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Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Distribution

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Economic Development

Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Distribution

Metro Atlanta – One of the Most Important Global Logistics Centers in the United States 

Metro Atlanta has grown into a leading global logistics center for supply chain management due to its strong cluster of corporate headquarters that demand efficient supply chain services, vital southeast geographic location and robust infrastructure. From highways to rails to the frequency of flights, combined with an outstanding capital ecosystem, Atlanta is uniquely positioned for supply chain technology innovation and talent acquisition.

Since its founding in 1837 as a strategic railroad junction, Atlanta has been a leading U.S. transportation hub. Our legacy has enabled a globally leading supply chain technology ecosystem that develops software solutions for the movement and production of physical things in every corner of the globe. Industry-leading supply chain software provider Manhattan Associates is headquartered here, and the top 5 of the world's largest supply chain management software suppliers have locations in metro Atlanta. Finally, 17 of our region's 26 FORTUNE1000 headquarters manage or support global supply chains, including household brands like UPS, The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, and Delta Air Lines.​ (Source: MAC; Fortune Magazine, 2017)

But we're not just about technology and software, our transportation DNA carries into the present day. Georgia is a booming global logistics center, home to more than 12,300 logistics companies that employ over 150,000 people. We are connected to the world by the fastest-growing port and second busiest container exporter in the United States (Savannah), three major interstates which enable you to reach 80% of the U.S. market in two hours by plane and two days by truck, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's most traveled airport with over 103 million passengers served in 2017. 

Statewide Business


#1 state for doing business, Source: Area Development, 2015

Transportation and Logistics


#4 North American metro area for competitiveness in the transportation and logistics industry. Source: Conway Inc. and Site Selection Magazine, 2015.



#1 state for leading workforce development programs. Source: Area Development, 2017

Key Industry Factors

Supply Chain Management Software

With companies like Manhattan Associates Inc. and CHAINalytics headquartered here, metro Atlanta has a position as a global leader in supply chain management software.

Advanced Manufacturing

Three of Gartner's top 25 global supply chains are run out of Atlanta.

Distribution Warehousing

With various means of distribution, metro Atlanta is home to a variety of business, government, and school supply chain facilities and networks.

Food Processing

The food processing industry is thriving, bolstered by the presence of 780 food processing companies in Georgia.

Recent Announcements: New Locations and Expansions



Adidas opened its first U.S. production plant in Cherokee County creating about 160 new jobs.



In 2017, leading online global fashion and beauty retailer, ASOS, announced a new Atlanta-based e-commerce fulfillment center that will create 1,600 jobs in Fulton county. 



Flexport, a freight forwarder and customs broker, opened an Atlanta office in 2017 that is expected to create 200 jobs

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