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September 29, 2016

As major retailers expand their distribution networks to speed up delivery to consumers, some industrial investors are turning their sights to warehouses in urban areas.

The e-commerce explosion has already fueled a boom in the industrial sector, accounting for 30-40% of tenant demand for warehouses, according to JLL. As that activity pushed occupancy rates and rents to all-time highs, institutional investors entered the sector in big numbers, snatching up large distribution centers on the outskirts of major metropolitan areas.

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