Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Distribution & Logistics Services

Arkansas Delivers 

With its central location and comprehensive transportation infrastructure, it’s not surprising that Arkansas has a large and growing distribution and logistics services sector. In fact, more than 85,000 Arkansans are employed at more than 80 distribution centers and 22 major trucking companies in the state. 

Arkansas is home to two transportation/trucking companies on Fortune magazine's list of the largest 1,000 companies in the United States, based on annual revenue - J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. and ABF Freight Systems Inc.

The top 25 largest employers in Arkansas represent a wide variety of industries, 20 percent of those employers are in the transportation services sector, including J.B. Hunt, USA Truck, FedEx Corporation, Union Pacific Railroad, PAM Transportation Services and Dillard's, Inc., which operates its only e-fulfillment center out of Maumelle, Arkansas. 

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Companies finding success in Arkansas

Arkansas offers access to a market of 100 million people within a 550-mile radius of the state. That represents 40% of the total U.S. population. 

Katherine Holmstrom

Senior Project Manager
501-682-7376
(501) 682-7394
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Steven Lamm

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Incentives
  • Income Tax Credits
  • Infrastructure Grants
  • Payroll Rebates
  • Sales Tax Credits & Refunds
Education/Workforce

Arkansas offers access to a well-qualified and affordable workforce. Because of the existing cluster of transportation, distribution and logistics businesses already located in the state, the workforce is prepared for jobs created by new companies in this sector.

The University of Arkansas is a leader in logistics education and research through the Walton College of Business. The university offers a bachelor’s degree in Transportation and Logistics, a Supply Chain Retail MBA, and houses the Supply Chain Management Research Center that has been widely recognized as among the best in the nation. Arkansas also offers a variety of training programs through the community college system to prepare workers for the distribution and logistics services industry.

Available Buildings and Sites
  • 200+ LEED Certified facilities
  • 100+ available buildings of Class A office space ranging from 10,000 to 370,000 square feet
  • 275+ available industrial buildings ranging from 10,000 to 2.1 million square feet
  • Competitive purchase prices and lease rates 
  • Sites ranging from 10 to 10,200 acres available across the state 
  • 175+ sites with interstate access
  • 40 sites that are rail served
Transportation & Infrastructure

Arkansas is centrally located between Mexico City and Montreal, offering easy access to 40% of the U.S. population. The state's transportation infrastructure provides a variety of efficient options to get products to market. Major market centers in the region include Memphis, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, New Orleans and St. Louis.

Highways

  • I-40, reaching from North Carolina to California, runs through Arkansas
  • I-55 links eastern Arkansas to St. Louis & Chicago to the north and New Orleans to the south
  • I-30 connects Arkansas with markets to the southwest, including Texas and Mexico

Rail

  • 3 Class I Systems: Union Pacific, BNSF Railway and Kansas City Southern Railway
  • Union Pacific operates major yards in Little Rock and Pine Bluff
  • 22 smaller railroads operate over more than 2,700 miles of track
  • 40 available sites which are rail served

Air

  • Major commercial airports are located in Central and Northwest Arkansas: The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport has 120+ flight arrivals and departures each day, with non-stop jet service to 16 national/international gateway cities. Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport provides non-stop service to 14 national/international gateway cities on nearly 50 flights each day.
  • Memphis International Airport is located less than 15 miles from the Arkansas state line
  • 6 regional airports located throughout the state

Water

  • 3 ports located along the Arkansas River: Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Fort Smith 
  • 4 Mississippi River terminals: Osceola, West Memphis, Helena and McGehee