The shift toward online shopping has increased the need for warehouse space by retailers seeking to expand their digital operations and cut delivery times even with shopping at Amazon.com Inc. and other internet retailers only accounting for less than 10 percent of retail sales in the United States. Purchases of industrial buildings surged 34 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier to $20.9 billion, according to research firm Real Capital Analytics Inc.
“One major benefit of Industrial REITs is they’ve been expanding their portfolios to satisfy the strong warehouse demand for years, positioning themselves near, or around, high-population cities where the entitlement process can take significant time and consideration,” said Kevin R. Kelly, Managing Partner and Founder of Benchmark Investments.
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