Demand for Warehouse Labor Increases with E-commerce Growth

By: Matt Powers

Consumers have fully embraced the reality that just about everything their hearts desire is only a click away, so it’s no surprise that real estate deals for e-commerce fulfillment centers are surging. And so is demand for labor to keep them running.

Over the last two years, e-commerce logistics real estate was the most active industrial sector in the United States. In fact, it represented 22.5 percent of all big-box leases of 500,000 square feet or more. That’s up from 16.1 percent of all big-box transactions from 2010 to 2014, when e-commerce was the third most-active industrial sector.

Those big warehouses don’t stock themselves. Even with warehouse automation, e-commerce fulfillment and distribution centers create high demand for human workers to fill the square footage and keep operations running smoothly.

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