Category Archives: ecommerce

The global network of subsea digital communication cables and the coastal hub cities that stand to benefit from them

Despite the fanfare surrounding satellite networks, subsea cables still transmit 99 percent of all data between continents. Much like the interstate highway system, airline networks, and railways, undersea global communication cables form a hub and spoke system, albeit being somewhat … Continue reading

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Geography of underground co-location data centers

The list below identifies underground data centers located around the globe that are designed to serve multiple tenants (co-location) versus solely one business or organization. Given the wide ranging of threats to data resources from climate change, cyber attacks, malware, … Continue reading

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Super interchanges for truck stops and travel centers

The following aerial images depict expressway exits across the United States that have three (3) or more truck stops/travel centers situated at them. While each location is unique, there are some consistent ancillary trucking-related uses that develop at these super … Continue reading

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Primary interstates that are now bypasses of major urban areas

This list identifies those primary interstate highways (one or two digit) that have over time become outer bypasses for major urban areas. This list does not include bypasses of small and mid-sized urban areas, nor inner bypasses that now incorporate … Continue reading

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How do you solve a logistics problem like Chicago?

If you have traveled through metropolitan Chicago by car, truck, train, or plan, you know how difficult it is to negotiate. Being situated near the base of Lake Michigan makes it a natural choke point for travel and distribution. As … Continue reading

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The Home Depot’s e-commerce direct fulfillment centers

Unlike distribution centers which mostly supply brick and mortar stores, fulfillment centers are meant to send out online orders s quickly as possible to customers. The list below identifies the e-commerce direct fulfillment centers opened by The Home Depot to … Continue reading

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Geography of Chewy.com’s fulfillment centers

The table included in this post lists the current and future fulfillment centers developed by Chewy.com, an e-commerce pet products company. As is clearly evident, there has been a rapid expansion of fulfillment centers since 2014. Pennsylvania has seen the … Continue reading

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Crafting Michaels nationwide distribution network

The following table lists the distribution centers, their location, size, and year opened for Michaels stores. The company began operations in 1973 in Dallas, Texas. As can be seen from the table, there are now eight (8) distribution facilities nationwide, … Continue reading

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The lowdown on Lowe’s distribution network

Below are three (3) tables identifying the regional distribution centers (RDC), fulfillment centers, and bulk distribution centers for Lowe’s. Smaller, local distribution facilities and cross-dock facilities are not included. As is evident from the tables, Pennsylvania leads the way with … Continue reading

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