New York Named Logistics Leader

November 1, 2005

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Although the state may not be renowned as the most people-friendly metropolitan area in the U.S., New York is the most logistics-friendly. This according to Expansion Management and Logistics Today magazines' annual rankings.

Expansion Management and Logistics Today magazines have teamed for the past five years to annually produce their Site Selector ranking of the most logistics-friendly metros in the U.S. The rankings are aimed at providing "a yardstick that logistics professionals can use to determine the best cities and regions that match up with their specific transportation and distribution needs," noted the announcement of the study's results.

The latest list of rankings, released in October, is based on the two companies' study that evaluates the overall logistics infrastructure of the nation's 362 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), based upon 10 major categories: transportation and distribution (T&D) industry; T&D work force; road infrastructure; road congestion; road conditions; interstate highway access; vehicle taxes and fees; railroad access; water port access; and air cargo access.

According to Dave Blanchard, Logistics Today editor in chief, U.S. companies as a whole spend more than $1 trillion per year on logistics.

As "Expansion Management" chief editor Bill King and senior research editor Michael Keating noted in the report:

"Whether a company is setting up a manufacturing facility, distribution center, retail outlet or whatever, it is absolutely critical that the location it chooses be supported by a robust transportation infrastructure. Regardless of the specific type of facility, it will need to be able to quickly and economically move raw materials, supplies and finished products in and out. Sure, it's important to look closely at other factors, such as the local work force, business climate, taxes and real estate prices — to mention just a few. But all of those factors can be mitigated in some form or fashion. Not having the transportation infrastructure you require, however, will almost always get a location removed from your list of possibilities."

This year's follow-ups to the Empire State are Houston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, St. Louis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, San Francisco, Kansa City and Jacksonville, Fla.

The Site Selector rankings are based on data for calendar year 2004. As such, noted the two publications, the rankings do not factor in the effects of recent national hurricanes.

For the full report, visit

Now if only the Jets could find their way to reaching No. 1 on the "best of" list.

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