The outlook for the industrial/warehouse sector continues to brighten, including expected decreases in vacancy rates and projected gains in rental rates. The demand for warehouse space is on the rise and gaining the attention of companies and investors. Read about market data and statistics; innovative ways to market and utilize warehouse space; and insight into the how the legalization of marijuana is making an impact on the warehouse industry.
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Types of Warehouses
Warehouses are the most common types of storage, however other forms do exist (i.e., storage tanks, computer server farms, etc.). Some warehouses are massive structures that simultaneously support the unloading of numerous in-bound trucks and railroad cars containing suppliers' products while at the same time loading multiple trucks for shipment to customers. Here we look at five different types of warehouses:
- Private Warehouse: Owned and operated by channel suppliers and resellers and used in their own distribution activity.
- Public Warehouse: Space that can be leased to solve short-term distribution needs.
- Automated Warehouse: Advances in computer and robotics technology have enabled many warehouses to feature automated capabilities.
- Climate-Controlled Warehouse: Space that is capable of storing many types of products including those that need special handling conditions.
- Distribution Center: Warehouses where product storage is considered a very temporary activity.
Source: Types of Warehouses, (KnowThis, 2017).
Warehouse Market Data and Statistics
Robots Will Take Your Job if You Work in Warehousing, (Crain’s Chicago Business, July 26, 2017).
2017 Warehouse Capacity and Trends Report, (Supply Chain Brief, June 15, 2017).
They Work Hard for No money – Are Warehouse Robots Here to Help or Replace Humans?, (Material Handling & Logistics, Apr. 2017). E
2017 Warehouse/DC Equipment Survey: Investment Up as Service Pressures Rise, (Modern Materials Handling, Apr. 2017). E
Why Dallas/Ft. Worth Warehouse Leasing is up a Whopping 60 percent in 2017’s First Three Months, (Dallas News, Apr. 3, 2017). E
Robots in the Warehouse: It’s Not Just Amazon, (Forbes, Jan. 11, 2016).
About the Warehousing and Storage Subsector, (U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, 2016).
Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015, (PwC & Urban land Institute, 2015).
Location, Location, Location (Estates Gazette, Oct. 17, 2015) E
America's Favorite Second Home: Self–Storage, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Apr. 21, 2015).
Real Estate Likely to Ride a 3–Year Wave, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Apr. 10, 2015).
Six Trends in Commercial Real Estate to Watch for in 2015, (UrbanLand, Jan. 15, 2015).
Warehouse Space: The Next Big Real Estate Trend, (Fortune Builders, Jan. 23, 2014).
Expectations and Market Realities in Real Estate 2014 (Deloitte Development,, Real Estate Research Corporation, & National Association of REALTORS®, Jan. 2014).
Warehouses Becoming Boon for Commercial Real Estate (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Jan. 28, 2014).
Warehouse Brokerage & Investment
Warehouse REIT joins ever-growing 2017 IPO List, (Estates Gazette, Aug. 26, 2017). E
How Humdrum Self-Storage Became the Hottest Way to Invest in Real Estate, (Forbes, Apr. 13, 2016).
Space Race: Why Warehouses are a Solid Investment in a Changing Economy, (Curbed, Febr. 18, 2016).
How to Estimate the Value on Warehouse Space (eHow, 2016).
What to Look for in a Property Manager (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Feb. 2015).
Ways to Make Money With Warehouse Space (Houston Chronicle, 2014).
How to Market Your Warehouse (Houston Chronicle, 2014).
Buyers Making Homes out of Warehouses (REALTOR® Magazine Online, June 2014).
Converting Commercial Properties into Homes, (Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2014).
How to choose the perfect warehouse space, (National Federation of Independent Business, Mar. 27, 2014).
Big Builder Test Drives Home Design Plans (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Sept. 18, 2013).
New uses for vintage warehouses, (Development, Summer 2013).
Trending: Warehouses & Legalized Marijuana
From Pop to Pot, (The Pueblo Chieftian, Aug. 2, 2017). E
eCommerce, Marijuana Light Up Warehouse Space , (Real Estate Finance and Investment, Mar. 6, 2017). E
Marijuana Industry Faces Steep Lease Rates in Tight Market, (Alaska Journal of Commerce, Feb. 17, 2016). E
Getting High on the Housing Supply – the Housing Crisis Amid Denver’s Cannabis Boom, (New Republic, Jan. 1, 2016). E
Warehouse With More Than 700 Marijuana Plants Found in Vienna, Close to Police Dog Base, (Business Source Corporate Plus, Dec. 5, 2015). E
Maryland Makes Room for Medical Marijuana, (The Washington Post, Oct. 23, 2015). E
Colorado’s Marijuana Industry Sparks Warehouse Space Crunch, (Time, Aug. 31, 2015). E
Illinois Approves 1st Marijuana Workers to Grow Legal Pot, (The Chicago Tribune, Jul. 12, 2015). E
Marijuana Growers Bidding up Warehouse Space in Denver, (Electrical Wholesaling, Feb. 1, 2015). E
Production Efficiency & Quality Vital to Cannabis Market, (Greenhouse Product News, Feb. 1, 2015). E
Real Estate Issues in a Flourishing Cannabis Market: Q&A with Oregon Broker Zach Stratford, (Marijuana Business Daily, Feb. 4, 2015).
Warehouse Cultivation Space at a Premium (Marijuana Business Daily, Mar. 12, 2014).
Pot-growing warehouses in short supply as demand for legal weed surges (The Denver Post, Mar. 11, 2014).
Pot sales spark warehouse boom in Colorado, (Washington Post, Mar. 11, 2014).
eBooks & Other Resources
The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
Commercial Real Estate Investing 12 Easy Steps to Getting Started (Adobe eReader, Kindle)
Commercial Real Estate Investing – A Creative Guide to Successfully Making Money (Adobe eReader, Kindle)
The Complete Guide to Real Estate Finance for Investment Properties (Adobe eReader, Kindle)
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