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The Shed of the future
E-commerce: its impact on warehouses
This new insight report which looks at the impact of e-commerce on warehouses.
The report asks specifically how our changing shopping habits will impact the key characteristics of retail supply chains, and sets out our view of how this will shape the warehouse of the future.
Our research covers the following themes:
- Location – How warehouse location relates to demands for greater convenience;
- Flexibility – The warehouse is evolving from a storage space for retailers to encompass a variety of functions in the product fulfilment cycle;
- Technology & big data – How technology and data can be used to make the warehouse and supply chain more integrated parts of retail businesses; and
- Efficiency – A look at how efficiencies can be gained through operational agility and flexibility of leases.
The research highlights the growing demand for urban warehouses, providing closer proximity and access to the large urban base of consumers, whilst recognising that demand for the ‘mega shed’ will be maintained as retailers look towards gaining greater efficiencies in the supply chain.