"What's so remarkable about Columbus, Ohio?," you're probably asking. Well, it is the second largest city in the Midwest and the 14th largest city in the U.S., but those fun facts weren't probably at the top of your list.
What is notable about the Arch City, at least for those of us who work in supply chain and logistics, is that Columbus is located within a day's drive of nearly half the U.S. population and one-third of the population of Canada.
So, what does this mean for your brand?
If you're in need of an ideal location for your supply chain needs, Columbus has you covered, but even more importantly, the location could reduce your supply chain spend. Here's how:
- By using a centrally located 3PL, your brand can take advantage of freight consolidation services. When your goods are located in a logistics hub such as Columbus, you could experience savings through freight consolidation. Freight consolidation lets you save money by sharing in the cost of transporting your freight. When freight is combined with other shipments that aren't your own, you ultimately pay less.
- Columbus, Ohio can serve as a "gateway" for your east coast distribution needs. If your company is based on the west coast, but most of your customers are located on the other side of the country, it can be expensive to store and ship goods in a place that doesn't align with your customer base. By calling Columbus home, you can take advantage of added cost savings by managing an inventory in a location that serves the majority of your customers.
- Central Ohio has the people to do the job. Columbus has a diverse talent pool necessary to tackle the amount of freight that goes through the area each year. Over 4,000 logistics firms call Columbus home with nearly 80,000 employed in the industry. The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business is consistently ranked among the top logistics and supply chain programs in the world, training tomorrow's leaders to work in the industry. By having access to the right mix of supply chain professionals, you can save money by ensuring that those working in the field here in Columbus will have the knowledge and insights needed to optimize your supply chain.
For more information on what makes Columbus, Ohio a great place to partner with a 3PL like FST Logistics, click here.