Demand for Warehouse and Distribution Center Space

  • April 12, 2011
  • • Written by: Joseph S. Rabianski, Ph.D. Philip A. Seagraves, MSRE 

Spring 2011, Vol. 36, No. 1
Abstract: From 1990–1995, the analysis of warehouse and distribution center space came into its own in real estate literature. Previously, warehouse space was considered a component of industrial demand, along with production facilities. In this article, the authors present a review of the literature by focusing on the demand determinants as well as current thinking about the demand for this space and its market. The authors hint at potential new developments that may cause the current models to come into question, and conclude with suggestions for further research into warehouse and distribution center space demand and market activity.