Calgary region is popularly known as a supply chain distribution or transportation hub by many people. Its strategic location has played a big role in attracting both regional and national warehouses as well as big distribution centers. Some of these warehouses and distribution centers include:
• INA sports
• Forzani Group
• Canadian Tire
• Princess Auto
• Home Depot
• Mark’s Work Warehouse
Ideally, Calgary is a hub which links Port Metro Vancouver (busiest port in Canada) and the Port of Prince Rupert offering a perfect supply route to most businesses. According to Jim Brown who is the general manager of JRSB Logistics Consulting Ltd., just as it happened in Toronto to make it the central distribution hub in Eastern Canada, the same has occurred in Calgary to make it the major distribution hub in Western Canada.
If you are considering relocating to Calgary region and maybe start a business, here are ten (10) reasons why Calgary region is an ideal location:
The region has a direct connection to northern Canada, USA, and Mexico
Calgary region provides an excellent connection both North and South of CANAMEX corridor. This corridor which is about 6,000 km or 3,700 miles long runs through Calgary region, and it’s one of the largest North America highways. The trade corridor has been effective in the efficient transportation of goods, services, people and information in both north and south of CANAMEX corridor. For this reason, the government has been involved in maintaining the highway regularly to provide an excellent flow of truck transportation. In fact, the Alberta government has spent more than $1.4 billion to upgrade and maintain the CANAMEX corridor in Alberta alone!
The TransCanada highway intersects with CANAMEX highway in Calgary region
TransCanada is the longest national highway in the world with a distance of about 7,700 km or (4,800 miles) East/West through the country from St. John’s Newfoundland to Tofino in British Columbia. This intersection provides an ideal transportation North, South, East or West of Calgary region. Transport enhances business as services, goods, and people can move with ease.
The region is a hub for two major railways i.e. CP and CN
In North America, products are transported by Calgary railways through Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and Canadian National Railway (CN). These two railways offer inland distribution around Calgary region making it easy for people to transport goods across the region. CP railway is known to offer coast to coast service in Canada assuring businessmen of reliable means of transport across the region. Through its expanded Dufferin intermodal facility, CP can offer services to North America’s international logistic companies and distribution facilities. The two railways offer an effective transportation of goods and commodities into and out of Calgary region.
Calgary International Airport is a leading cargo hub
Being the third busiest airport in Canada, Calgary International Airport (YYC) is a major cargo hub in the region. It has extensive cargo connections to Canada, USA and abroad contributing about $6 billion annually to the economy of the region. From YYC, you can be able to deliver cargo anywhere in the world within 36 to 48 hours and overnight to any destination you want in North America. This airport has proved to be pivotal in the transportation of goods across the world. In fact, YYC is one of the two Canadian airports which has dedicated freight service to Europe and Asia.
Calgary location lowers outbound costs
In western Canada, Calgary has the lowest outbound cost per kilogram due to its strategic location where there are rail, highway and air access. This region has two major intermodal yards as well as a large number of companies which have established distribution centers to lower the outbound cost. One such company which uses Calgary location to outbound cost is Walmart. Walmart has a distribution center which offers services to all Walmart stores from Ontario/Manitoba border to Vancouver Island and north to Yellowknife. After everything gets to Calgary the distribution center, it becomes cheaper for Walmart to distribute the products to consumers.
Uncongested transportation routes
Congestion is a common problem with many transportation corridors and hubs across North America. Ideally, warehouses and distribution centers can lose a lot of money annually due to traffic congestion especially when transporting perishable products. Calgary region has developed to be a congestion-free area due to the availability of industries, warehouses, major highways and away from congested cities and town centers. Lack of traffic congestion is one of the reasons why businesses thrive well in Calgary.
Calgary location is a prime location
Due to its strategic location, goods shipped using containers from Vancouver and Prince Rupert are unloaded in Calgary to be redistributed to other regions. The extensive transport system guarantees easy distribution of the goods to their final destination.
Calgary location is ideal for quality life
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s bi-assessment, Calgary is ranked as the 5th most liveable city globally. The city was ranked considering 30 factors e.g. safety, educational resources, healthcare, infrastructure, and environment in about 40 cities. The quality of life affects the availability of labor and consequently business. Most people want to live and work in places that has something to offer, and Calgary is one of the places.
The region has 24-hour access to over 50 million people
In Calgary, you can be able to access a market of more than 18 million people when you drive a truck for a day. Therefore, in over 24 hours, you can be able to access over 50 million people, and this is good for business due to the availability of the market for commodities. Additionally, the region is a four-hour drive from Coutts United States border crossing which is the third busiest border crossing in western states.
The ring road is found around Calgary
The Calgary region has an excellent ring road with about three-quarters of the ring roads already developed and the remaining fourth quarter on planning phases. The ring road is located at crossroads of two major highways i.e. CANAMEX corridor and the TransCanada highway. With the ring roads, accessing the four quadrants of the region is easy with lowering traffic congestion being an added advantage to for truck transportation.
Calgary is connected to the busiest port in Canada
Port Metro Vancouver is the busiest port in Canada, and its connection to Calgary boosts business as goods are easily transported to intended destinations. According to a report released on 2013 based on cargo volumes, Port Metro Vancouver trades $184 billion in goods with more than 160 trading economies each year.
Calgary’s location is responsible for its great supply chains and with time Calgary region Inland Port has risen to be one of the biggest competitors with Port Metro Vancouver. This shows that business in Calgary is doing quite well with time.