Research - OCTOBER 12, 2020

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Global resilience & reorganization: supply chain real estate after COVID-19

by Zain Jaffer, Zain Ventures

Global lockdowns, reduced consumer spending, resource shortages, and increased demand for real estate? One of these things is not like the other. But the strength of the logistics & industrial sector is defying the odds when it comes to COVID-19. All signs point to ecommerce, an acquisition strategy that has boomed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, and that’s forced industry newcomers to acquire more space and regionalize their supply chains to be closer to the customer.

Demand unshaken

According to a midyear market report conducted by CBRE, ecommerce output made up 17 percent of last year’s total retail sales in the 10 countries with the highest retail output. That figure is expected to rise to 21 percent by 2021 and jump to 39 percent by 2030.

While ecommerce has been a pivot strate

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