Globalisation, changing customer expectations, digitisation, regulation and disruptive business models are pushing companies to upgrade, redesign and build new industrial and logistics facilities to succeed in this highly competitive and changing environment.

Dan Ayley

Global Head of Hi-tech and Manufacturing


The industrial and logistics industries are ones of extreme diversity, featuring a wide range of sectors ranging from storage and distribution to product and equipment manufacturing, to chemicals production and vertical farming. All of these sectors require modern, sophisticated warehousing space in order to respond effectively to their customer and market demands.

Market context

The industrial and logistics industries are fiercely competitive and highly integrated into a global network of interwoven supply chains. The global health crisis of 2020 has reinforced the need for resilient supply chains with network capacity which can absorb huge peaks and troughs in demand.

Technology is leading to massive structural change across the industrial and logistics industries. For factories and manufacturing facilities, ever more sophisticated digital tools and systems are enabling them to drive greater efficiencies and respond more effectively to global demand swings. From advanced robotics to mass customisation, rapid prototyping using 3D printing, ever-shorter product cycles and sensors embedded throughout the supply chain, it is clear that new innovations are having a pervasive impact on manufacturing across all sectors.

The technological trends of ‘Industry 4.0’ are as applicable to storage, distribution and logistics facilities as they are to production and manufacturing. In particular, the rise of e-commerce has created a demand for the faster, cheaper and smarter construction and operation of warehouses. At the cutting edge are highly automated fulfilment centres, in which lean factory conditions and practices are becoming the norm.

As we move closer to fully autonomous warehouses utilising advanced robotics and drones for online fulfilment, coupled with the increasing use of electric vehicles, the supply chain is undergoing a major transformation. Add the vast possibilities of artificial intelligence and blockchain to this picture and the future supply chain holds the promise of being leaner and ultimately, completely self-orchestrated.

Meeting the challenges

Current global economic uncertainty has further intensified competition for market share, leading to mergers, acquisitions and fast-paced growth. Gaining competitive advantage through improved access to emerging markets and reduced operating costs is key.

Where companies are launching new products and services or entering new markets and sectors, we can help achieve this growth in a risk-controlled, cost-effective manner using our expertise in commercial and project management, controls and assurance.

Research and development, innovation and speed to market are recognised as key differentiators in the industrial sector, improving quality, lowering costs and increasing margins. The increase in new technologies such as 3D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence, will also provide a competitive advantage. At the same time, greater visibility of the end-to-end supply chain, consolidating where possible, will help to better understand the risk factors.

From rapid technological change to rising competition and prices for the best locations, to intensifying demands from consumers, business and industry, it is clear that warehouse owners and occupiers require agile solutions meet to their portfolio needs.

We are working with our clients to explore how their estates can be used as an enabler to not only complement new ways of working, but also act as a financial catalyst to fund significant capital developments.

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