Murphy Warehouse Company

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Murphy Warehouse Company
Industry Supply Chain Management
Founded 1904
Headquarters Minneapolis, Minnesota
Key people
Richard T. Murphy, Jr., President and CEO

Murphy Warehouse Company is a family-owned, full-service supply chain logistics company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1915, Murphy is one of the Upper Midwest's largest asset-based logistics companies and serves more than 250 companies ranging from Fortune 500 to startup companies. The company provides a wide range of services, including warehousing, distribution, transportation, cross-docking, fulfillment and administrative, as well as international logistics through its Midwest International Logistics Center. Murphy is OSHA MNSHARP Certified[1] and ISO 9001:2000 Certified.


In 1904, founder Edward L. Murphy, Sr. purchased two horses and a wagon from his brother, Jack, signifying the beginning of the Murphy Warehouse Company.[2] Today, Murphy operates 11 warehouse facilities, many on or adjacent to rail yards.[3]

Richard T. Murphy, Jr.[edit]

Richard T. Murphy, Jr., President and CEO of Murphy Warehouse Company, is the fourth generation of the Murphy family to lead the company. He is the immediate past Board Chair for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.[4] Murphy also has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He currently is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota.[5] Murphy credits his training in landscape architecture with helping him solve problems in the business world.[6] He often is quoted as an industry leader, including in Traffic World,[7] Market News International, Inbound Logistics Magazine,[8] Distribution Center Management,[9] WERC and CSCMP publications.

Logistics services[edit]

Murphy provides warehousing, distribution, information management, contract logistics, consolidation, transportation, rail transloading, pool distribution, pick and pack, fulfillment, freight brokerage and international support services. Murphy also provides other services, such as labeling, stretch wrapping, product assembly, packaging, re-pack and quality control testing-sampling.[10]

The company also offers international logistics through its Midwest International Logistics Center, which includes a designated U.S. Customs Exam Station (CES), a Container Freight Station (CFS) and a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), allowing for modifications to import products before they reach U.S. soil, as well as export services.

Stormwater management system[edit]

In 2008, Murphy Warehouse installed a stormwater management system at its headquarters. The system cost $580,000 to install, captures 95 percent of stormwater on a 22-acre (89,000 m2) site that was more than 95 percent impervious, recharges groundwater, filters stormwater for quality, and eliminates a $68,000 annual stormwater assessment from the city.[11] It is the first stormwater system of its kind to be voluntarily constructed on an existing, heavy use commercial site in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[12]

Murphy also installed native prairies around the stormwater system, increasing its efficiency, eliminating polluting fertilization and water waste from automatic sprinklers, and saving additional money through reduced maintenance costs of a traditional lawn. For example, at Murphy’s Fridley Campus, a similar installation requires $2,240 per year for 6 acres (24,000 m2) of prairie upkeep instead of $21,650 per year for only four acres of lawn care.[13]

In January 2009, the American Council of Engineering Companies recognized Murphy and Wenck Engineers, which assisted in design and installation, with the Minnesota Engineering Excellence Honor Award for the stormwater system.[14]

Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak proclaimed it, “the single best green value that I can see in Minneapolis,”[15] on Earth Day, April 22, 2009.[16]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Murphy Warehouse a MNSHARP worksite, recognized June 15". Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry. Archived from the original on February 13, 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  2. ^ Brainard Kunz, Virginia (2004). Bought 2 Horses & a Wagon. St. Paul, Minnesota: Ramsey County Historical Society. p. 18. ISBN 0-934294-65-8. 
  3. ^ "Murphy Warehouse Company Profile". Murphy Warehouse Company. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  4. ^ "CSCMP Board of Directors". CSCMP. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  5. ^ "University of Minnesota Search Results". University of Minnesota. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  6. ^ "Article - Changing the Warehousing Landscape". Food Logistics. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  7. ^ "Forward". Traffic World 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  8. ^ "Inbound Logistics:Feature Story". Inbound Logistics. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  9. ^ "Good "green" practices will benefit your DC's bottom line" (PDF). Distribution Center Management. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  10. ^ "Murphy Warehouse Logistics Support Services". Murphy Warehouse. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  11. ^ "In an industry known for asphalt, Murphy Warehouse grows green". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  12. ^ "Wenck Update November 2008" (PDF). Wenck. Retrieved 2009-10-19. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Murphy Stormwater System Backgrounder" (PDF). Murphy Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  14. ^ "Awards". Wenck. Archived from the original on January 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  15. ^ "Green jobs on black pavement". The Mayor Blog. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  16. ^ "YouTube - Murphy Earth Day". YouTube. Retrieved 2009-10-19.