A new study compares the cost of operating a distribution warehouse of 25 U.S. cities. Cities named in the study, by The Boyd Co., all house real estate markets considered to be well-positioned to attract new distribution warehousing investment in 2015.
Surveyed cities are consistent with corporate site selection trends favoring locations with strong linkages to the global marketplace via Class I intermodal rail terminals and deepwater container port operations.
Warehouse operating costs in the survey are scaled to a hypothetical 500,000 sq. ft. distribution center employing 150 hourly workers. The analysis includes all major geographically-variable factors critical to the corporate site selection process such as labor, real estate, construction, taxes, utilities and shipping.