I ordered some parts from RockAuto...Two of the parts were sourced in Maspeth, New York, the other in Phoenix, Arizona. Both shipments went through Memphis...
Why Memphis, seems very indirect?
Why Memphis? The answer is interesting.
There are couple of possible answers.
- They are actually shipping from a warehouse in Memphis. Most autopart stores use dropship services from big parts wholesalers. Main one being Keystone. Keystone ships internationally from Memphis. I haven't seen one auto parts chain who doesn't buy from Keystone or LKQ.
- Shipper often give discounts if shipped out of certain cities.