Logistics is a $37 billion industry in South Carolina. Now with the deepest harbor on the East Coast, more room is available to transport shipping containers to and from The Palmetto State.
It’s why industry stakeholders see a bright future for South Carolina’s maritime economy. It’s also why Inland Port Greer is a prized commodity among electric vehicle and EV battery manufacturers. A pipeline for easy transport of goods and services translates into economic gold.
South Carolina is in a desirable position.
That doesn’t mean it’s clear of challenges. In this supply chain issue of SCBIZ Magazine you’ll hear from people on the front lines of navigating South Carolina’s logistics and distribution ecosystem. Post-pandemic global pressure points still exist. Turn these pages to learn about solutions.
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Inside you’ll read about the rise in speculative buildings across South Carolina. The demand for speculative industrial buildings that can also be used for distribution and logistics is growing statewide, with no significant slowdown in sight, reports Christina Lee Knauss.
You’ll also meet Greenville native Justin Jenkins, who has been plans for his trucking company, Paveway Express. His fleet of trucks doubled after the pandemic, as Jenkins and his crew saw demand soar with a newly opened economy.
“When I first started I had no idea or understanding of logistics and how everything worked with BMW and supply chain,” he told reporter Krys Merryman. “But once I realized, we took advantage of that, and a majority of the business is automotive supplier-related now.”
Jenkins has even bigger plans for the next five years. Merryman tells us why inside.
Finally, you’ll learn about Greenville-based Logisticus Group, and how it has embraced technology, like GPS Tracking and QR tagging, to expand its business and reach a new sector of clients.
You’ll also meet our Logistics Power List honorees, who reveal which emerging technology has had the biggest impact on the logistics industry, challenges stalking the industry and their predictions on what the industry will look like in five years. Barbara Melvin, SC Ports president and CEO, offers her insight in a guest column, as well.
South Carolina is on the fast track to success. Its supply chain logistics is a big reason why.
Jason Thomas is the executive editor of SC Biz News. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.