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12 Reasons Why Columbus, Ohio, Should Be Amazon’s Next Headquarters

Posted by Patrick S. Sedlak, Principal on 01.23.18


Columbus, Ohio, is one of 20 finalists in Amazon’s search for the location of its new, multi-billion dollar North American headquarters, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Sedlak’s history of working in the Columbus area goes back decades and includes retailers like Lbrands, DSW, Ascena Retail Group, Toys ‘R’ Us, and Eddie Bauer, as well as 3PLs such as Exel-DHL, Mast Global Logistics, and OHL (now GEODIS). We are also actively involved in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Columbus Roundtable, and have ties to both Ohio State and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. As such, we are enthusiastic supporters of Columbus being selected as the home of Amazon’s new HQ.

We polled our consulting staff on reasons why Columbus should be selected. Here are their responses:

  1. Amazon already has new facilities in the Columbus area, including multiple AWS data centers and two new fulfillment centers.
  1. Columbus has 1,000 acres close to its metropolitan center for an Amazon campus and has offered a reimbursement package for land acquisition and site preparation.
  1. The city also offered Amazon multiple financial incentives over the next 15 years, including 100 percent property tax abatement, a 35 percent income tax refund, and funding to support transit, mobility, and high-speed fiber network needs. These offers would save Amazon millions for more than a decade.
  1. Columbus was named the nation’s first Smart City by the U.S. Department of Transportation and has a starter budget of $140M to become a world-class logistics leader.
  1. It is home to a strong university system in The Ohio State University, which offers a highly educated talent pool in supply chain, logistics, and distribution, as well as other professional areas.
  1. It has a reputation as a hotbed for information technology talent.
  1. It also is considered a new business incubator for entrepreneurs.
  1. Central Ohio offers a strong and experienced retail labor pool.
  1. Ohio is ranked by U.S. News as the most affordable state in the U.S. based on cost of daily living, housing, and available income. Real estate, labor rates, etc., are also less expensive in Columbus than many of the other candidate cities.
  1. It offers competitive cultural amenities, such as theaters, symphony, parks, and bike/hike trails.
  1. Columbus has excellent proximity and infrastructure to serve major markets. It’s within a 1-day drive by truck or a 1-hour flight to:
    • 41% of the US population
    • 80% of US corporate headquarters
    • 43% of US manufacturing
    • 29% of the Canadian population
  1. Columbus is in a geographically stable location – e.g., no earthquakes, mudslides, and minimal exposure to extreme weather events.

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