When fulfillment professionals say the Windy City blows a lot of other markets away, they’re not exaggerating.
Home to one of the country’s largest road, rail and air cargo networks with numerous UPS, DHL and FedEx locations, Chicago is a major eCommerce hub you’ll want to consider for economical B2C distribution.
Take a look at these impressive stats to see why a Chicago fulfillment center might make sense for you.
Number of U.S. consumers who are located within a six-hour drive of Chicago.[i]
Percentage of U.S. consumers who are located within a single day’s drive from a Chicago fulfillment center. (Can you say “easy same-day and next-day delivery”?)[ii]
Flight hours required to reach any part of North America from Illinois.[iii]
Square footage of DHL’s Chicago cargo warehouse at O’Hare International Airport – the carrier’s largest in North America. Chicago is also home to DHL’s recently opened Americas Innovation Center.
Square footage of UPS’s Chicago-Area Consolidation Hub, one of the carrier’s largest package processing facilities.
Number of SmartPost hubs that FedEx has established in Chicago and other key markets across the country.
Value of cargo that is handled by Chicago O’Hare’s landside and airside cargo handling facilities each year.[iv]
Size of Illinois’ civilian workforce – a fact that means you’ll find an abundance of skilled labor for your fulfillment operations. [v]
Number of trucking companies that operate out of Chicago and other parts of Illinois.[vi]
Percentage you’d save if you were to build a new 500,000-square-foot warehouse in Chicago instead of Los Angeles. A Chicago fulfillment center also costs approximately 30% to 40% less than it would in other popular Western U.S. regions such as the Inland Empire outside of LA and Portland, OR.[vii]
For more information, visit the websites of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Commerce, Intersect Illinois, Trammell Crow, and CBRE Research.
Better yet, contact Amware Fulfillment. Our two Chicago fulfillment centers are part of Amware’s national network of 15 fulfillment centers that are designed to get your goods to market faster and more efficiently.
[i] Cushman And Wakefield/Go The Last Mile Report https://cushman-wakefield.onehub.com/d/gjq6/
iv] Fly Chicago/Chicago Department Of Aviation https://www.flychicago.com/business/cargo/pages/default.aspx
[vi] Illinois Department Of Transportation
[vii] Trammell Crow CBRE Research, 2018