E-commerce and Spec Warehouses: New Construction Trends
The ease of doing business via e-commerce has shaped the way we do our shopping (and our selling)! This has led to a record-breaking demand for warehousing and distribution centers. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. consumers spent an estimated $861.12 billion online in 2020, which is a 44% increase from 2019. Warehouses store inventory for retailers and distributers. Retailers such as Amazon and Walmart have warehouses greater than 250,000 square feet each. But warehouses can vary in size from 50,000 square feet to 2 million square feet. Due to the variance in sizes, variety, and make-up of products that could be exposed to fire, the commodity density requirements can vastly differ. This results in many different fire protection requirements.
More customers expect fast delivery for their online orders. Therefore, distribution and fulfillment centers must process and ship orders fast. Although inventory may only stay in a fulfillment or distribution center for a short time, the fire protection requirements can differ based on the temperature, product type, and amount that is being stored. In addition to what is being stored inside, the outdoor canopies may also require fire protection dependent upon use and location.
As the future of commerce grows to meet the needs of online shopping, supply chains will shift and evolve into higher-tech warehouses, distribution centers, and fulfillment centers. USA Fire Protection has the skilled laborers to meet the strict deadlines for these projects. With the diverse commodities being stored within these facilities it is important to have the design experience to accommodate the various needs and levels of difficulty.
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