New York Times Story Highlights Lehigh Valley’s Booming Logistics, E-Commerce Sector
By Colin McEvoy on October 23, 2017
The Lehigh Valley’s booming logistics and e-commerce sector was the focus of a front-page article in The New York Times, which touted the region’s central location, strong workforce, and well-developed transportation infrastructure.
The Oct. 23 story included quotes and information from Don Cunningham, President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC), which assisted reporter Natalie Kitroeff during her reporting earlier this month.
Headlined “Where Internet Orders Mean Real Jobs, and New Life for Communities,” the story notes that, due to its proximity to highways and easy access to much of the Eastern Seaboard, the region “provides a gateway to the nation’s biggest metropolitan area.”
“It’s location, being able to serve customers on the Eastern Seaboard and the Mid-Atlantic,” Ashley Robinson, an Amazon spokeswoman, is quoted in the story. “It’s the infrastructure available to move those trucks out of the Lehigh Valley. It’s the workforce.”
The story highlights logistics operations in the Lehigh Valley by such companies as Zulily, Amazon, Walmart and FedEx Ground, and notes the stretch of eastern and central Pennsylvania that includes the Lehigh Valley has grown faster than any other U.S. market over the last five years.
“The conventional wisdom is that retail jobs are better and that losing them is bad for an economy,” Cunningham says in the story. “The reality is that fulfillment jobs are paying a higher wage and offering more long-term opportunity.”
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