Logistics Hubs Give S.C. an Advantage


Logistics hubs – the future of distribution

April 19, 2008

By JACQUE RILEY, S.C. Business Magazine

Imagine you’re the CEO of a major international company, and you’re interested in expanding your American operations. You’re staring at the U.S. map, scrutinizing ports, highways and major commercial centers. As you compare geographical advantages, you also weigh factors like infrastructure, business climate and the availability of qualified workers. And you’d probably prefer to avoid those brutal Northeast winters, too.

That’s when South Carolina emerges toward the top of your logistics list.

Geographical blessings

“We are sitting on a gold mine in this state,” said Fred Monk, executive director of the S.C. Export Consortium. “The United States is still the largest market in the world, and South Carolina is a gateway to reach the concentrated hub of East Coast consumers.”

Straddling I-95 almost exactly between New York and Miami, South Carolina connects goods from the booming port of Charleston with the entire Eastern Seaboard. Along with a smorgasbord of highway connections to I-20, I-26, I-85 and I-77, our state also enjoys competitive rail service from Norfolk Southern and CSX.

As a result, South Carolina has attracted an increasing number of companies that specialize in the streamlined process of packing, tracking, shipping and delivering a plethora of goods. The trend toward this lucrative business model is underscored by news that Jafza International, an expert Dubai-based logistics company, will be building a state-of-the-art distribution facility on 1,300 acres in Orangeburg County.

“Jafza is a very savvy business — they’re very aware of the world market,” said Gregg Robinson, who serves as executive director of the Orangeburg County Development Center. “They are very aware of demand from the United States, and they see how a facility in Orangeburg County can provide a key service for a number of companies within the U.S. and the rest of the world.”

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