February 2016 | Sponsored | Economic Development

Georgia: Enabling Business Growth Through Collaboration

Tags: 3PL, Economic Development, Site Selection, Transportation Infrastructure, Transportation, Logistics, Technology , Big Data, Third-Party Logistics, Supply Chain

Jannine Miller is Director, Center of Innovation for Logistics, Georgia Department of Economic Development, 912-966-7867

The business environment in Georgia is rich in everything a shipper might seek for responding to customers and competing in the global marketplace. From well-designed redundancies across intermodal shipping methods to creative solutions when the unexpected happens, Georgia's logistics advantages can help shippers of all sizes and industries connect and grow.

Shippers are the lifeblood of logistics. Ensuring their unique needs are met and exceeded along every link of the supply chain is paramount to keeping the economy in positive territory.

Logistics costs have stayed stagnant, according to the 26th annual State of Logistics Report, released by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. At the same time, countless factors make it more expensive to do business. Recent external and economic factors, such as fluctuating fuel prices and West Coast port disruptions, have forced shippers to rethink their best practices.

Infrastructure: The Key to Success

With its vast and diverse logistics networks, Georgia recognizes its unique position. Federal, state, and local governments meet shippers' needs through continued improvements to seaports, ground freight transportation infrastructure, and airfreight networks.

Since 2012, Georgia invested more than $1 billion in its roadway network, which is predicted to more than double once a freight-hauling grid throughout Georgia is complete.

Expanding cargo capabilities on and near terminals at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport can position the state's passenger hub for the same efficiency success that enabled the Port of Savannah's outstanding growth pattern. And the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is readying the deep-water port to accommodate the larger, more efficient ships that are headed this way.

The toolboxes for shippers and logistics providers are getting bigger and more complex by the day, and it's important to find the right mix to solve cost issues and remain competitive. As if the countless array of new offerings from providers weren't enough, shippers need to firmly understand the evolving regulatory and economic landscape that affects logistics management.

Making Connections

Timely and relevant information about what's new and what's next, and about the practices other companies have successfully adopted is at the heart of the 2016 Georgia Logistics Summit (April 19-20 in Atlanta). In its eighth year, the Summit has become a breeding ground for collaboration with new, innovative ideas to help business happen in all areas of logistics.

The Georgia Logistics Summit will respond to these trends, and more, by hosting sessions on the economic landscape the industry will be operating in, and thought-provoking presentations on impacts of government regulations that affect logistics.

Attendees will also find value in learning about the real-life success stories that detail recent transportation, distribution center, and third-party logistics provider best practices, while participating in interactive roundtable-style discussions.

Those of us working in logistics have a duty to use the tools at our disposal to facilitate connections that make business happen.