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This study, the New Industrial Revolution, highlights the key changes that will shape future supply chains and drive occupier demand for logistics property over the next 5-10 years in Europe. 

By providing insight into how supply chains could be modified, we aim to help businesses plan their future physical distribution networks and spotlight how developers and investors can unlock value and enhance the performance of their logistics property assets. 

​A better awareness of supply chain trends is critical to a better understanding of real estate opportunities – whether you are a corporate occupier, a developer or an investor. 

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1. The technological changes that are driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution will transform supply chains to consumer-centric ‘demand chains’ by improving the visibility of demand, the responsiveness of supply chains and the tracking of products.

2. Globalisation and right-shoring will dictate new locations for industrial and logistics facilities, and Europe could profit from more reshoring and nearshoring with segmented supply chains being the norm.

3. Efficient city logistics will become essential due to last-mile fulfilment and other unique urban challenges such as competition for land and congestion.

4. Corporates will need to integrate their property and supply chain decision-making to optimise the performance of distribution property networks. Meanwhile, property developers and investors will need to think ‘future proof’.

5. 15 years ago Amazon was an online bookstore; 5 years ago same-day delivery was limited to pizzas. In the life of a typical distribution building, warehouse operations will be revolutionised. Here’s one scenario – driverless vehicles and warehouses full of robots.

Digital Disruption

Global supply chains are facing their biggest shake-up in centuries with the Fourth Industrial Revolution promising to disrupt more than manufacturing. No single technology is transformative, but their aggregation is transforming supply chains to consumer-centric demand chains.

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Where’s Next?

With globalisation entering a new era, right-shoring could have new location impacts for Europe’s manufacturing and distribution facilities.

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Are your locations delivering?

In Europe's cities 'same-day delivery', last-mile fulfilment and urban logistics' unique challenges will fundamentally change the types of distribution properties required.

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Guy Gueirard
Head of EMEA Logistics & Industrial,

Jon Sleeman
EMEA Logistics & Industrial Research

Alexandra Tornow
EMEA Logistics & Industrial Research

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