Sky-high shipping costs in the home gym industry since 2020 prompted York Barbell to look for solutions for its loyal customers and dealers. They found a big one via their new distribution center located in Dallas, TX. Opened in the summer of 2022, the warehouse has since delivered an average savings of over 20% on shipping charges on orders to the West Coast and Midwest. The orders have also reduced transit times for most products.
Industry Trends Prompt Texas Warehouse Decision
At one point last spring, domestic freight rates were increasing at a whopping 28% over 2021 numbers. In an industry that offers heavy goods and, unfortunately, heavy shipping costs to match, York Barbell knew they had to make a change. “Our customers in Texas, California, and elsewhere were just overwhelmed by the shipping estimates they were facing,” relayed Eric Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing at the 91-year-old home gym equipment leader. “Through a new Texas distribution center, we realized we could do something to help address the chaos of the market and deliver savings of $400 or more on larger orders.”
Some States And Items See Outsized Benefits
The fully stocked Dallas warehouse offers the same product availability as those shipped from the company’s headquarters in York, PA. Now, however, differences in estimated shipping costs and transit times have given York Barbell the flexibility to ship from the distribution center that offers the lowest freight rates and quickest delivery to customers. Smith said the biggest gains can be found in orders going to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
As one would expect, the biggest changes can be seen on orders of the bulkier, heavier items offered by York Barbell. If you’ve long been considering something like the company’s multi-function rack or cable crossover unit for your home gym, now is the time to cash in on the move by York. Customers can also realize big freight savings on more basic items such as the York Aspire Home Gym and the 5-50 lb Cast Iron Hex Dumbell Sets.
Not sure what’s right for you? Check out our article on Essential Home Gym Equipment for Beginners. In it, we highlight a few workout equipment essentials for beginners that can be utilized in the comfort and safety of your own home gym. And be sure to check out our blog, regularly, as York Barbell continues to search for home gym solutions that meet all of the ever-shifting needs of the industry and its customers.