Over the last 18 months online purchasing activity has rocketed creating an e-commerce boom and putting pressure on the UK’s existing warehousing and logistics facilities. This has resulted in high levels of take-up for existing facilities and space in the delivery pipeline meaning warehousing and logistics space in the UK is in increasingly short supply.
The pandemic also placed a greater focus on speed of delivery, creating a need for bespoke solutions that can be developed across a wider range and type of location. These include multi-storey warehouses and smaller, last-mile logistics centres in densely populated areas as well as new geographic locations for the traditional Grade A ‘big box’ units.
However, these new consumer demands and purchasing habits are here to stay and our thought leadership piece published in 2021 looked at the different options available to providers and operators in order to overcome this lack of warehousing and avoid a supply-demand imbalance.