Logistics is big business in Florida, where the broader wholesale trade, transportation and logistics industry employs more than half a million Floridians. Of those some 84,000 work at companies specifically providing logistics & distribution services. Nearly every major global logistics integrator already has a presence in the state, including the headquarters for Ryder System, Inc., Landstar System Inc., CEVA Logistics U.S., Inc. and other top logistics companies. As the Western Hemisphere's commercial gateway, Florida's logistics & distribution industry is poised to grow further with the Panama Canal expansion in 2014 and the numerous infrastructure developments and upgrades underway around the state.
Value Added Logistics Services (VALS)
Areas of Excellence: Trade finance and insurance, fulfilment services, reverse logistics, packing and crating.
Select Companies in Florida: CEVA Logistics, Jagged Peak, PSS World Medical, Ryder System, Inc.
Areas of Excellence: Training and simulation, space systems logistics, marine prepositioning system.
Select Companies in Florida: Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., Lockheed Martin GTL, Northrop Grumman Training and Simulation Group, Raytheon WSS.
Specialized Logistics IT
Areas of Excellence: Supply chain management solutions for hospitality, fleet and transportation management solutions, custom computer programming.
Select Companies in Florida: Air-Transport IT Services, Inc., Amadeus North America, Data2Logistics, LLC, FreightCenter.com.
Wholesale Trade & Transportation
Areas of Excellence: Latin America & Caribbean region wholesale trade & transportation services, fleet management, air cargo shipments.
Select Companies in Florida: Brightstar Corporation, Landstar System, Inc., PenserSC, Quality Distribution, Inc.
- Florida's transportation infrastructure is ranked 2nd in the US. (Business Facilities)
- Florida has the 3rd largest logistics & distribution industry in the nation
- Florida is the 4th largest exporter state and a leading global trade hub
- Florida has the 5th highest number of logistics & distribution jobs in the US