Holiday shopping season is upon us, some people are shopping in stores and some online. Josh Hearne, SIOR provided some insight into the commercial real estate effect on shopping and shipping.
In 2001, a gallon of gas was $1.46, Wikipedia launched online, and Apple released the first ever iPod. This was also the last time Chicago has seen one of its lowest vacancy rates in the industrial market. In the second quarter of 2018, the vacancy rate was at 6.44%.
An Industrial Corridor Modernization Initiative approved by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is in the works for the North Branch Industrial Corridor of the Chicago River. With local authorities exploring the options for adding more industrial zones along the river, this would bring more businesses and jobs to Chicago. Many companies who could not expand or even begin their business in the city due to the strict zoning laws, were forced to relocate out of Chicago. As stated in the CP Executive article, “Developers will pay fees back to the fund and the Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus system has expanded to the southern portion of the corridor and a North Branch Corridor Bonus system in the northern part of the corridor was created.”
Consumers have become accustomed to receiving their items within a few days as a result of companies like Amazon and Walmart. So how do other businesses keep up? They purchase smaller warehouses to break up the distribution and shorten the shipping time and costs. In the current market, businesses are purchasing smaller multi-tenant warehouses, rather than additional larger industrial buildings.
By now, as the commercial real estate community knows well, Amazon and the likes have sought after large Class A warehouse space as the e-commerce demand continues to grow. We live in the time of larger spaces and shorter delivery times. The perfect solution to address this challenge is found in last-mile distribution facilities. This article from Bisnow.com addresses the hidden value in these 30,000 to 65,000 SF facilities often overlooked by major corporations, but are now seeing the limelight as sought after property along major transportation ways. Click here to read the full article at Bisnow.com.
With the rise in online shopping and demand for faster delivery times, there is a need and change in big box industrial development. The Chicago area saw a 13.76% increase in development in response to the booming e-commerce industry. Can vacancy rates keep up with the extra warehouse and distribution centers and how is e-commerce impacting some firms' distribution infastructure? Read more in this article from GlobeSt.com
Although early predictions for the commercial real estate market look slump, it is still considered a viable investment according a 2018 finding. This REJournals.com article features an interview exploring what exactly makes commercial real estate an attractive investment and the political implications facing the industry. Click here to read the original article on REJournals.com.