Logistics and Distribution

Ohio Continues to be a Hub for Logistics and Distribution Companies

Geographic location and a robust distribution and supply chain makes Ohio a hub for logistics and transportation.

CNBC named Ohio among the top 10 best states for business because of its infrastructure and logistics capabilities. The Tax Foundation also ranked Ohio No. 1 in distribution center corporate tax costs. 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, but it is also connected nationally and internationally by ports, railroads, and airports.

Ohio offers:

Flexibility and predictably. Whether shipping via air, land, or water, you have options for domestic and international freight transportation. 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 logistics and transportation here 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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If you are looking to build or expand your logistics, distribution or transportation company, Ohio is a great place for logistics companies. Learn the advantages of relocating to Ohio by contacting our team of logistics and supply chain experts.


Kevin Chambers
Kevin Chambers
Managing Director
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.

Crocs, Inc.

Crocs, Inc.

Crocs is one of the world’s most iconic shoe brands. Growth presented an opportunity for Crocs to better serve customers, so the company decided to relocate a major distribution center from California to Ohio. Crocs anticipates the Ohio location will be beneficial for the long term and looks ahead to its future in the state.

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.