In logistics, all roads lead to Memphis
Barry Hochfelder | September 25, 2019
Sure, Memphis has blues, barbecue and Elvis' Graceland, but those are merely perks for logistics and distribution companies. For them, the Tennessee city’s geography and infrastructure are the big draws. "Memphis is one of the great logistics hubs in the world," Udo Lange, COO of FedEx Logistics, told Supply Chain Dive via email. "With the No. 1 air cargo airport on this side of the globe, five class-I railroads, the Mississippi river and major trucking corridors, Memphis provides the access FedEx needs to operate our global business." Sitting in the southwest corner of the state on the east bank of the Mississippi River, Memphis provides access to what the Greater Memphis Chamber calls the 4 Rs: runway, rail, road and river. The city has access to inland waterways and a web of interstate highway connections, but when FedEx built its SuperHub there in 1972, the city was fast-tracked to the leadership of U.S. logistics centers.