March Issue: Fulfilling Promise

Growth in e-commerce drives demand for specialized fulfillment facilities.

Growth in E-Commerce Drives Demand for Specialized Fulfillment FacilitiesWarehouse

With rapid growth in online purchases driving a need for more fulfillment accommodations, editorial director Suzann D. Silverman spoke with a variety of property and supply chain players about how the industrial real estate sector can best meet the needs of retailers, third-party logistics providers and others involved in the process. Q&A participants include John Grubor, senior vice president of engineering and implementation at third-party logistics provider OHL; Bryan Jensen, vice president & principal with supply-chain strategy and logistics consulting firm St. Onge Co.; Jim Medbery, senior vice president for industrial brokerage specialist Binswanger; Ben Peterson, senior vice president of global customer solutions for developer Prologis; and Curtis Spencer, president of foreign trade zone and logistics consulting firm IMS Worldwide Inc.

CPE: What are the top priorities that the real estate provider needs to be sure to supply or accommodate when developing e-commerce distribution/fulfillment facilities?

Ben Peterson: For dedicated e-commerce facilities, which often have high employee loads (when compared to traditional distribution centers), users are requesting higher car parking abilities and large power supplies—to be used for air-conditioned warehouse space and big automation systems. The dedicated e-commerce fulfillment center may also require separation within the site for auto parking and truck maneuvering, as well as numerous access points.

Read the full interview in the March 2014 issue of CPE. Access is free!