Ohio Continues to be a Hub for Logistics and Distribution Companies
Geographic location and a robust distribution and supply chain make Ohio a hub for logistics and transportation. In fact, CNBC named Ohio among the top 10 best states for business because of its infrastructure and logistics capabilities. The 2021 Tax Foundation “Location Matters” report has Ohio ranked #1 in effective tax rates for new distribution center firms. With a central geographic location close to customers and a multimodal statewide infrastructure, Ohio makes reliable, efficient shipping possible.
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If you’re looking to build or expand your logistics, distribution or transportation company, Ohio is a great option for your business.
Why Expand or Relocate to Ohio?
Whether shipping via air, land, or water, you have options for domestic and international freight transportation. Ten foreign trade zones located across the state offer reduced or nonexistent customs fees as well as relief from inverted tariffs and duty exemption on re-exports.
The four largest delivery companies in the U.S. (UPS, DHL, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service) provide more outbound parcel services from Ohio than from any other state in the Midwest. This means businesses have negotiation power when choosing a shipper.
Get ahead with logistics 4.0 resources in Ohio, home to smart mobility research and initiatives including truck platooning, connected vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems, and more. Moreover, several cloud service providers, including Amazon Web Services, are located in Ohio.
Ohio’s education institutions offer nationally recognized programs in supply chain and logistics management. From 2010 to 2019, there was a 73% increase in the number of degrees granted annually for supply chain management, resulting in a large, well-trained logistics and distribution workforce in Ohio.
Gabe's Expands Distribution in Ohio
West Virgina-based retailer Gabe’s is building its largest distribution center in Springfield, Ohio. With 122 stores across 14 states, the Ohio location is within 500 miles of all its stores. This new state-of-the-art distribution center will future proof Gabe’s operations and make the company’s supply chain more resilient.