever. With as-soon-as-possible becoming the standard, companies can’t afford to fall behind. Technology and process are important factors in efficient e-commerce, but location is the real game-changer for companies that need to move products or materials quickly.
Maryland’s prime location makes it ideal for logistics and distribution. At the center of the East Coast and next door to the nation’s capital, Maryland anchors one of the country’s busiest commercial corridors—and products are within an overnight drive of one-third of the U.S. population.
Maryland’s geographic location is ideal, but location alone doesn’t get the job done. Distribution and logistics companies need a robust transportation infrastructure and advanced facilities.
And Maryland has both.
Maryland’s distribution infrastructure is anchored by the Port of Baltimore, a deepwater port named one of “Three Ports Building for the Future” by Supply Chain Management Review. The Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) sits in the center of our state, and three other international airports are accessible in the region. Five major interstate highways and two Class 1 railroads run through Maryland.
Maryland’s strategic logistics and distribution centers round out the total package. Tradepoint Atlantic, a 3,300-acre multimodal industrial site centrally located in the Port of Baltimore, features a unique combination of access to deep-water berths, railroads and highway. It’s just one of.
The University of Maryland College Park ranks 13th in the nation in undergraduate supply chain management/logistics.
In 2020, giants in grocery and retail industries committed to Maryland for their distribution needs. Kroger and Ocado opened a robotic fulfillment center, and Pompeian Olive Oil announced a 400,000-square foot expansion. McCormick opened a massive 1.8 million square foot distribution center, and Amazon opened its fourth distribution center in the state. In recent years, other big names in business, such as FedEx, Restoration Hardware, Lidl and Smithfield Foods also grew their distribution efforts in Maryland.
Powerful partners for logistics and distribution, including PAXSTAR Specialty Logistics, Choptank Transport, and XPO Logistics also call Maryland home.
Whatever the nature or size of your business—even if it’s still in the planning stages—we can provide vital information and support.