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The modern European warehouse

The logistics and industrial real estate sector in Europe has emerged over the past fifteen years and now constitutes one of the most dynamic sectors of commercial real estate and is set to grow further still. As labour and transportation barriers continue to fall and global trade increases, new trends will likely further alter supply chain management. Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, driverless cars, drones, robotics and 3D printing all promise to have a major impact on the location and type of logistics facilities available.

Logistics and as such logistics real estate has undergone much change recently. Success in logistics and industrial real estate depends on having the building in the right location and on the right terms and price. Whether you are a user, developer, or investor, BNP Paribas Real Estate is at the forefront of market evolutions, and has the experience and tools to help your business succeed.

BNP Paribas Real Estate has brought thought leadership to the field and has helped investors and occupiers manage the growth in this sector and benefit from it.  

Whether you’re looking to lease your warehouse space, purchase a modern production facility to diversify your investment portfolio, manage the profitability and long-term value of your current assets, or sell an existing asset , we offer a comprehensive range of services for the logistics and industrial sector including. These include Property Developmenttransaction and consultingoccupier solutionsInternational Investment Groupvaluation, Property Management, and Investment Management.

The Logistics and Industrial Market

The industrial and logistics market has over recent years gained significant market shares in comparison to other assets and represents 17% of total commercial real estate in 2020. The asset class has proven attractive thanks to low government bonds and strong relative pricing compared to other sectors. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and the many restrictions imposed by governments, the European transaction volume for logistics increased by 14% compared to 2019. E-commerce penetration and the need for warehouses to respond to the increasing demand from consumers have pushed transaction volumes up.

Thanks to a number of social, political and economic events over the past few years, investment in industrial and logistics has come to be viewed by investors as a safe and stable choice.

Main logistics hubs in Europe


Q4 2020 figures

Investment Key Figures

  •          Strong rebound in H2 2020

  •          After a first quarter with €9.6bn the highest volume of investment recorded in the last 15 years, Q2 dropped to €5.3bn. Q3 bounced back to a strong €8.3bnand Q4 reached €14.5bn, the second highest level ever recorded.

  •         The industrial and logistics market is gaining market shares against other assets. It represented 17% of total commercial real estate in 2020.

  •         Prime yields compressed during Q4 to 3.35% in Germany, 3.5% in the UK, 3.8% in the Netherlands and 3.9% in France, at the end of the year. Further yield compression is expected in 2021.

Take-up Key Figures

  •         Take-up in 2020 increased by 14% in the six leading countries despite lockdown measures throughout the year.

  •         70%+ take-up for warehouses over 5,000 sqm in the UK between 2019 – 2020

  •          +8% take-up for warehouses over 5,000 sqm in the Netherlands between 2019 – 2020

  •          +14% take-up for warehouses over 5,000 sqm in the Spain between 2019 – 2020

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Consumers have changed how they shop and more and more people have been turning to online shopping. This has created an increased structural demand for warehousing space across Europe as retailers compete to be the fastest and most efficient delivery service. The Covid-19 pandemic has only accelerated this trend, as with shop closures and social distancing measures preventing people from shopping in store, online sales have soared. These new shopping habits are likely to remain even after the pandemic, altering how warehouses are constructed, run and located. With competition being based on the speed of delivery, this implicates labour and transportation within the industry, boosting demand for logistics space.


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Last mile delivery

With retailers competing for who can deliver to the consumer the fastest, there is a greater call for last mile delivery. During the pandemic, many consumers were looking to have groceries delivered and with a notable surge in demand, the companies that were able to deliver fastest and in the most cost-effective manner, were the ones that flourished during the crisis. This has had the knock-on effect of encouraging more warehouses closer to town and city centres, serving the customer as fast as possible. In this way, companies might also establish dedicated logistics networks, with the aim of reducing costs and moving goods faster. Optimising the supply chain will as such be a major driver for industrial and logistics in the coming years.

Oliver Wissel

Automation is going to become very well important for logistics and industrial, particularly driven by the substantial rise in online shopping. With retailer competing to have the fastest delivery time, such technology will become more common place in the supply chain

Oliver Wissel
Director European Logistics & Industrial Advisory at BNP Paribas Real Estate

Reverse logistics

Reverse logistics is an area which many businesses have been reluctant to embrace, because of the costs involved with after sales product support. Now however, with a push towards sustainability and the circular economy, it is becoming increasingly present in the logistics supply chain.

Reverse logistics can help contribute to new sustainability challenges by reducing carbon emissions and waste. With many major European cities banning diesel engines, deliveries can be carried out by low carbon vehicles and be pooled to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. In this way, through the careful management of reverse logistics through various platforms, ecological costs can be reduced.

Waste reduction is also something which can be tackled by reverse logistics. The 2008 European Union policy, which prioritises the amount of waste that is generated, is a driving force for making reverse logistics more waste conscious.  As most waste ends up in transit at some point, and must be stored, reverse logistics can offer a key solution to its reduction.

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Local knowledge and global experience

Throughout Europe, our logistics real estate experts have deep local relationships and a thorough understanding of their markets to help occupiers, developers, and building owners achieve their business objectives. Whether our investors are buying or selling, our teams have unparalleled experience with transaction sourcing and execution for European logistics and industrial real estate.

Vincent Robion

The industrial and logistics asset class is changing dramatically and gaining market share compared to other asset classes. Thanks to BNP Paribas Real Estate’s astute analysis of the market and the European economic outlook, we are able to provide our clients with clear insights into the future of this sector

Vincent Robion
Head of European Industrial and Logistics Research at BNP Paribas Real Estate

Expert advice to better anticipate the market

As purchasing patterns and technologies are evolving rapidly, it is sometimes difficult to keep up with the latest changes taking place in the logistics and industrial sector. At BNP Paribas Real Estate, we have developed a set of metrics to help you anticipate and be prepared for the future. We correlate the risk of future functional obsolescence to a handful of specific, measurable attributes that can be assessed on a building-by-building basis within a portfolio. As a result, we are able to provide you with leading-edge quality advice.

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Traker is an operations consulting firm which focuses on modernising the supply chain of actors in manufacturing, retail and logistics. BNP Paribas Real Estate has chosen to acquire Traker in order to further diversify its logistics strategy and reaffirm its commitments to this asset class.

“We are proud to integrate BNP Paribas Real Estate, with whom we have been working for several years. We share a commitment to sustainable methodologies and a culture of excellence, leadership and boldness. This integration will allow us to increase our drive for innovation and value creation for our customers’ supply chains, while opening up new development opportunities for our team,” says Erwan Giraud and Mike Haziza, Traker’s Founding Partners.

Lettings and Sales case studies



Laatzen (Q3 20)

Size: 50,000 sqm

Client: Connox

Mission: finding new location in order to centralise activities 




Madrid (2020)

Size: 45, 529 sqm 

Client: Zeleris (Telefonica)

Developer: AEW

Mission: leasing of logistics and cross docking for a new development by AEW "City DOX". 

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