Distribution & Logistics

Things move quickly around here.

Strategically located in the middle of the East Coast, Virginia is within a two-day drive of approximately 70 percent of the U.S. population and over 307,000 manufacturing establishments.

Virginia also has the third-largest state maintained transportation network in the country, providing quick access to the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest.

Extensive rail service is provided by two of the nation’s largest railroads—CSX Corporation and Norfolk Southern Corporation. And the Port of Virginia is one of the three busiest container ports on the U.S. East Coast and a leading gateway for the entire U.S. market.  UPS and FedEx Freight also operate hubs within the region.

There are numerous shovel-ready properties to be found throughout the region, and warehousing and high-bay distribution space is available at affordable lease rates.

Distribution and Logistics Employment
Trucking: 20,200
Warehousing: 19,300
Transportation Support: 14,600

Regional Research, Training and Collaboration

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems (CCALS)
A venture between Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Virginia, Virginia State University and Longwood University—CCALS focuses on modeling and simulation, intellectual property and workforce development.

Virginia State University
A four-year university offering a degree in Logistics and Industrial Technology.  The curriculum has been created by an industry-based advisory board ensuring that coursework, research, and program competencies translate into a workforce with relevant skill sets for materials management, supply chain, business and IT.

Area Community Colleges
A number of local community colleges have also developed relevant logistics courses, ranging from operations management to truck driving, helping to prepare individuals for careers in transportation, distribution and logistics.

Representative companies:

  • Ace Hardware Corp.:  Distribution and warehousing of hardware store goods
  • Amazon.com:  Fulfillment center
  • Defense Logistics Agency:  U.S. military supplies
  • Dollar General:  Distribution center
  • Food Lion, Inc.:  Distribution of groceries
  • GlaxoSmithKline:  Distribution of pharmaceutical products
  • Hanesbrands, Inc.:  Distribution of apparel
  • United Parcel Service (UPS):  Regional distribution center
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.:  Distribution center