The Importance of Logistics in Georgia and Beyond

Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah, Georgia

When we say (FDC) is strategically located, we aren’t just tossing around buzz words, we mean it. Our world headquarters are in Savannah, GA, also home to the Georgia Port Authority, the largest single-operator facility in North America. According to a recent ranking by Forbes magazine, Atlanta is the 12th fastest growing city in America. Consequently, Savannah’s port continues to grow apace as we are closer to Atlanta than any other port city. If you think of logistics in the simplest terms of moving products from point A to point B, Savannah’s port is ideally situated to receive goods shipped worldwide via container ships, and then distribute them from here by rail and truck. Third party logistics (3PL) companies like take things a step further, receiving product and shipping it globally via one of our international facilities. Logistics, also referred to as supply chain management, is a critical industry to Georgia and Savannah plays an integral role in the growth of state and nationwide logistics.

Site Selection, the Magazine of Corporate Real Estate Strategy & Area Economic Development, recently named Georgia the “#1 Business Climate in the Nation.” Savannah’s port also holds the title of fastest-growing and 4th-largest in total volume. Are you starting to see the bigger picture of why FDC is located where we are? In addition to our state-of-the-art warehouse space in Savannah, FDC has executive offices at Savannah’s World Trade Center (WTC), a foreign trade zone. Foreign trade zones are the U.S. equivalent of what are known internationally as free trade zones. Advantages of these zones include certain duty and tax exemptions and/or reductions, inventory security, and indefinite storage times. WTC Savannah is a member of the World Trade Centers Association, a global association of hundreds of World Trade Centers in over 100 countries. At FDC, we are committed to the our customers and all of our employees work together to Make Worldwide Fulfillment Easy!

E-commerce sales are now outpacing retail sales at brick and mortar businesses. Even traditional retail establishments have an e-commerce component to their business via their website. From established retail giants like Target and Wal-Mart, to start-up businesses targeting specific niches for selling their products online, consumers are buying everything they need online and logistics companies are largely responsible for getting the goods delivered to them. Whether you are shipping product directly to a consumer or end user (B2C sales) or to a business which then sells or distributes your product (B2B sales), FDC can store your inventory and ship on-demand as orders come in. Our dashboard allows you to view your inventory in real time and data about sales, orders, returns, and product stock are always just a click away.

If there is a downside to the continued industry growth, it would be recruiting talented employees. Just as the logistics industry has grown to meet the demand of consumers and e-commerce sales, the pool of educated and trained workers needs to increase to meet industry demand. According to Page Siplon, Executive Director for Georgia’s Center of Innovation for Logistics, “there are 270,000 logistics jobs created every year, but only 20% of graduates are certified for careers in this field.” Savannah is tackling this supply and demand discrepancy pro-actively in a variety of ways. Some key examples include an area high school with a designated specialty program focusing on the maritime industry; various trade association groups underwriting college scholarships at Georgia Tech in logistics-oriented areas of study; and to direct students’ interest at an even earlier point in their schooling, there is the recently established Tybee Island Maritime Academy, an charter elementary school that is one of only two schools in the country with a maritime-specific focus.

Location is essential to the logistics industry and FDC is sitting pretty and poised to grow in step with e-commerce sales impacting the city of Savannah, the state of Georgia, the United States, and the rest of the world.