Industry Overview – Distribution & Logistics

The Distribution and Logistics cluster is made up of interrelated industries such as refrigerated warehousing, self-storage facilities, freight transporting companies, and overnight delivery businesses. In 2013-2014, over 50,000 workers were employed in this cluster, making up 4 percent of the economic market’s workforce population. Industries showing the highest projected job openings include: Warehousing and Storage; General Freight Trucking; Specialized Freight Trucking; Couriers and Express Delivery Services; Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic); and Repair and Maintenance. In demand entry-level and middle skills jobs include truck drivers, mechanics, supply chain workers for “fulfillment” or on-line ordering businesses, fork lift operators, warehouse workers, bi-lingual supervisors and order takers/route planners.

Top Employers


Company Name Number of Employees County
Amazon 3,000 Stanislaus
Ross Dress for Less 1,800 Kern
Walmart 1,692 Tulare
Defense 1,504 San Joaquin
Safeway 1,400 San Joaquin
Amazon 1000 Fresno
Amazon 1000 San Joaquin
Walmart 900 Merced
Target 653 Kern
Sears 600 Kern

With plenty of reasonably-prices land and room to grow, distribution tops the list of new business development in Central California.