Few consumers stop to think about e-commerce having a physical footprint because part of the beauty of online shopping is that it can be done nearly anywhere, anytime.
However, fulfilling an online order takes a massive facility and big investments. The e-commerce hub for retail is not a major shopping area, but the Buckeye State.
"For new development fulfillment centers, Ohio is usually at the top of the list for retailers," according to Frank Layo, a retail consultant at Kurt Salmon, who advises retailers on supply chain and logistics planning.
Ohio checks off a number of key items for e-commerce: geographic location, a key transportation network, tax incentives and skilled labor.