Logistics Complexes and Market Demand

Small warehouses located in strategic locations that serve to quickly distribute the merchandise sold online, are the type of properties that in this context of new business reality have gained ground.

Monday, March 15, 2021

When analyzing the Guatemalan market, it is reported that one of the geographic regions in which the productive activity of this sector is increasing is composed of Villa Nueva, Villa Canales and San Miguel Petapa, municipalities of the department of Guatemala that are located south of the capital of the country. This area is a commercial node that has developed quickly in recent years.

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On the outskirts of the metropolitan area, the departments of Quetzaltenango, Izabal and Escuintla, are the centers of opportunity identified by specialists in the subject. Since these three provinces show considerable commercial dynamism and road infrastructure has improved, logistics projects are expected to be developed in these areas in the coming years.

Federico Rolz, member of the Board of Directors of the Gremial de Bodegas attached to the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala (CIG), told Prensalibre.com that they have "... 'noticed that individual warehouses in the provinces are developing logistics projects in the coming years. 'noticed that individual warehouses of greater footage have been put up for rent, however, this varies according to the location'."

In the wake of the restrictions imposed by the covid-19 outbreak, e-commerce became popular among Guatemalan consumers. This phenomenon generated a need among companies, since they must hire the services of warehouses to deliver their products.

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Guillermo Furlan, member of the Board of Directors of the Gremial de Bodegas, pointed out that "... 'the observed increase in e-commerce could translate into a greater demand for companies to be able to improve their distribution and logistics'."

According to Rolz, "... demand for space has been increasing, the growth of e-commerce and greater demand for smaller distribution centers closer to the end consumer has contributed to the warehouse market."

On the other hand, there are customers that maintain the supply chain, such as laboratories and cleaning products that have seen an operation even higher than normal, so they have required larger storage spaces or even expand into different locations within the metropolitan area, concludes Furlan.

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