Logistics and Distribution

A Connected, Accessible and Smart Infrastructure to Reach Markets Everywhere

A central location close to customers, a thriving tech environment and a comprehensive statewide transportation infrastructure all make Ohio the best place for logistics and distribution companies to excel in a highly digital age.

Ohio is built for modern logistics and distribution. Ohio’s multimodal infrastructure and prime geographic location guarantee that companies can reach a significant amount of U.S. and Canadian customers –60 percent are within a day’s drive –as well as customers around the world.

Ohio offers:

Flexibility and predictably. Ohio has a large multimodal infrastructure, making it easy to reach customers in a fast and affordable way. 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 like 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. More than 25 institutions of higher education in Ohio offer nationally ranked programs in supply chain management and logistics. From 2010 to 2017, there was a 137 percent 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, and that’s 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.

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E-Commerce Boom Happening in Ohio

E-Commerce Boom Happening in Ohio

Retailers rely on Ohio’s location, infrastructure and high-tech chops to build distribution and fulfillment centers.
Milind Paranjape, director of technology, logistics and distribution
July 23, 2019

Changing dynamics in e-commerce are requiring retailers to invest in fulfillment centers that offer customized services that are fast, flexible and dependable.

Kroger and Ocado Break Ground in Ohio on U.S.’s First-Ever Robotic Warehouse

Kroger and Ocado Break Ground in Ohio on U.S.’s First-Ever Robotic Warehouse

$55 million high-tech facility will create over 400 jobs
July 19, 2019

Online shopping is on the rise and expected to grow exponentially within the next few years. Grocery leader Kroger and U.K.-based Ocado are partnering on a U.S. first-of-its-kind robotics warehouse that will bring customers fresher food faster than before while providing seamless customer service anywhere, anytime.

LA-Based Integra Beauty Invests $4 Million in Ohio Distribution Center

The facility will be the company’s first outside of California
July 1, 2019

Integra Beauty, a growing beauty, fashion and lifestyle company, looked to better serve its east coast customers by investing in a distribution center outside of California. Integra Beauty chose central Ohio for its easy market access and skilled workforce.

Crocs Brings Major Distribution Center to Ohio, Creates 130+ Jobs

Infrastructure and proximity to customers influence relocation from California to the Midwest
March 25, 2019

One of the biggest names in footwear is moving its main North American distribution center from California to Ohio. The move will enhance Crocs’ distribution and logistics network to further streamline its supply chain and increase its speed to market.

Gap Will Add 600 Jobs and Almost Double Its Output in Central Ohio

Spikes in online sales drive Gap to expand, install state-of-the-art equipment
February 25, 2019

E-commerce across the U.S. is expected to grow, and Gap is already seeing the rise in online sales. The company needed to increase output and add state-of-the-art equipment at its Ohio distribution center to keep up with projections. An investment in central Ohio, with its access to workforce, proximity to markets and comprehensive shipping network, will almost double the company’s daily output.

Ohio’s Advantage. Your Opportunity.

Midwestern states are a popular choice for logistics and distribution investment because of their location. Positioned nicely between the East and West Coasts, they offer easy accessibility to highly populated areas. However, only Ohio offers the highest and most diverse concentration of major shipping hubs in the region. This competitive shipping landscape means you can get your products where they need to go - faster. Ohio's advantage is your strategic opportunity as demonstrated by the map below.


Since opening its second corporate office and distribution center in central Ohio, zulily has experienced tremendous growth. JobsOhio and its network of regional and local economic partners have worked together to support that growth, showing zulily how Ohio’s location, workforce and proximity to customers provide a competitive advantage.