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Online shopping boom is driving growth for warehouse REITs

There are many reasons retailers such as Target, Sears and Walmart have seen their shares drop this year. One biggie is that more and more people are spending their dollars online. According to eMarketer, an independent research firm, the world’s consumers will spend US$1.5 trillion online this year; that should climb to US$2.3 trillion by 2017. An Amazon fulfillment centre in Peterborough, England. Demand for industrial warehouse space near cities and transport is booming. (Oli Scarff/Getty) The growth in e-commerce is shaking up another industry: real estate. E-commerce providers may not have much need for mall space, but to fulfil their customers’ orders quickly, they need warehouses. In

Same-day dreamers

Online firms are plunging into same-day delivery again WHEN veterans of the last dotcom boom name companies that epitomise the excesses of the late 1990s, they invariably include Webvan and Kozmo.com in their lists. Both promised to make it easy and cheap for people to order goods online and have them delivered swiftly. And both failed spectacularly after they discovered just how hard it is to make money trying to deliver on tight deadlines. Now, three online giants that survived the dotcom bust are trying to succeed where those two firms failed. Amazon is leading the charge. It has launched AmazonFresh, a same-day delivery service, in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. “Place your orde

E-commerce bigger in China than United States

What to know about business in China 01:38 Compared with their U.S. peers, Taobao versus eBay, JD.com versus Amazon, Suning vs. Walmart, the Chinese leading e-commerce players have a much shorter history. However, they will take a bigger e-commerce share from the overall retail space soon. Unlike in the United States, most smaller cities in China have not been penetrated by organized retailers or consumer brands yet. This offers an opportunity for e-commerce to become the mainstream retail format for these cities. Another reason is that the cost of commercial property in China went up significantly in the last decade. Thus, consumer brands and retail merchants are more encouraged to migrate







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