French Logistics Matures in the E-Commerce Era


Justin Hildebrandt
Managing Director, Development

Karen Martinus
Associate, Research

November 2019


E-commerce and the movement towards online consumption has been one of the standout trends in the last decade.

Global business to consumer (B2C) e-commerce sales surpassed $2.9 trillion in 2018, up 22.9% on the previous year, with global online sales accounting for 12.2% of total retail sales.  E-commerce is transforming not only the world of retailers, but also that of logistics operators, revolutionising supply chains along the way. This is driving meaningful change in retail logistics and physical distribution networks. Organisations require sufficient logistics space close to consumers to manage the ever-growing volume of e-commerce deliveries and shorter delivery horizons. In this paper, we look at the evolution of e-commerce and its impact on logistics space requirements. We investigate the conditions necessary for effective e-commerce fulfilment and explore the vital role that logistics real estate plays in the e-commerce era.