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.
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.
Ohio’s Future in E-Commerce: CNBC
One of Ohio’s many strengths is its logistics and distribution industry and infrastructure. As consumers turn to the internet for purchases, e-commerce retailers identify Ohio as one of the top locations on their lists to build fulfilment centers. Not only can they reach about 90 percent of their customers within two days, they also have inexpensive shipping options because of Ohio’s diverse and accessible major interstates, railways and airlines. To top it off, companies are happy with the large availability of qualified talent for hiring.
Ohio’s Logistics and Distribution Assets Support zulily’s Growth
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.