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Warehousing and Distribution

Georgia: Logistics Hub for Global Markets

Why Georgia for Warehousing and Distribution?

With superior highway access to the eastern U.S. market, growing port connections to the world and an abundance of workers at low relative wages, Georgia is the ideal location for the warehousing and logistics industry. The state is home to nearly 800 million square feet of warehouse distribution space, with metro Atlanta – the largest market in Georgia and sixth largest in the U.S. – accounting for 683 million square feet.

Georgia's strengths:

  • Well-developed transportation infrastructure
  • Low operating costs
  • Highly-skilled workers
  • Renowned workforce training program
  • Excellent accessibility to market
  • Business-friendly environment

Georgia Leads

5,000 +

Miles of Rail Through Georgia

CSX and Norfolk Southern

9,500

Daily Truck Transactions at GA Ports

Georgia Ports Authority

800 M

Square Feet of Warehouse Space in GA

CoStar 2019

Recent Warehouse Distribution Locations in Georgia

Over the last five years, warehouse distribution operations have added more than 26 million square feet of space in the Georgia market. Locations across the state are ideal for warehouse distribution. Here are a few recent examples of companies now calling Georgia home.

Safavieh’s $60 million Savannah expansion to create 200 new jobs

In August of 2017, Safavieh, a manufacturer and distributor of home furnishings, announced plans to significantly expand its presence in Chatham County.

“We are pleased that the State of Georgia and the Georgia Ports Authority continue to invest in infrastructure that enables our expansion and allows us to create even more quality jobs in the region. Safavieh will continue to increase our facilities across the U.S. to provide better and faster service to the customer.”

Darius Yaraghi, principal Safavieh

Source: SavannahNow “Safavieh’s $60 million Savannah expansion to create 200 new jobs,” 8.16.2017

Texas textile maker to put distribution center in Northeast Georgia

“Loloi is thrilled to invest in a brand new distribution facility based in Georgia. This infrastructural investment will help us better serve our customers, and meet the growing demand for our product. The Bartow County workforce and logistics infrastructure are an ideal match for our business.”

Amir Loloi, founder and president, Loloi

Source: “Texas textile maker to put distribution center in Bartow,” April 14, 2018, Rome News-Tribune

Largest Warehouses and Distribution Centers in Georgia

  • Target Corp. (Savannah), 2 million square feet
  • Walmart (Statesboro), 1.96 million square feet
  • Academy Sports (Jeffersonville), 1.86 million square feet
  • Procter & Gamble (Albany), 1.6 million square feet
  • Kimberly Clark (McDonough), 1.6 million square feet
  • General Mills (Social Circle), 1.5 million square feet
  • Whirlpool (McDonough), 1.5 million square feet
  • AutoZone (Lavonia), 1.5 million square feet
  • Target Corp. (Midway), 1.5 million square feet
  • Target Corp. (Tifton), 1.5 million square feet

Workforce

437 k

Total Warehouse-Related Jobs

EMSI, 2019

+12%

2019 - 2029 Growth in Warehouse Jobs

EMSI, 2019 (Absolute Job Growth, 2019 to 2029)

$14.51

Georgia Median Hourly Earnings

EMSI, 2019

Abundant Talent for Less

Growth in Georgia's warehouse distribution talent will outpace that of the U.S. overall over the next decade. As a state known for its high-quality, affordable workforce, Georgia continues to provide highly competitive wage rates.

  • Projected growth of 12% (1.1% annually) in warehouse distribution-related jobs over the next decade compared to 9% (0.8% annually) at the national level
  • Median hourly earnings of $14.51 compared to $15.38 nationally

Georgia offers an ample supply of skilled employees with a variety of technical backgrounds important to the success of warehouse distribution operations. There are currently more than 437,000 Georgians with highly relevant skill-sets in a variety of occupations.

Supply Chain Expertise

18,000

Supply Chain Experts in Georgia

EMSI Profile Analytics, 2019

7,000

Supply Chain Certification Students

Georgia Tech Continuing Education

200

Logistics-related technology companies

Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, one-pager, 2019

Atlanta: Highly Competitive Market for Warehouse Distribution

With an overall cost of doing business index of 92.1, Atlanta is one of the most cost-effective locations in the country. When considering expenses specific to warehouse distribution operations, Atlanta averages $14.7 million annually to run a 725,000 facility employing 200 workers. Operational costs include hourly labor, benefits, land, construction, property taxes and utilities. When comparing Atlanta's cost structure with that of other major areas like Northern New Jersey ($17.3 million), Chicago ($16.5 million) or Los Angeles ($15.9 million), the benefits of establishing a warehouse distribution location in Atlanta are clear.

Cost-related benefits of establishing a warehouse distribution location in Atlanta:

  • Low state corporate tax rate of 5.75%
  • Low overall cost of doing business
  • Competitive wage rates with low unionization
  • Tax exemptions on warehouse inventory in some areas

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