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SC Logistics is a collaborative effort to strengthen South Carolina’s economy, create jobs, attract investment, and become a global leader in transportation, distribution, and logistics. SC Logistics is an initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness that is made possible, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and with support from the South Carolina Department of Commerce. 

SC Logistics is a collaborative effort to strengthen South Carolina’s economy, create jobs, attract investment, and become a global leader in transportation, distribution, and logistics. SC Logistics is an initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness that is made possible, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and with support from the South Carolina Department of Commerce. 

MANAGE, MARKET, AND CONNECT THE LOGISTICS SECTOR

South Carolina is home to a robust network of airports, seaports, and major railways and highways. SC Logistics helps highlight those assets in order to position the state as a hub for the transportation of freight across the globe. 

GROW THE LOGISTICS SECTOR

The logistics industry supports all businesses in South Carolina, from global manufacturing companies to locally owned small businesses. As a growing number of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) opt to settle in the state, SC Logistics helps provide the resources they need to thrive.

EXPAND THE TALENT PIPELINE 

We help introduce South Carolina students to the logistics industry and help the industry attract and retain talent by strengthening recruitment, skills development, and opportunities for employees and employers.

PROMOTE A COMPETITIVE INFRASTRUCTURE AND BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT THROUGH RESEARCH

We provide our federal, state and local officials with the data and industry updates required to make informed decisions on how to best support the growth and success of the state’s logistics industry.

FOSTER COLLABORATION, KNOWLEDGE SHARING, INNOVATION, AND TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS IN THE INDUSTRY

We facilitate the growth of the technology sector by providing opportunities to build connections, share expertise, and advance new ideas within the logistics industry.

MANAGE, MARKET, AND CONNECT THE LOGISTICS SECTOR

South Carolina is home to a robust network of airports, seaports, and major railways and highways. SC Logistics helps highlight those assets in order to position the state as a hub for the transportation of freight across the globe. 

GROW THE LOGISTICS SECTOR

The logistics industry supports all businesses in South Carolina, from global manufacturing companies to locally owned small businesses. As a growing number of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) opt to settle in the state, SC Logistics helps provide the resources they need to thrive.

EXPAND THE TALENT PIPELINE 

We help introduce South Carolina students to the logistics industry and help the industry attract and retain talent by strengthening recruitment, skills development, and opportunities for employees and employers.

PROMOTE A COMPETITIVE INFRASTRUCTURE AND BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT THROUGH RESEARCH

We provide our federal, state and local officials with the data and industry updates required to make informed decisions on how to best support the growth and success of the state’s logistics industry.

FOSTER COLLABORATION, KNOWLEDGE SHARING, INNOVATION, AND TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS IN THE INDUSTRY

We facilitate the growth of the technology sector by providing opportunities to build connections, share expertise, and advance new ideas within the logistics industry.

SC Logistics History

SC Council on Competitiveness hosts first Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Summit. Begins developing a strategic communications plan.

2008

TDL Council rebranded as SC Logistics. The SC Council on Competitiveness gets federal grant to strengthen the state’s logistics cluster. 

2016

SC Logistics releases the results of an independent Warehouse and Distribution Study indicating that South Carolina is home to three of the top five most cost-competitive cities for warehousing and distribution.

2018

2011

SC Council on Competitiveness’ TDL Cluster hosts second summit. Launches a formal TDL Council.

2017

SC Logistics releases study indicating that South Carolina’s logistics industry has a $32.9 billion impact on the state’s economy with 600 logistics companies operating in the state.

2019

The SC Council on Competitiveness commissioned a survey of other states with a logistics ecosystem similar to SC.  The results helped establish a plan to increase SC’s competitiveness factors in three key areas: Education and Workforce Development, State Visibility and Engagement, and Infrastructure.

2008

SC Council on Competitiveness hosts first Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Summit. Begins developing a strategic communications plan.

2011

SC Council on Competitiveness’ TDL Cluster hosts second summit. Launches a formal TDL Council.

2016

TDL Council rebranded as SC Logistics. The SC Council on Competitiveness gets federal grant to strengthen the state’s logistics cluster. Suzanne Dickerson named Director of logistics initiatives. 

2017

SC Logistics releases study indicating that South Carolina’s logistics industry has a $32.9 billion impact on the state’s economy with 600 logistics companies operating in the state.

2018

SC Logistics releases the results of an independent Warehouse and Distribution Study indicating that South Carolina is home to three of the top five most cost-competitive cities for warehousing and distribution.

2019

The SC Council on Competitiveness commissioned a survey of other states with a logistics ecosystem similar to SC.  The results helped establish a plan to increase SC’s competitiveness factors in three key areas: Education and Workforce Development, State Visibility and Engagement, and Infrastructure.

A 2008 summit organized by the SC Council on Competitiveness organized and gathered Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) industry stakeholders to discuss issues impeding competitiveness.  The event drew over fifty key industry leaders who collectively identified common issues they could collectively address. The input from this summit drove the development of a strategic communications plan to address three main challenges that needed to be resolved in order to increase industry competitiveness: lack of political will to fund infrastructure adequately, lack of high-level government and private-sector leadership, and negative public perception of the industry.

Building on the success of the 2008 summit, the SC Council on Competitiveness held a second summit in 2011 during which industry successes were celebrated and ideas were exchanged on how to build on that momentum. The key takeaway from the 2011 summit was that South Carolina needed to get more organized to compete for the freight traffic coming in 2014 and needed to reinvest in the state’s infrastructure to strengthen the multimodal logistics system. That same year the SC Council on Competitiveness held a CEO Roundtable in which members supported the creation of a formal TDL Council, to be comprised of public and private sector leaders from across the state. Thus, In November of 2011, the TDL Council was formally launched and provided input for the development of a comprehensive statewide strategic plan sponsored by the SC Department of Transportation, SC Department of Commerce, and SC Ports Authority. 

After five years of growth, it was determined that the TDL Council was well-positioned for change.  So in 2016, the SC Council on Competitiveness named Suzanne Dickerson as the director of logistics industry initiatives and the TDL Council was rebranded as SC Logistics.  Also in 2016, the Council received a $175,000 grant from the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to strengthen the logistics cluster in South Carolina.  Among other things, those resources have helped support several significant industry research projects including a 2016 study on the industry’s economic impact on the state of South Carolina and a 2017 study that indicated that the state of South Carolina is home to three of the five top five locations in the U.S. for warehousing. Taylor Jackson became Deputy Director of SC Logistics in 2019 and took the helm as Director of the initiative in June of 2020.

As SC Logistics continues to grow and expand its network of partners and collaborators, it is leading the charge in telling the story of South Carolina’s logistics industry through research and with an eye towards facilitating growth in the sector. 

A 2008 summit organized by the SC Council on Competitiveness organized and gathered Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) industry stakeholders to discuss issues impeding competitiveness.  The event drew over fifty key industry leaders who collectively identified common issues they could collectively address. The input from this summit drove the development of a strategic communications plan to address three main challenges that needed to be resolved in order to increase industry competitiveness: lack of political will to fund infrastructure adequately, lack of high-level government and private-sector leadership, and negative public perception of the industry.

Building on the success of the 2008 summit, the SC Council on Competitiveness held a second summit in 2011 during which industry successes were celebrated and ideas were exchanged on how to build on that momentum. The key takeaway from the 2011 summit was that South Carolina needed to get more organized to compete for the freight traffic coming in 2014 and needed to reinvest in the state’s infrastructure to strengthen the multimodal logistics system. That same year the SC Council on Competitiveness held a CEO Roundtable in which members supported the creation of a formal TDL Council, to be comprised of public and private sector leaders from across the state. Thus, In November of 2011, the TDL Council was formally launched and provided input for the development of a comprehensive statewide strategic plan sponsored by the SC Department of Transportation, SC Department of Commerce, and SC Ports Authority. 

After five years of growth, it was determined that the TDL Council was well-positioned for change.  So in 2016, the SC Council on Competitiveness named Suzanne Dickerson as the director of logistics industry initiatives and the TDL Council was rebranded as SC Logistics.  Also in 2016, the Council received a $175,000 grant from the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to strengthen the logistics cluster in South Carolina.  Among other things, those resources have helped support several significant industry research projects including a 2016 study on the industry’s economic impact on the state of South Carolina and a 2017 study that indicated that the state of South Carolina is home to three of the five top five locations in the U.S. for warehousing. Taylor Jackson became Deputy Director of SC Logistics in 2019 and took the helm as Director of the initiative in June of 2020.

As SC Logistics continues to grow and expand its network of partners and collaborators, it is leading the charge in telling the story of South Carolina’s logistics industry through research and with an eye towards facilitating growth in the sector.