Logistics and Distribution

Connected, Accessible, Smart Infrastructure to Reach Global Markets

Connected, Accessible, Smart Infrastructure to Reach Global Markets

Comprehensive infrastructure options, a central location close to customers, a top-notch skilled workforce, and a thriving tech culture make Ohio the best place for leading logistics and distribution companies to excel in a highly digital age.

In Ohio, you can ship via land, air or water, reaching large portions of the North American population as well as international markets. Ohio’s strong culture of tech is exploring new ways to manage warehouses, track shipments and move products. UPS, DHL, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service, the four largest delivery companies in the U.S., have six distribution and fulfillment centers in Ohio, more than any other state in the Midwest. Companies like Macy’s, Amazon, Home Depot, Hayneedle, zulily and Dollar Tree have seized Ohio’s advantageous logistics assets.

In Ohio, you can:

  • Utilize 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. International markets can be reached via direct shipping through the Port of Cleveland, Port of Toledo, and the Ohio River.
  • Hire trained and reliable talent from a selection of experienced workers as well as graduates from over 25 Ohio institutions offering nationally ranked programs in logistics and supply chain management.
  • Get ahead with logistics 4.0 resources as Ohio is home to smart mobility research and initiatives like truck platooning, electronically connected vehicles and more.
  • Access nine foreign trade zones that offer reduced or nonexistent customs fees and relief from inverted tariffs and duty exemption on re-exports. No matter what you make or where it’s going, you will excel when investing in Ohio.

No Matter What You’re Moving, Ohio Makes it Easy to Get Anywhere

Getting things from point A to point B couldn’t be easier when point A is Ohio. Centrally located in the U.S. and within a day’s drive of several major markets, Ohio has airports, interstates, railways and waterways that make it easy to ship things within the state, across the country and around the world. Ohio also boasts a pipeline of well-qualified workers, a collaborative e-commerce environment, and a business-friendly tax and regulatory climate, all of which contribute to the state’s outstanding reputation for providing flexible, reliable and cost-effective shipping solutions.

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.

Logistics and Distribution Companies Find What They Need to Succeed in Ohio

Logistics and Distribution Companies Find What They Need to Succeed in Ohio

Ohio Makes it Easy to Move Goods
By Ted Griffith, managing director of IT and logistics & distribution, JobsOhio
June 1, 2018

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.

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.

Dollar Tree is Bringing 400 Jobs to Morrow County

Dollar Tree is Bringing 400 Jobs to Morrow County

Discount retailer will invest $125 million to build distribution center
May 31, 2018

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.


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.