CentrePort Canada’s strategic position in the heart of North America and access to well-established tri-modal transportation (air, rail and truck) makes it an emerging location for companies engaged in e-commerce, a rapidly growing industry around the globe.
Retail e-commerce sales worldwide are projected to grow to $2.48 trillion US by 2018, up from $1.31 trillion in 2014. (Source: Statista) Consumers are shopping online in greater numbers than ever before, and bricks-and-mortar retailers are expanding their e-commerce operations to keep up with demand. This trend shows no sign of slowing down and Americans led the way in dollars spent on online shopping in 2015.
With 20,000 acres of prime industrial land that is ideal for warehousing and distribution, as well as affordable labour, business and shipping costs, CentrePort has much to offer companies considering e-commerce expansion and growth in North America. Specific advantages for e-commerce operations include the fact that there is no inventory tax in Manitoba, and access to CentrePort’s Foreign Trade Zone program, which can help companies manage cash flow as it relates to inventory storage and the payment of sales taxes and duties.
Another unique advantage for e-commerce operations is CentrePort’s central time zone and location, which allows air cargo operations to offer later cut off for overnight delivery to major cities. Winnipeg’s James Armstrong International Airport is one of Canada’s top cargo airports, with several internationally-renowned carriers clustered on its campus including Purolator, FedEx, UPS, Canada Post, Air Canada Cargo and Cargo Jet.
CentrePort also provides access to three Class I rail carriers – Canadian National, Canadian Pacific and BNSF Railway – and an international trucking hub that has the capability of “5 minutes to 55 mph” for moving cargo to the expressway.
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