Posted on: Monday - Jun 29, 2015

For decades Nike has been encouraging athletes to cast aside self-doubt, take action and “Just Do It.”  And now Memphis, Tennessee is playing an even bigger role in the company’s mission to bring inspiration and innovation to athletes worldwide with the newly opened North America Logistics Campus-Memphis (NALC-Memphis).

This high-tech facility is the size of 49 football fields or 2.8 million square feet and is Nike’s largest distribution center in the world.  For the first time in company history all three of Nike’s product lines – footwear, apparel and equipment – are housed under one roof in Memphis.  Thirty-three miles of conveyor belt operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to distribute Nike and Jordan Brand products to individual consumers, wholesale customers and Nike’s own retail channels.

“Nike's focus on the consumer is relentless,” commented Eric Sprunk, Chief Operating Officer at Nike. “We built NALC-Memphis to enhance our ability to provide our consumers what they want: premium Nike products delivered quickly and efficiently. When we deliver like this for our consumers, we grow and expand our business. 

“Through successful partnerships with state and local government, we’ve built a premier logistics center that meets the increasing demands of our consumers and our wholesale customers, while also ensuring that the facility meets our high standards for sustainability. By establishing NALC-Memphis, we’re setting a new standard for Nike,” Sprunk added. 

Representing an investment of $301 million and the creation of more than 300 new jobs, the NALC-Memphis allows Nike to store 46 million units of product to be processed around the world and reach 45 states by truck in two days.

“This facility was built to offer greater cost efficiencies, reduce shipping times and increase service capabilities for our consumers and retail partners," said Trish Young, VP of North America Supply Chain Operations. “We also followed LEED certification guidelines, and the operations have elevated the Nike Supply Chain in ways that impact our entire portfolio and strengthen our brand.”

Nike and Memphis have had a successful partnership since 1982, when the company first opened a distribution center in the Bluff City. At the time, Nike revenues stood at just under $700 million and today revenues have surpassed $30 billion. 

Known as “America’s Distribution Center,” Memphis is home to the FedEx World Hub with the largest sorting facility in the world, the second busiest cargo airport in the world, the third largest rail center in the U.S. and the second busiest port on the Mississippi River.

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References to Nike’s heritage and history at the facility
Governor Bill Haslam at the grand opening on June 26, 2015
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Crowd at the NALC-Memphis grand opening.
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