Online shopping persists after pandemic, cramming warehouse spaces

As the global economy recovers from the pandemic, the United State’s warehouse industry is already booming. “On demand” warehousing services surged throughout the pandemic’s stay-at-home guidelines with consumers relying entirely on online shopping.

Market analysts noted that many retailers who previously operated successful brick-and-mortar businesses had to pivot to enable online operations. This included taking and processing online orders and ensuring on-time deliveries.

Warehouse spaces that previously didn’t deal with online orders were quickly transformed to meet the requirements of e-commerce. But with lifting pandemic restrictions and businesses ramping up productivity, warehouse space is hard to come by.

“The boom in online shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic is making it difficult to find storage facilities in many states,” says Vlad Gasnikov, CEO of OLIMP, a warehouse and last mile service startup. “In 2021, the search for warehouses that can serve the interests of online retailers, has become one of the main industrial trends.”

According to Gasnikov, there is also a high demand for people with logistics industry experience, especially with managing warehouse availability or expanding warehouse capacity.

Companies facing a warehouse space shortage have started renting premises for space away from the usual routes. Gasnikov believes this is a good approach.

Businesses with expanded delivery networks are better positioned for e-commerce’s growth — even if consumers return to in-store purchases in a post-pandemic world.

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