If you import, there’s a lot to like about The Port of New York and New Jersey.
With numerous terminals, impressive rail connections and billions of dollars’ worth of recent improvements, it’s the country’s third-busiest port – and getting busier every day. In fact, according to a late January announcement, it recently surpassed the annual 7 million TEU mark for the first time in its history. And, of course, it’s smack dab in the middle of America’s most densely-populated region.
What’s less apparent is where you should store your goods after they’ve been off-loaded, because some NJ warehouses will clearly be a better match for your supply chain and sales goals than others.
In light of that, here are ten reasons why Middlesex County/Cranbury’s Exit 8A Submarket (i.e., Exit 8A off of the NJ Turnpike) deserves to be on your New Jersey warehouse short list.
- Competitive warehousing rates. On average, Exit 8A’s leasing rates are some of the lowest in the Northern and Central New Jersey submarket. Just as significant, they clock in at almost 10% less than asking rents for facilities nearer the ports
- Same-day delivery convenience. Located directly south of the port’s Newark-Elizabeth terminals, Exit 8A is less than an hour’s drive from many of the Northeast’s largest population centers, including Manhattan (32 miles) and Philadelphia (50 miles) – and less than two hour’s drive from a total of 22 million consumers.
- Extensive next-day delivery reach. Cranbury/Middlesex County’s central location at the Boston-Washington DC corridor is well-known for giving businesses the ability to reach approximately 130 million consumers (one third of the U.S. population) within a single day’s drive.
- A large warehousing footprint. With more than 1,660 facilities, Cranbury/Middlesex County has the largest number of warehouses and distribution centers in Northern and Central New Jersey – including two centrally located Amware fulfillment centers. It also has the biggest amount of space under construction.
- Prime highway access. In addition to being chock-full of NJ warehouses, Middlesex County is home to a network of major highways, including the New Jersey Turnpike/I-95, I-287, U.S. Routes 1, 9 and 130 and the Garden State Parkway.
- Dense concentration of trucking companies. Middlesex County is well-served by nearly 250 trucking carriers, a fact that provides shippers with a wide variety of inbound and outbound freight handling options.
- Multimodal. Want to offer more of your customers expedited package transportation? The nearby Newark Liberty International Airport (31 miles) and Philadelphia International Airport (30 miles) are convenient hubs for several parcel express carriers thanks to 1.5 million square feet of air cargo space.
- A highly qualified logistics workforce. More than 450,000 people already work in New Jersey’s supply chain industry – including 59,000 in Middlesex County, which currently has the largest concentration of logistics jobs in the state.
- Impressive eCommerce and transportation neighbors Many notable eCommerce, fulfillment and package delivery companies have a significant presence on Exit 8A, including Amazon, Williams-Sonoma, Wayfair, Crate & Barrel and FedEx. They’ve already run the numbers, done the math and decided that this prime New Jersey warehousing location truly delivers the goods.
- Great cannolis. Who says the food you eat on site visits has to be boring (or nutritious)? One bite of this delicious confection, and you’ll understand why the area is so proud of this amazing Italian pastry – and why it made this Top Ten list.
Should you decide that it makes sense to have a NJ warehouse but don’t have the budget or bandwidth to operate your own facility, keep Amware and its Cranbury, NJ fulfillment centers in mind. We can give you access to choice distribution space fast, with none of the capital expense or workforce management headaches. What’s more, we offer a wide range of services designed to improve delivery service, control fulfillment costs, and drive down your parcel spend.
Contact us to learn more or to arrange a tour.