Why the Upper Midwest is an Ideal Location for Warehousing

Upper Midwest Warehousing

The Upper Midwest region of the United States, consisting of Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Missouri and Iowa is a vital hub for warehousing and distribution. With its strategic location, robust transportation infrastructure, and growing industrial base, this region offers numerous advantages for businesses looking to optimize their supply chain operations. In this post, we’ll look into some of the key aspects of warehousing in the Upper Midwest, offering insights and strategies for maximizing efficiency.

  1. Strategic Location Benefits

The Upper Midwest’s central location in the United States makes it an ideal region for warehousing and distribution. It serves as a pivotal point for goods moving between the East and West coasts, as well as between the northern and southern parts of the country. This central positioning reduces transportation times and costs, enhancing overall supply chain efficiency.

Key highways like I-80, I-90, I-94, and I-35 provide direct routes to major cities and ports, facilitating seamless movement of goods. Additionally, the proximity to the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River offers alternative transportation options, further boosting logistical advantages.

  1. Advanced Infrastructure and Facilities

Standard Distribution Co.’s warehousing facilities in Iowa are equipped with state-of-the-art technology to handle diverse storage and distribution needs. These facilities often include features such as:

  • ESFR Sprinkler Systems
  • Humidity Controlled Storage: Ensuring the safe storage of temperature-sensitive goods.
  • Cross-Docking Capabilities: Reducing handling times and speeding up the delivery process.
  • Advanced Security Systems: Protecting inventory with surveillance, access control, and intrusion detection.
  • Drive-In and Custom Racking

With over 900,000 SF of warehousing space, Standard Distribution Co. is a prominent player in the region, offering comprehensive warehousing solutions that cater to a wide range of industries, ensuring that clients’ needs are met with precision and reliability.

  1. Skilled Workforce

The Upper Midwest boasts a highly skilled workforce adept in modern warehousing practices. The region’s strong educational institutions and vocational training programs ensure a steady supply of qualified personnel proficient in logistics, inventory management, and warehouse operations. This skilled labor pool contributes significantly to operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.

  1. Sustainability Initiatives

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in warehousing operations. Our facilities in the Upper Midwest are leading the way in adopting green practices, such as:

  • Energy-Efficient Lighting and HVAC Systems: Reducing energy consumption and costs.
  • Solar Power Integration: Harnessing renewable energy for warehouse operations.
  • Recycling Programs: Minimizing waste and promoting environmental responsibility.

These initiatives not only contribute to a greener environment but also enhance the long-term sustainability and cost-effectiveness of warehousing operations.

  1. Robust Technological Integration

Technology plays a crucial role in modern warehousing, and Standard Distribution Co. is at the  forefront of integrating advanced technologies to streamline operations. Key technological advancements include:

  • Warehouse Management Systems (WMS): Enhancing inventory accuracy and operational efficiency.
  • Internet of Things (IoT): Providing real-time tracking and monitoring of goods.

By leveraging these technologies, we can achieve higher productivity, reduced errors, and improved customer satisfaction.

  1. Customized Solutions for Diverse Industries

The Upper Midwest caters to a wide array of industries, offering customized warehousing solutions to meet specific needs. From food grade or manufacturing to retail and healthcare, Standard Distribution Co. tailors our services to ensure optimal storage, handling, and distribution of goods.


Warehousing in the Upper Midwest offers unparalleled advantages for businesses seeking to optimize their supply chain operations. With its strategic location, advanced infrastructure, skilled workforce, sustainability initiatives, robust technological integration, and customized solutions, this region is well-positioned to meet the evolving needs of the warehousing and distribution industry.

For more information on how Standard Distribution can help you maximize your warehousing efficiency in the Upper Midwest, visit Standard Distribution.

Unlock the potential of your supply chain with the best-in-class warehousing solutions offered in this dynamic region.