Incentives In Industrial: How the Market Shows Potential During the Pandemic

At our house, the doorbell rings more now than it ever did before the COVID-19 pandemic. The sound doesn’t typically announce a friendly visit from a neighbor these days. Instead, it alerts the household that our delivery has arrived, that on our doorstep awaits something as mundane as
groceries or as exciting as new craft supplies for the kids. Our family is one of millions doing our best to heed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control while also supporting the local economy. In doing so, we’re indirectly bolstering the industrial commercial real estate market. It’s no surprise that online sales have seen an incredible boost in the past few months. After all, most stores were completely shut down for a period, only able to offer their wares via the internet. As a result, there’s been an increased demand for warehouse, cold storage and distribution space.
That need is driven in large part by the food industry, which has documented growing consumer desire to pick up grocery items or to have them delivered as an alternative to winding the narrow aisles of their neighborhood market. Daily online sales doubled between March 13 and March 15 (compared to March 1 to March 11), per Adobe’s Digital Economy Index. Before COVID-19 online grocery sales only represented 1.5 percent of e-commerce sales. They now account for more than 10 percent. Before you argue that the spike is temporary, a survey conducted by Brick Meets Click / Shopper Kit suggests that nearly half of people who are doing their shopping online intend to do so even after the pandemic is over. Click to read more at