Logistics management is the part of the supply chain process that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information from the point of origin to the point of consumption to meet customer requirements. Logistics feature transportation/delivery, storage, packaging, cargo handling, distribution processing, and information processing, and many systems have been put in place to deliver products from the production location or factory to the consumer quickly and on time. Distribution is the activity of both selling and delivering products and services from the manufacturer to the customer. Harford County has a robust distribution and logistics sector due to its strategic location on the I-95 and Route-40 corridor within a day's drive of more than 1/3 of the U.S. population.
E-commerce is the buying and selling of goods or services using the internet. With a strong industrial base, Harford County is poised to ride the e-commerce boom in the new decade. E-commerce giant Amazon has established its presence in Harford County with 4 locations and Wayfair will soon occupy a warehouse in Perryman. In recent years, Harford County welcomed several leading distribution and e-commerce businesses, including Rite Aid’s Mid-Atlantic Customer Distribution Center, Sephora USA and Sephora Americas, and Kohl’s E-Fulfillment Center. Harford County continues to support development as it grows to meet e-commerce needs.
Manufacturing is the processing of raw materials or parts into finished goods through the use of tools, human labor, machinery, and chemical processing. Large-scale manufacturing allows for the mass production of goods using assembly line processes and advanced technologies. Harford County is home to many manufacturing companies. Havre de Grace serves as the North American headquarters of Dunlop Boots, and companies such as Frito-Lay, Independent Can Company, Plastipak, and Clorox continue to expand operations. The spectrum of manufacturing in Harford County ranges from tool and die to next-gen advanced manufacturing, offering a variety of job opportunities.
Harford County's industrial sector is thriving, with room for more companies to grow. Approximately 27.7 million square feet of available industrial space are optimal for companies looking for a strategic base in a community with incentives, opportunities, and a supportive business environment.