Distribution & Ecommerce

With a Northwest Florida location, your company can reach much of the southeastern U.S. by truck within a one-day truck haul, the rest of the U.S. by rail, and internationally by ocean carrier. The region offers the following benefits for companies like yours to help you move goods efficiently:

  • Nearly 582 distribution/warehousing companies in the region, and a distribution workforce of 15,000 within a one-hour drive time
  • 3 deep-water ports, two of which are Foreign Trade Zones, and access to 4 additional ports/FTZs
  • Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad has access to Class I Rail CSX & Norfolk Southern, and short lines
  • I-10 running from Jacksonville to Los Angeles, also connecting to I-65, I-75 and I-95
  • Available properties on wide swaths of land with access to multimodal transportation networks


Distribution and logistics related companies in our laborshed include:

  • 212 General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload

  • 164 Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking (Local)

  • 152 General Freight Trucking (Local)

  • 79 Process, Physical Distribution, and Logistics Consulting Services

The laborshed has seen significant growth in distribution and logistics related jobs over the last five years:

  • 108% growth in Port and Harbor Operations
  • 31% growth in Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Local
  • 11% growth in General Freight Trucking (Local)


Port Panama City, with its six deep-water berths, Foreign Trade Zone status, and 200-acre Intermodal Distribution Center, is a significant regional asset, as is the Port of Pensacola. These assets, coupled with the new 4,000-acre Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport near Panama City in Bay County, make Northwest Florida an ideal hub for international trade.  Learn more about Northwest Florida’s Transportation Infrastructure.


Business Cost Advantages

Northwest Florida will benefit from $1.5 billion in economic development enhancements, such as workforce training and infrastructure, over the next 15 years. Additionally, Florida ranks among the best states for business because of its pro-business tax policies and competitive cost of doing business.

Your company can benefit from inducements to help offset initial costs when locating a new or expanding your existing business in Northwest Florida. Moreover, your business dollars go further given the state's limited corporate taxes and your employees benefit from 0% state personal income tax.

Learn more about incentives available with a Northwest Florida location.



Commercial Driver License training programs at Pensacola State College, Northwest Florida State College, and Florida Panhandle Technical College graduate a ready workforce of drivers.


Featured Companies

Family Dollar Distribution Center

Opened in 2005 at approximately 907,000 square feet, Family Dollar’s Marianna Distribution Center services stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. This is the largest building between Pensacola and Jacksonville.

Lewis Bear Company

The Lewis Bear Company handles more than 300 different brands, everything from iconic global labels to beloved local craft beers and everything in between, not to mention high-end sodas and waters. The company operates two warehouse/distribution centers in Pensacola and Ebro, and the experienced team of more than 210 professionals is focused on building strong relationships with customers, meeting their needs and working to grow their brands.

Shelton Trucking

Shelton Trucking, a PS Logistics company since 2018, is a flatbed trucking company located in Altha, FL. The company was founded in 1969, starting with only a few trucks in the fleet. Today, the fleet consists of over 300 lease-purchase and owner-operator trucks and 4 terminal locations.



Florida’s Great Northwest is here to provide you the practical, on-the-ground resources and support you need for your business location/expansion project. From incentives to site selection to workforce development, we’ve got the expertise and connections to help your business be even more competitive with a Northwest Florida location.

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