Southern California has proven to be one of the top (if not the top) distribution hubs for North America. As speed to market plays a significant role in our supply chain world, this market is ideal in reaching vast populations.
The proximity to 3 major harbors and ports, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach and Port of San Diego, allows many shippers to import and export their goods to Asian countries and beyond. The major export destinations include Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Hong Kong. The ports represent a major economic engine for the state and the nation. Over 40% of imports enter the country through the California ports and over 30% of the nation’s exports depart through them. The warm weather climate also brings an advantage with all year productivity where many other hub locations don’t enjoy. The ports handled 598.3 million tons of freight valued at $1.7 trillion throughout the region in 2015. This is a daily average of 1.6 million tons! But access to ocean transportation isn’t the only advantage that the Southern California market brings to shippers, it’s the close proximity to all major interstates, airports and rail systems.
The Inland Empire is a region in Southern California that covers more than 27,000 square miles of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Originally a major center of agriculture this sub section of Southern California is now a mix of suburban and rural areas specializing in distribution, tourism, industrial and commercial development and civic organizations. The economy is this area is one of the largest and fastest-growing in the nation boasting the 13th largest metropolitan market.
This logistics-friendly area was among 25 nationwide warehousing industries reviewed by The Boyd Co. Inc., a site selection firm. By looking at a myriad of factors, the Inland Empire was concluded to be one of the top 10 places to be the most cost-effective to work in. The area is at a crossroads of freeways, has an airport nearby and includes both hubs for UPS and FedEx.
The Inland Empire continues to lead the nation in industrial activity. Large retail giants like Wal-Mart and now Amazon have entered the market in recent years and has resulted in a growth in the big box warehouse and the e-commerce market. The E-commerce market growth is responsible for 40% of all new transaction as stated in the First Quarter 2017 Market Report for the Industrial Inland Empire market.
The Inland Empire in total represents almost 8000 building with over 500 million square feet. The need for quality buildings with higher ceiling clearance, expanded truck lots, energy efficient light, modern fire suppression systems and functional office layouts are all in demand.
The coast continues to be expensive and migration into the Inland Empire region is expected to increase.
Pacific Coast Warehouse who has been in the southern California market since 1927, has strategically located their facilities in the heart of the Inland Empire. Our facilities in Ontario and Chino provide over 600,000 square feet to companies who require quality locations in the market. >>> For more information on PCW in the California market