Network Modeling

Studies of national distribution strategies show that the St Louis region is a strong choice for distribution from a single point and a very strong choice in networks of three, four, or more distribution centers.

Commodity Flows

The St. Louis area is crisscrossed by major commodity flows of imported and domestic goods for 24 industry clusters. Current and projected flows for U.S. trucking and rail flows all indicate a high degree of convergence in this region.

The industry sectors that would particularly benefit from a St. Louis distribution center include:

  • Food and beverage
  • Grocery chains and wholesalers
  • Food service
  • Consumer electronics
  • Computer and peripherals
  • Office supplies and machines retailers
  • Toy retailers
  • Apparel retailers
  • Specialty retailers
  • Plastics
  • Automotive parts
  • Building supplies and materials
  • Footwear retailers
  • Catalog companies
  • Express shipping
  • Furniture and bedding
  • Publishers and book distributors
  • Pharmaceutical distributors
  • Refractories
  • Container and box companies
  • Household appliances
  • Public cold storage
  • Consumer goods
  • Warehousing and distribution