January 14, 2020
In the Third Annual Industrial Investor Sentiment Report, produced by Real Capital Markets (RCM) in partnership with the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), the impact of e-commerce is front and center among survey participants.
“The significant expansion in e-commerce and the ongoing need for realignment of the corporate supply chain continues to shape the industrial sector and helps position it as a top asset class for investors, now and moving forward,” said Tina Lichens, COO at RCM.
Nor does the growth of e-commerce appear likely to stall, which is positive news for both global and local players. Observed Mark J. Duclos, SIOR, president of Sentry Commercial and 2020 SIOR Global president, “E-commerce has brought a globalized focus to this sector—and may be a constant thread across the country—but the majority of markets also are driven by the local market users’ needs and economic considerations.”
According to the RCM-SIOR Report, investor sentiment on pricing levels continues to be strong, as it has been over the three years that the report has been produced. As of late 2019, 94% of survey respondents believe that pricing levels will at least remain the same, comparable to the past two years.
However, 59% believe that prices will go even higher, by as much or more than 5%. Conversely, though, this level of optimism is down from the 68% of respondents who predicted higher pricing in last year’s survey.
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