How Is COVID Affecting the Demand for Warehouse Space in Vancouver

by Michael Kotendzhi | Warehousing
COVID and the Demand for Warehouse Space

The warehouse space market for shippers is wildly fluctuating right now because shipping has been having so many stops and starts and has been so unpredictable. Shipping and warehousing is an integral part of a supply chain, so any changes in supply chain dynamics affect all the moving parts.

 Within the supply chain, many flights got cancelled with little notice. Then they were operational again, and then they weren’t. Most people’s shipments endured all manner of delays. So, freight was slower moving into and out of storage.

 Another problem has been a lack of truck drivers. Freight cannot move unless there are enough drivers for trucks. Lack of personnel at ports has slowed loading and unloading, this again causes delays into and out of warehouses.

 The demand for warehouse space has been hard to predict and will likely continue to change. Because of problems receiving foreign shipments of parts, manufacturers have been moving manufacturing closer to home. This is a strategy that may or may not open up some warehouse space.

 It is clear that the public wants to buy products, but products are not always on the shelves because the products either can’t arrive where and when they are supposed to or can’t get to distributors. The warehouse question continues to evolve every day with logistics and shipping professionals doing their best to make shipping of their customers’ products as efficient as possible..

 If you need any help with shipping, logistics, and/or warehousing of your products in southern British Columbia, give us a call in Vancouver at (604) 439-8938. This is our area of expertise.

For over 30 years, 18 Wheels Logistics has strived to be the most customer-centric trucking, warehousing, and logistics company around. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 18 Wheels relies on experience and integrity to make customers happy and remain on the cutting edge of shipping and logistics management.

 If you have any questions about this article or you would like to talk to us about your shipping needs, please call us at (604) 439-8938.

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.