New Jersey is one of the world’s fastest-growing hubs for logistics and distribution. We are home to the second largest seaport and the busiest airport system in the U.S. when combined with New York City and Philadelphia. Our peerless domestic and international transportation network offers access to new markets, resources and opportunities.
With a centralized location, skilled workforce and robust supply chain, New Jersey is quickly becoming “the warehouse state.” Amazon, Goya Foods, Destination Maternity, Williams-Sonoma, Volkswagen, Barnes & Noble, Coca Cola, The Home Depot, IKEA, W.W. Grainger, Hyundai, Crate & Barrel, Five Below and Wakefern Food Corporation, the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the U.S., all have major distribution centers here. New Jersey simply moves goods like no other state.
Retailers are looking for ways to keep up with customer expectations for next-day or same-day delivery. E-commerce sales continue to rise, leading to a surge of shipping volume requiring a robust network to quickly deliver packages. New Jersey’s warehouses, distribution and fulfillment centers are supporting this demand.
A distribution center in central New Jersey can reach more than 38 million consumers within a 2-hour drive. You can reach 33% of the US population within a day’s drive from any location in our State.
That’s why Amazon is among the largest corporate employers in New Jersey, with more than 40,000 employees at its 15 fulfillment and sortation centers and more than a dozen delivery stations (smaller facilities that help with last-mile delivery.)
Online fashion companies are also choosing New Jersey for its central location and access to East Coast consumer markets. Rent the Runway, a clothing rental service, and The RealReal, a luxury brand reseller, are fulfilling customer orders in their Secaucus facilities. The RealReal announced a second Perth Amboy location with plans to hire 700 more employees in 2019.
While many companies choose New Jersey for its strategic location, others are equally attracted to its affordable real estate, which offers them a good deal more space for the money than neighboring New York.
Online grocery seller Peapod discovered it could double its capacity by choosing a distribution facility in New Jersey to service their customers in New York City. In the summer of 2014, the company opened a 300,00-square-foot facility in Jersey City to serve its 21 million online shoppers. Demand for warehouse and distribution space continues to be strong.
|3||Barnes & Noble|
|5||Burlington Coat Factory|
|7||Crate and Barrel|
The deep-water ports of Newark, Elizabeth and Bayonne in New Jersey, when combined with the Port of Authority’s regional air cargo network, serve as a North American gateway for international freight and leading hub for domestic cargo. Over 7 million containers and $205 billion worth of cargo moved through our ports in 2019.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, along with its shipping terminals, container ship companies and railroad, have undertaken major capital projects and infrastructure improvements over the past several years in preparation for the neo-Panamax era. The Port Authority embarked on a $1.3 billion project to raise the clearance of the Bayonne Bridge at Port Newark/Elizabeth. The project pushed the bridge’s clearance up to 215 feet to accommodate the high capacity container ships coming from Asia to the East Coast through the expanded Panama Canal.
Source: McKinsey, Airports International Council, 2018
Source: Pacific Merchant Shipping Association,
Source: McKinsey, Experian, 2018
New Jersey’s Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) help companies keep costs in check by deferring the duty on goods until they leave the Zone. New Jersey has 5 FTZs strategically located throughout the State, including Port Newark/Elizabeth Marine Terminal’s FTZ #49. Spanning nearly 4,500 acres, FTZ #49 is one of the largest contiguous foreign trade zones in the U.S.
|wdt_ID||Foreign Trade Zones||Designation|
|1||FTZ #44||Morris County|
|2||FTZ #49||Port of Newark/Elizabeth Marine Terminate|
|3||FTZ #142||Salem County|
|4||FTZ #200||Mercer County/Airport in Trenton|
|5||FTZ #235||Ocean County|
Newark Liberty International Airport, JFK International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Philadelphia International Airport represent the #1 airport system in the U.S. with ~600 nonstop destinations.
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is adjacent to Port Newark and Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal and FTZ #49. It houses nearly 1 million square feet of cargo facility space. EWR serves 45+ air carriers with nearly 1,200 daily arrivals and departures to domestic and international destinations with express carriers including FedEx, UPS, and DHL.
New Jersey provides unrivaled access to consumers, suppliers, distributors and retailers across North America. You can reach 107 million people, or 33% of the U.S. population, within a day’s drive. New Jersey is located in the middle of the Boston – New York City – Washington D.C. corridor, one of the world’s most concentrated and affluent markets, with 56.5 million residents and $3.75 trillion in economic output.
New Jersey is home to 2,900 miles of interstates and highways. I-78 is a major road linking ports in the New York City and New Jersey region to points west and sees over 4 million trucks annually. I-95 provides access to markets from Florida to New England. Our State also boasts the nation’s highest railroad density with 3 Class I freight railroads.
New Jersey is a perfect testbed for transportation and logistics innovation. There has been $1 billion+ in VC investment in transportation technology in the New Jersey region in the past 3 years—a 96% increase from 3 years prior.
Our State’s research universities are shaping the future of transportation. Rowan University is the only academic institution in the Northeast with facilities to conduct state-of-the-art accelerated pavement testing. New Jersey is home to the world’s first city-scale smart mobility test lab, made possible through a public-private partnership with Rutgers University, the city of New Brunswick and DEVCO. National Aviation Research and Technology Park (NARTP), an auxiliary organization of Stockton University, is dedicated to facilitating R&D and commercialization of emerging aviation technologies. NARTP is a part of Atlantic County’s Aviation Innovation Hub, which also includes the Atlantic City International Airport and the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center.
At the UPS Innovation Center in Parsippany, developers, designers and IT professionals manage the technology that keeps its ground vehicles fleet and millions of packages moving each day. There’s no doubt the logistics leader recognizes the value of our highly-educated workforce – the New York/New Jersey region is ranked #2 for software and application developers.
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