Ranked #2: Highway Accessibility
Highway accessibility was ranked as the #2 factor by the respondents to Area Development's 2006 Annual Corporate Survey for a myriad of reasons.
Rick Thomas, Director Managed Transportation, CEVA Logistics (Feb/Mar 07)
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Deal With Shortcomings
highway issue will be perfect. If shortcomings are obvious, highway
access can often be improved to acceptable levels if the community
surrounding an area is willing to finance the improvements needed to
attract your business and others like it. And not all the improvements
involve years of construction. Some may be "simple" fixes like adding
dedicated turning lanes or traffic lights and widening certain key
stretches of the roadway. More involved changes include installing
flyover exit ramps and entire new roads. Find out if the needed
improvements involve the highway itself or local zoning ordinance
changes to eliminate the barriers between your business and an
interstate highway system.
are just some of the questions and issues that should be addressed
about highway accessibility when doing a site search. A failure to
recognize the importance of highway access can be catastrophic to the
lifeline of your business. A simple rule to follow is that if you can't
easily drive to a location to check it out yourself, then chances are
no one else can, and maybe you should be expanding or revising your
site search.Note: Rick Thomas
is director of managed transportation at CEVA Logistics. He can be
reached at (904) 996-1901. CEVA Logistics is the new name for TNT
Logistics, which began rebranding in December 2006. CEVA provides a
wide range of supply chain logistics services for key market sectors.
CEVA employs more than 38,000 people, who are operating in 26
countries, managing 79 million square feet of warehouse space. In 2005,
CEVA reported sales of $4.22 billion. The CEVA Logistics web site
address is www.cevalogistics.com.