City logistics market in Poland

Development of the industrial market is illustrated by the rise of the urban warehouses. Summary of the city logistics trends in the report by JLL and SEGRO.

Poland’s industrial property market has been experiencing an unprecedented boom over the last decade, with the amount of industrial stock here more than tripling, from 6.3 million m² in late 2010 to over 20 million m² today. Such growth can be attributed to a number of factors, such as the general growth of Poland’s economy and consumer spending power, the cost-effectiveness of operating in Poland as compared with the countries of Western Europe, the substantial improvement in transport infrastructure and, finally, the rise of e-commerce volumes translating into increased demand for logistics space. The strength and significance of the distribution and logistics sector has been emphasised even more during the turbulent situation around the COVID-19 pandemic, with the industrial sector being the most resilient real estate sector in Poland and relatively unaffected, as it is fundamental for today’s supply chains and economics.

Despite this high growth rate, which is typically associated with a developing market, the Polish industrial and logistics property market does display some signs of maturity. These can be seen in the increased diversification of available warehouse formats, mostly found in Poland’s largest urban areas and offering various solutions of distribution. However, as a still emerging segment, the urban logistics market in Poland is still somewhat uncharted and lacks an accurate definition.

Therefore, JLL and SEGRO have teamed up with a purpose of providing a holistic overview of the logistics-led urban property market in Poland. In this white paper we aim to define the features of urban logistics facilities, quantify the existing stock and demand, investigate current investor sentiment, and explore the prospects of this to date untested market segment. 

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