Most schemes for pan-European distribution are still at the drawing board stage, but as they progress, companies are going to have to decide upon the location for their European distribution centres. Where will they go? Most of the key manufacturing areas of Europe are concentrated on a strip that runs from the south of England to northern Italy through Germany, France and Benelux.
If one scrutinises that area for the best transport links - access to airports, seaports and good roads - then northern France, north west Germany and Benelux are the most-favoured places. France has never shown any particularly great desire to attract warehousing and Germany, though not unwelcoming, has labour laws which many outsiders would find frightening.
That leaves Belgium and Holland, which has a particularly free trade mentality and customs authorities who try to be as accommodating as they possibly can be.