The Heartland becoming America’s distribution mecca

July 6, 1017 – A continued consolidation of retailers, wholesalers and 3PLs logistic providers to the US Heartland is part of a migration movement sweeping the country, according to a recent announcement from and reported by KCSmartPort.


Amazon, Dollar Tree and QVC are among the companies locating in the region. And, UPS is acting on its $220 million investment in the area.

According to the JOC statement about these moves, the purpose is to, “consolidate into larger, centralized, state-of-the-art facilities to cut transportation costs and meet the needs of a growing demand of e-commerce.”

“Kansas City’s central Midwest location and transportation network offers companies great logistical advantages,” said Chris Gutierrez, President of KC SmartPort. The region is home to the largest rail center in the United States, by tonnage, and is located at the intersection of four of the nation’s major interstate highways and placed on the largest navigable inland waterway.

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