Distribution & Warehousing Associations: Which Should You Join & What Do They Offer?

If you’ve been looking to connect with other professionals in the distribution and warehousing industry, there’s no shortage of groups to join. In this post, we break down some of the top associations by location, who they’re best for, and the resources they offer to members. 


In no particular order:  


International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) 


Location: North America

Who should join? Third-Party Logistics (3PL) companies

What resources do they offer? Annual IWLA Convention & Expo, workshops, seminars, an insurance captive, networking, warehouse law, retained counsel services, warehouse forms, promotion of the 3PL industry, and a warehouse directory


Warehouse Education and Resource Council (WERC)

Location: United States

Who should join? All warehousing and distribution professionals

What resources do they offer? Annual WERC Conference, online courses, webinars, chapter meetings, regional gatherings, online events, job listings, discounts, and distribution logistics sector knowledge base. 


Texas Warehouse Association


Location: Texas, USA

Who should join? Warehouse and distribution professionals in Texas

What resources do they offer? Educational programs, marketing on behalf of members, networking events, and state legislature task force.



Southeastern Warehouse Association (SWA)


Location: Southeastern United States

Who should join? Warehouse and distribution professionals from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia. 

What resources do they offer? Annual SWA Convention, educational programs, network of service providers, monthly newsletter, and events.



Distribution Management Association of Southern California


Location: Southern California, USA

Who should join? Warehouse, distribution, and logistics professionals in Southern California.

What resources do they offer? Educational seminars, scholarships, networking events, facility tours, and governmental resources.


Warehouse Worker Resource Center


Location: Southern California

Who should join? Warehouse, distribution, and logistics professionals in Southern California.

What resources do they offer? Educational programs, advocacy programs, and action groups.


California Warehouse Association


Location: California, USA

Who should join? Agricultural warehouse, distribution, and logistics professionals in California.

What resources do they offer? Annual CWA Convention, educational programs, membership meetings, discounts, and state legislature task force.


Joining any of these associations is ultimately a great way to stay connected within the industry and learn about best practices. If you’re interested in joining any of them, we’ve linked to each one of them above for you to explore them in more detail and sign up. 


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