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No One Moves Like Memphis

With a world-class infrastructure and the ability to operate 24 hours a day for 365 days a year, it’s no wonder Memphis has earned the title of America’s Distribution Center. And our four modes of transportation – runway, road, rail and river – ensure that Memphis is the most reliable and cost-effective location for your logistics and distribution company.

Logistics and Distribution

The 4 R's


As the home of the FedEx World Hub, our airport ships all night long. In fact, it’s the second busiest air cargo airport in the world. If turnaround time is your priority, Memphis is your answer.

World’s Busiest Air Cargo Airports – 2015

AirportTotal Cargo (Metric Tons)
Hong Kong (HKG)4,422,227
Memphis, TN (MEM)4,290,633
Shanghai (PVG)3,273,732
Anchorage, AK (ANC)2,624,312
Incheon (ICN)2,595,74

Give us 48 hours and your goods can reach 45 states, Canada and Mexico by rail. Memphis is one of only four U.S. cities served by five Class I rail systems:


Union Pacific (UP) operates its most eastern location in Memphis, connecting our city to the western United States and moving cotton, lumber, processed foods and more.

BNSF Railway (BNSF) expanded its Tennessee Yard to 1,000,000 container lifts per year from 250,000. The expansion includes parking for more than 6,000 trucks, an automated inventory tracking system, five loading cranes and more.

Norfolk Southern (NS) operates three intermodal tracks and provides stacking capabilities, on load and off load services and access 7 days per week.

Canadian National Railroad (CN) completed a $100 million expansion to its Harrison Yard with a new capacity of 3,100 freight cars with 45 tracks which allows it to handle 35 or more freight trains per day.

CSX Corporation (CSX) shares an intermodal yard with CN and operates intermodal and automobile distribution terminals in Memphis.

Thanks to its natural geographical advantage, Memphis serves as a connection point for some of the nation’s key interstates and can reach more markets through overnight truck service.

Markets Served Through Overnight
Truck Service

CityTotal Metro Markets ServedTop 100 Metro Markets Served
St. Louis14638
Kansas City10924

Source: CTSI

With a long history as a river city, the Memphis port continues to be an important part of the nation’s intermodal transportation network.

  • The port generates more customs duties than most major U.S. seaports, including the port of New Orleans.
  • In 2015, the Port of Memphis handled more than 12.025 million short tons.
  • The Port of Memphis is the fourth largest inland port in the U.S.

Major Logistics and Distribution Operations

FedEx Corporation chose Memphis as the location for their global headquarters and provides supply chain and logistics solutions – including overnight delivery – to companies around the world. Proximity to the world hub guarantees some of the latest drop-off times for overnight delivery in the country.

Target Corporation invested in a new e-commerce distribution center in southeast Memphis. With a guaranteed workforce and a world-class infrastructure, Memphis was the obvious choice.

Nike opened its largest distribution center in the world in Memphis, Tennessee. The 2.8 million square foot facility allows the company to offer greater cost efficiencies, reduce shipping times and increase capabilities for their consumers and retail partners.

4,600,000 sf

4,300,000 sf

XPO Logistics Supply Chain
3,745,000 sf

2,735,300 sf

Nickey Warehouse
2,200,000 sf

DHL Supply Chain
2,100,000 sf

Patterson Warehouses
2,000,000 sf

Mallory Alexander
1,500,000 sf

McKesson Corp.
1,500,000 sf

Ford Motor Company
1,069,800 sf

Source: Memphis Business Journal Book of Lists

Logistics & Distribution Workforce

Memphis has more logistics workers per capita than any other metropolitan area in the country.

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers

40,320 employees
$12.70 average wage

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

13,600 employees
$20.48 average wage

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers

18,870 employees
$12.32 average wage

Packers and Packagers

6,640 employees
$9.33 average wage

Shipping and Receiving Clerks

5,690 employees
$14.32 average wage

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

5,380 employees
$13.42 average wage

Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

5,130 employees
$15.70 average wage

First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers and Material Movers

2,420 employees
$24.22 average wage

First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators

1,580 employees
$27.11 average wage

Industrial Engineers

1,500 employees
$38.36 average wage

Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment

1,450 employees
$10.66 average wage

Management Analysts

1,370 employees
$34.91 average wage

Transportation, Storage and Distribution Managers

1,340 employees
$38.87 average wage

Machine Feeders and Offbearers

150 employees
$14.29 average wage


590 employees
$30.74 average wage

Crane and Tower Operators

120 employees
$22.31 average wage

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics,
Occupational Employment Statistics
May 2015

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