Ohio Continues to be a Hub for Logistics and Distribution Companies
In 2019, CNBC placed Ohio among the top 10 best states for business because of its infrastructure and logistics capabilities. With a central geographic location close to customers and a multimodal statewide infrastructure, Ohio makes reliable, efficient shipping possible.
Ohio has the fourth largest interstate highway system in the nation and 60% of United States and Canadian customers are within a day’s drive, which makes Ohio ideal for road transport. Not only does Ohio have a large interstate system, it is also connected nationally and internationally by ports, railroads, and airports.
Flexibility and predictably. Whether shipping via air, land, or water, you have options. Nine 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 power of choice. 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.
Next-generation (smart) logistics capabilities. Get ahead with logistics 4.0 resources as Ohio is 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.
A skilled and growing talent pipeline. Ohio’s education institutions offer nationally recognized programs in supply chain and logistics management. From 2010 to 2017, there was a 137% increase in the number of degrees granted annually for supply chain management, resulting in a large, well-trained logistics and distribution workforce in Ohio.
With the rise of e-commerce, speed and accessibility are crucial, which is why companies such as Macy’s, Amazon, Home Depot, Crocs, Gap, Zulily, and Dollar Tree have invested in Ohio. Getting from point A to point B is easy when point A of your logistics and distribution operations is Ohio.