Occupiers’ appetite for Asia Pacific warehouse space slightly weaker than in 2021: CBRE

For investors in Apac, while logistics continues to be the most recommended asset class, interest is “not as good” compared to 3 months ago, states Henry Chin, CBRE’s international head of investor thought leadership and Apac head of research.”In light of the existing lagging return growth, investors may think about monetising earlier investments, particularly those with restricted capacity for asset upgrade, to realise profits and take advantage of current market situations,” he adds.

” As Covid-19 has indeed become endemic also supply chain strain alleviates, occupiers’ focus has indeed moved from area attainment to functional effectiveness improvements,” the study report states.

A new poll by CBRE has recently discovered that regardless of continuous economic unpredictability, logistics tenants in Asia Pacific (Apac) intend to expand their depot profile, with a concentration on premium spaces found in prime spots near clients as well as public transport.

Anyhow, interest remains sustained by omnichannel retailers, manufacturers and 3rd party logistics service agencies. In addition, numerous industry have observed climbing take-up from firms in high-value-added industries such as electronics, automobile, semiconductors as well as life sciences that are expanding their logistics footprint for them to diversify supply chains.

Stockroom automation is identified as the top measure to improve supply chains, with new and also functional logistics real estates with much higher upper limits, multitudes of loading bays as well as reliable power source being one of the most sought-after choices.

Top quality logistics establishments in central places remain the most sought-after assets. Over fifty percent of the study participants, or 56%, choose logistics investments that are near customers moreover convenient to public transportation. Tenants are likewise ready to pay more for much better places to mitigate the raise in transport costs and potential disruption.

” The growing use of storehouse automation throughout Asia Pacific is an obvious indicator that occupants are making every effort to improve performance while resolving increasing labour prices,” states Ada Choi, head of occupant study, Asia Pacific, for CBRE. “On top of that, occupiers are more and more prioritising future-proof establishments, such as green electricity supply along with electric-vehicle charging stations, showing a more comprehensive commitment to sustainability.”

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However, expansionary sentiment has actually weakened contrasted to previous years. The survey, which polled 120 business across Apac, spotted that 68% of respondents plan to obtain and live in even more storehouse space over the following 3 years, lower than the 78% reported in 2021. CBRE associates this to a balance sought after adhering to a spike caused by the shopping boost and supply-chain disruptions at the time of the pandemic.