Accessible Logistics 2.0
The logistics and distribution industry is undergoing immense change.
Robots and humans are working together in warehouses, machines are digitally communicating, retail stores are transforming and distribution centers are supporting high-tech supply chains. Ohio is tapping into these revolutionary new elements of logistics 2.0 while also supporting important evergreen elements of logistics and distribution.
In Ohio, companies can:
- Take advantage of an integrated infrastructure. Ohio has the nation’s fourth largest interstate system, 10 major rail yards, 13 intermodal terminals, four dedicated air cargo terminals, seven commercial airports and three inland water ports.
- Access customers and markets. Ohio’s central location makes it easier to reach customers and markets quickly and cost effectively as Ohio is within one day’s drive of more than 60 percent of North America’s manufacturing capacity.
- Reach international markets and suppliers. Nine foreign trade zones provide cost-effective access to suppliers and markets around the world. Direct shipping through the Port of Cleveland means an economical and more efficient means of moving cargo to global markets.
- Hire trained and reliable talent. Build a workforce with graduates from over 25 Ohio institutions that offer nationally ranked programs in logistics and supply chain management.
Ohio continues to attract distribution and fulfillment centers. Macy’s, Amazon and Dollar Tree are the latest companies to open a facility in Ohio. Home to an integrated transportation infrastructure and facilities for UPS, DHL, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service, Ohio makes it easy for companies to move goods where they need to go.
Dollar Tree, one of the nation’s largest discount retailers, is building a distribution center in Morrow County. The company is investing $125 million to build the 1.2-million-square-foot facility, which will create 400 jobs. Dollar Tree was attracted to the site because it offers easy access to both its network of stores and a large and available talent pool.
Hayneedle.com is an online furnishings retailer growing at a rapid pace and had a need to expand. With a fulfilment center already in Monroe, Hayneedle invested in a second facility because of the city's reliable workforce and ideal location for distribution.
Make it here and ship it anywhere. Ohio has an infrastructure that is almost too good to be true when it comes to logistics advantages. Unlike many other states, Ohio's logistics and distribution assets offer an omni-channel experience with a multitude of seamless and flexible choices at your fingertips.
The Transportation Research Center (TRC) will include a 540-acre Smart Mobility Advanced Research and Test (SMART) Center. The center will include testing of highly automated vehicles in a closed, safe and repeatable environment before being deployed into the real world.