“Poland is among the European leaders, and the coming months will confirm this” says Tomasz Mika, Senior Director at JLL in the interview with magazyny.pl. As he admits, tenants and developers are planning new investment projects, and new players interested in the warehouse sector are entering the market.
There are very few investment areas of over 100 ha in Poland which are not infrastructural deserts. Most of the large parcels available on the market are agricultural land that have not been developed in terms of road and technical infrastructure, which are key aspects for large investments in industries such as automotive or electromobility.
The development of e-commerce and the accelerating urbanisation process is translating into a growing stock of urban warehouses in Poland which currently stands at approx. 1.6 million sqm, with the prospect of further growth.
With almost 50% share in total net demand, logistics operators clearly lead the way in the sectors active on the warehouse market in Poland. As JLL data show, this is mainly due to the constantly growing e-commerce sector, but also due to increased consumption (FMCG, DIY sectors). The increase in this share is observed not only in high-storage warehouses, but also cross-dock facilities.
Modern roads are one of the key arguments in favour of creating new favourable warehouse locations in Poland. The infrastructure appearing in places that have been difficult to access so far allows many companies to gain additional development opportunities and generates significant savings.
Despite the dominant position of warehouse locations called the Big Five, new places on the map of Poland are becoming more and more important. Main reasons? Availability of employees, lower costs and constantly developing infrastructure.
The demand for warehouse space was visible in the first half of the year in almost every market segment in Poland. Logistics operators, retail chains and light manufacturing companies were the most active tenants and together they have accounted for almost 80% of net demand.
Total industrial stock in Poland now stands at 16.9 million sq m. Gross take-up in the first half of 2019 exceeded 1.6 million sq m. In addition, over 1.1 million sq m of new space was delivered to market and 2.2 million sq m is under construction.
During the whole 2018, the companies leased over 3.7 million square meters of warehouse space. As JLL data showed - it was the second best result in the history of the market (after 2017). What changes await the warehouse market in 2019?
Poland is ranked 13th in the list of the fastest growing e-commerce markets in the world. We talk to Rafał Szcześniewski, COO & Founder Omnipack about how this affects the development of online store logistics and what will be crucial for entrepreneurs in 2019.
2018 was a challenging year for Special Economic Zones. First of all, the zones underwent a revolution – changes in the law caused that entire Poland was included in the special economic zone. Here is a summary of the most important SEZ events this year.
The Rozprza commune offers over 200 hectares of area to potential investors. The main advantage is the central location of the commune. In addition, the areas were joined by the Łódź Special Economic Zone, creating one of the largest sub-zones of the LSEZ in Rozprza.
Developers are still increasing their activity. As the JLL report has showed, in the first half of 2018, the resources of modern warehouse space in Poland reached 14.2 million square meters. In the last quarter, 343.000 square meters were delivered to the market in 15 warehouse parks, which gives over 648.000 square meters delivered to the market throughout the first half of the year.
The commercial real estate market is waiting for a technological revolution. Already, new technologies have become the everyday life of consulting companies such as JLL. As the first report on PropTech showed in Poland, the Industrial sector mostly understands this.
The value of investment transactions in the Polish warehouse sector at the end of the first quarter of 2018 amounted to approx. EUR 100 million under three purchase/sale agreements. This is the result of the summary of the first three months on the warehouse market prepared by JLL experts.
“Just 5 years ago, the interior of every warehouse looked exactly the same, the biggest craze being various arrangements of shelves. Over the years, however, the situation has changed dramatically. At the moment 100 percent of large facilities—buildings over 25 thousand sqm—are custom-built, which means each of them is different,” says Tomasz Olszewski, Regional Director, JLL. So what are Polish warehouse facilities like now, and what will they be in the future? Analysis by Tomasz Olszewski, JLL.
“We do not intend to become the largest logistics operator in Poland, but we definitely want to be a key player in contract logistics in terms of innovation, customer focus, quality of service and cost efficiency,” says Yann Belgy, General Director, ID Logistics Polska, in an interview for warehousefinder.pl.
Thanks to its excellent location, well-developed infrastructure and attractive rental rates, Central Poland was the most desirable area on the country's warehouse map in 2017. The region accounts for 30 percent of demand within new contracts and expansions.
The latest data from JLL shows that Poland has hit the podium —the country ranks third in Europe in terms of the amount of rented warehouse space. Ahead of Poland are the Netherlands and the largest European market—Germany. Every tenth square metre of warehouse space in Europe was rented in Poland.