E-Commerce Drives Demand for Logistics Buildings in Monterrey: Scale

Monterey, NL. In the wake of the pandemic, the e-commerce growth In turn, it triggered the need for industrial warehouses to be used as department stores and buildings to offer logistics and distribution services.

According to an analysis carried out by Escala, a company specialized in project management, in the second quarter of 2021, the demand for industrial space in the country it had an increase of more than 35% compared to the previous quarter, and compared to the same period in 2020, it was a little more than double.

Monterey was positioned as the main demander at the national level, with a gross demand of 313,000 square meters in the second quarter of 2021, doubling the figure compared to the previous period and almost triple the figure reported in the same quarter of 2020.

As long as Mexico City, from April to June 2021, it ranked second with 288,000 square meters, reporting a quarterly increase of 10% and 60% compared to the same period of the previous year. Other cities that registered high levels of demand were Guanajuato, Tijuana, Querétaro, Saltillo and Ciudad Juárez.

The companies dedicated to e-commerce they demand large warehouses and distribution buildings of up to 100,000 square meters, because they supply traditional stores and their operation has particular characteristics: purchase orders, packaging, product delivery coordination. For this reason, the industrial segment and buildings for logistics and distribution are expected to continue growing, commented Pedro Valdes, CEO of Escala.

The study “Impact Generated by Covid-19 on Companies”, carried out by the National Institute of Geography and Statistics (inegi), indicates that during the pandemic 1 million 010,857 businesses closed, that is, almost 21% of the total economic units in Mexico.

However, with the confinement in 2020, online sales or e-commerce reached 316,000 million pesos, with an increase of 81% compared to 2019, according to data from the Mexican Association of Online Sales (AMVO).

An example of this rapid growth is Amazon Mexico, which operates five logistics centers, two support buildings and two sorting centers in the country’s main markets, such as Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara and the State of Mexico, explained the manager.

In turn, the Amazon Mexico distribution centers are located in the corridors of Apodaca, Nuevo León; two in Cuautitlán Izcalli, State of Mexico and another in Tepotzotlán, within Prologis Park Grande, with an area of ​​100,000 square meters.

“Electronic commerce is a structural change, it is not a fashion in the way of doing business, since it impacts the real estate market in its different sectors,” stressed Pedro Valdés.

He noted that the need for more spaces to store and sell via electronic commerce will allow the growth of other firms such as Free market, Post office, DHL or Fedex. Likewise, traditional commerce companies will also require more space to sustain their growth in sales via the Internet.


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