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Madrid, 2nd July 2019

The Last Mile is becoming, increasingly, the key battlefield in the supply chain of electronic commerce, and it is taken for granted that the companies acting in this trade, whether they are “Pure Players” or traditional Through the omnichannel model, they will have to develop specific strategies in this area to compete effectively in this field. In the same way, the logistics operating companies, of which those are or might be customers, should review, are already reviewing, in fact, their performance assumptions, and, among others, their real estate storage and distribution supports.

Both online merchants and / or distributors, as well as companies in the logistics and transport sector, which already face the challenge of adopting new approaches and increasingly evolved technologies to compete, also face the need to rethink the physical distribution, and, therefore, its network of warehouses and distribution routes.

The increasing demand for speed and convenience of the target clients in the city, as well as increasingly large and complex urban areas, in particular single-family housing developments or housing at height but low density, are forcing some and others to review their storage and distribution networks, replacing centralized networks with small-scale local distribution infrastructures, in which the demand for increasing capillarity that ensures the objective of approaching the final recipient is increasing.

What form and what characteristics this capillary network should take in real estate terms is one of the challenges that one and the other must already be considering. Without prejudice to the role they will develop, and that they are already developing localized deliveries, such as mailboxes at gas stations, stations, and transport exchangers, or the commercial premises themselves, and, by extension, and on a larger scale, shopping centers.

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