Czech Republic Fifth Most Important Market for E-fulfilment in Europe

Prologis research estimates e-commerce industry in Europe will double over the next five years, affecting supply chains, facilities and talent that support the critical functions of e-fulfilment and logistics

PRAGUE (October 12, 2015) – Prologis, Inc., the global leader in industrial real estate, today published a research paper that reveals the growth of the e-commerce sector in Europe and how it will affect the region’s broader economy.

A key discovery is that growth in e-commerce over the last three years has translated into 5 million square metres of new e-fulfillment space and is driving job growth in key logistics hotspots. Representing up to 10 percent of the total demand, the Czech Republic represented 9 percent of Europe’s e-commerce direct leasing agreements and is one of the top five European markets alongside the U.K., Germany, France, and Poland.

The paper, titled “European E-Commerce, E-Fulfilment and Job Creation”, reviews e-fulfilment strategies and customer location preference based on a deep analysis of individual leases. This analysis shows that for every €1 billion in new e-commerce sales, 77,000 square metres of new logistics real estate was needed to fulfill those orders.

Looking ahead, the implications that follow include:

The research also demonstrates how complementary industries, such as logistics real estate that serves as a backbone to e-commerce, will continue to benefit.

“In the past three years, e-commerce leases accounted for 15 percent of total leasing volume and we expect this ratio to rise further as more companies expand their e-fulfilment capabilities,” said Chris Caton, senior vice president, Prologis Research. “Most growth is expected to occur in Europe’s three largest e-commerce markets, the U.K., Germany and France, which could account for approximately 10 million square metres alone.”

Prologis is one of the leading providers of distribution facilities in the Czech Republic with more than 952,000 square metres of logistics and industrial space (as of June 30, 2015).