THE KANSAS CITY REGION:  Supply Chain Centered 

The Kansas City region has a rich history as a center for commerce. Its heartland, river-based location made it a natural crossroads for transcontinental rail, interstate, and waterway. Through its history, Greater Kansas City has established itself as the leading center for trade and distribution within the central United States. Kansas City is experiencing one of the largest industrial booms in its history and is a center of choice for warehousing, manufacturing and distribution. Business has prospered due in large part to the region’s abundant, multi-modal transportation network.

Kansas City has several key components that make it an excellent hub for all transportation and logistics operations.


Kansas City is the most centrally located major U.S. market. It is the focal point of movement and distribution of goods.

  • Located at the intersection of four of the nation’s major interstate highways (I-35, I-70, I-29, I-49).
  • KC is the largest rail center in the U.S. by tonnage.
  • Located at the heart of a rail corridor spanning coast to coast across the U.S. and extending from Canada to Mexico (NAFTA Railway).
  • The Kansas City International Airport moves more air cargo each year than any air center in a six-state region.
  • Located on the largest navigable inland waterway (Missouri/Mississippi River system).
  • Kansas City has more Foreign Trade Zone space than any other U.S. city.


Kansas City mirrors the U.S. regarding employment in distribution and warehousing, therefore proving to be a stable industry over a long period of time.

  • 6.7% of the workforce is employed in distribution and warehouse jobs compared to 6.8% nationally.

Community Benefits

The growth of eCommerce has driven the demand for distribution centers (DCs) in recent years. This can provide many benefits to communities with distribution centers, including job growth, revenue generation through increased tax income, road and infrastructure developments, utilizing vacant buildings or land, and other positive impacts. Read more.

Vertical Ready

4 Intermodal Logistics Parks

SmartPort has spearheaded a workforce development initiative, bringing those involved in the transportation and logistics industry in KC together with area educational institutions to identify the training needs for the industry

Read more about the Kansas City intermodal logistics parks

Real Estate Opportunities

Foreign Trade Zones

Recruitment Success

Trade Corridor Network