Carrollton Mayor Steve Babick was on hand for the ribbon cutting Tuesday. So was Hayden Austin, president and CEO of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce for the cities of Addison, Farmers Branch, and Carrollton. They’d cleared their calendars for the second opening of a pioneering co-warehousing concept in suburbs north of Dallas.
Georgia-based Saltbox—acclaimed by Fast Company in its list of 2022 Most Innovative Companies—was opening a 128,000-square-foot co-warehousing location at 1501 Randolph Street in Carrollton. It marks the eighth co-warehousing location for the company in the U.S., including one that opened last year in nearby Farmers Branch.
Powering the logistics of small businesses ‘from startup to scale’
“Marking our second location in the Dallas–Fort Worth region, Carrollton’s energetic scene of e-commerce entrepreneurs and small businesses is the perfect environment to fuel our continued expansion across Texas,” Saltbox Co-Founder and CEO Tyler Scriven said in a recent statement. “Our end-to-end solutions power the logistics journey of small businesses from startup to scale, and our products and services are approachable, comprehensive, community-focused, and human-centric in their design, reflecting our customers’ core values and ethos.”
Much like a coworking space, Saltbox offers small- and medium-sized companies the opportunity to become members of a a location that can help build their business with logistics, offices, and even marketing. The new Carrollton location offers 169 flexible warehouse suites and 10 office suites, along with flexible office space, access to loading docks, and a “top-of-the-line photo studio for entrepreneurs.”
Saltbox employs 18 in the Dallas area so far
Saltbox employs 14 people at its Farmers Branch location, joined by four so far at the new Carrollton outpost. “Our staff grows as our members do,” the company said.
Cameron Langer, who manages the Farmers Branch location, heads up the Saltbox team in DFW.
70% of Saltbox member businesses are e-commerce companies
Saltbox says it has more than 400 member businesses across its eight U.S. locations—and more than 70% of them are e-commerce companies that sell goods directly to consumers.
The small- and medium-sized businesses operate in industries including fashion and apparel, health and beauty, home goods, and resale, along with tech in the hardware and services sectors, Saltbox said. Half of Saltbox member businesses are led by women or people of color.
In 2021—in addition to opening its 66,000-square-foot Farmers Branch location—Saltbox opened a 45,000-square-foot facility in the Los Angeles area, a Denver location with over 102,000 square feet, and a 59,000-square-foot facility in Seattle. Its first location was a 49,000-square foot facility in Atlanta, and more are planned for that metro area. Earlier this year, Saltbox opened its sixth and seventh co-warehousing locations in Alexandria, Virginia., and Duarte, California, along with its first-ever fulfillment hub in Columbus, Ohio.
Saltbox plans to double its locations by end of year
Saltbox says its purpose-built network of flexible warehouses in major metro areas, fulfillment centers, and on-site services across the U.S. are addressing “the most critical challenges e-commerce entrepreneurs face when starting, growing, and scaling their businesses.”
Next up for the company: New locations are slated to open in Arden Hills, Minnesota; South Tempe, Arizona; and Doral, Florida. Saltbox says it plans to double its footprint of co-warehousing locations by the end of the year.
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