JAXPORT's strategic location, worldwide connections and other logistical efficiencies have attracted another big distribution center to Jacksonville. Rapidly growing online-only furniture brand, Article, will double the size of its U.S. distribution space when it opens a 319,000-square-foot facility near JAXPORT's North Jacksonville terminals early next year.
The Vancouver-based original modern furniture brand ships approximately 10,000 orders per month and anticipates 30 to 35 percent of all orders will eventually be shipped through the new Jacksonville facility. Article currently operates warehouses in Seattle, Los Angeles and New Jersey but will significantly expand its available space with the Jacksonville location.
"Our goal is to create remarkably better furniture experiences, and a key part of that is creating and maintaining efficient delivery processes," said Aamir Baig, Article Co-founder, Director, and CEO. "We saw an opportunity to improve service to the southeastern region of the U.S. by opening a fourth warehouse. Jacksonville is the ideal location for our next facility because it places us within a daylong drive of more than 60 million consumers, dramatically reducing transit and delivery times."
Article will import its products through JAXPORT taking advantage of the port's efficiencies, including direct trade with Asian ports through both the Panama and Suez canals, worldwide cargo service from more than 40 ocean carriers and an on-dock rail facility.
Northeast Florida also offers more than 36 daily train departures via two Class I railroads - CSX and Norfolk Southern - and one regional railroad, Florida East Coast Railway, as well as quick access to three major U.S. interstates, I-95, I-10 and I-75.
"Article's commitment is just one more indication of Northeast Florida's increasing competitiveness in the marketplace," said Eric Green, JAXPORT CEO. "As we continue to invest in the port of the future, more and more innovative companies like Article are taking notice of our region's transportation advantages and the opportunities to grow their businesses here."
The Asian sector now accounts for nearly 40 percent of JAXPORT's total cargo container business and the federal project to deepen the Jacksonville shipping channel to accommodate even more cargo aboard the largest ships is set to begin construction in early 2018.
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