E-Commerce and the Changing U.S. Industrial Landscape

E-Commerce and the Changing U.S. Industrial Landscape


July 2014

By 2017, online sales could account for more than one-tenth of all U.S. retail sales. To keep up with growing demand, e-commerce companies are making major investments in big-box facilities that function both as warehouses to store goods and distribution centers to fulfill online orders. Traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers are shifting inventory held in the back of stores into big-box centers capable of supporting stores and online order fulfillment. Robust demand for the limited supply of big-box facilities is reshaping the industrial market, resulting in strong leasing and build-to-suit development, and sparking a new wave of speculative construction.

Keywords: Internet, Online, Investment, Supply, Demand, Market, Distribution


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