Online Grocers to Need More Cold Storage Space

A factory worker labels cases of freshly-squeezed orange juice in a refrigerated warehouse at Florida's Natural Growers plant in Lake Wales, Fla. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

The rise in online grocery sales could bring a need for more industrial cold storage space by the food industry, according to CBRE Research, a commercial real estate services firm.

Transport Topics
March 19, 2018
Business, Logistics

Peoples Services Buys B&M Storage

Peoples Services expanded its warehouse footprint in the Southeast with the purchase of the assets of Winston-Salem, N.C.-based B&M Storage & Distribution.

Transport Topics
January 16, 2018
Business, Logistics

Amazon Rival JD.com Built the Equivalent of Monaco in Warehouse Space in Three Months

A worker collects packages on a trolley at a JD.com Inc. warehouse in Shanghai. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg News.

JD.com Inc. added so much warehouse space in three months that the new construction could cover just about every inch of Monaco, a pace of expansion that rivals growth at Amazon.com Inc.

Bloomberg News
January 9, 2018

Real Estate Prices Soaring for Warehouses Near Ports, Intermodal Ramps

Port of New Jersey Port of New Jersey by Craig Warga/Bloomberg

Real estate prices to build distribution centers near major marine ports and intermodal ramps jumped double-digits in 2017, according to commercial real estate firm CBRE, as demand outstrips supply due to a retail supply chain increasingly tied to e-commerce and speed.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
January 8, 2018
Business, Logistics

St. George Logistics Acquires Channel Distribution

St. George Logistics has acquired Channel Distribution Corp., a warehousing and final-mile company based in Bensenville, Ill.

Transport Topics
December 28, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Fetch Robotics Garners $25 Million in Funding

Fetch Robotics robot IEEE Spectrum/YouTube

Fetch Robotics has raised $25 million in Series B funding, led by Sway Ventures. In total, the San Jose, Calif., firm has raised $48 million.

Transport Topics
December 11, 2017
Business, Equipment

Pac-Van Purchases Expand Storage, Warehousing Capabilities

Pac-Van storage container Pac-Van delivers a 20-foot storage container. (Pac-Van Inc./YouTube)

Pac-Van has expanded its storage and warehousing operations with two recent acquisitions in the South and Southwest.

Transport Topics
December 11, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Warehouses Are Getting Bigger, Taller, Faster

Jim Young/Bloomberg News

Those boxes piling up on your doorstep over the holidays don’t ship from Santa’s workshop. As Americans spend more money shopping online, real estate developers are sinking record amounts of money into new warehouse space, building bigger, taller structures to meet the needs of e-commerce — and the robots that help it along.

Patrick Clark and Kim Bhasin | Bloomberg News
December 1, 2017

Blackstone Acquires Stake in Cloverleaf

Farmers Produce TT File Photo

Warehousing and distribution firms are beginning to attract more interest from investors as demand for storage space nationwide heats up and competition intensifies among smaller players.

Daniel P. Bearth | Transport Topics Senior Features Writer
November 28, 2017

Warehouse Operators Look to Automation to Boost Capabilities, Ease Shortage of Labor

An Intelligrated Palletizer in action A robotic palletizer can work many times faster than humans to assemble products for shipment. (Intelligrated Inc.)

Warehouse operators are looking for ways to automate their operations to meet increasing demands for e-commerce fulfillment services and to compensate for what appears to be a growing shortage of workers.

Daniel P. Bearth | Transport Topics Senior Features Writer
November 13, 2017