North Arlington becomes center for distribution

January 24, 2017 by  

Although many people turn to the Internet for shopping these days, online retailers look to warehouse space for storage of their products, a factor which bodes well for those who own such space in northern New Jersey, which has access to the biggest port on the east coast and a large population of shoppers.

Recently, warehouses have been leased by Amazon in the Meadowlands, and FedEx has not only leased space in Wayne but plans to build a distribution center in North Arlington. As e-commerce retailers look to same-day and next-day delivery, they are also looking to warehouse space that is close to affluent and busy shoppers.

Executive vice president for Cushman & Wakefield, Stan Danzig, said these firms want to be close to New York City so they can carry out these express delivery services. This has pushed up prices for available warehouse spaces in northern New Jersey, while other companies have had to build their own.

The new distribution center that FedEx is building is a former dumping ground for Bethlehem Steel. A spokesperson for FedEx said that the factors used in consideration of the site was proximity to customers, strong local community workforces, and ease of access to major highways.

FedEx plans to complete the new distribution center later this year and hire 225 people so that local printing companies may benefit from the printing of flyers announcing a potential job fair.