In Focus: How 3-D Printing Will Impact the Supply Chain and Commercial Real Estate

The invention of 3-D printing is arguably one of the most disruptive recent technological advancements, although its potential is far from fully realized. Much of the focus now is on how the technology can be applied to different industries, from medicine to food to auto parts; but the implications go even further — to the supply chain and, by extension, commercial real estate development.

The E-Commerce Effect

To understand how changes to the supply chain impact commercial real estate, consider e-commerce. Amazon is experimenting with same-day delivery in select cities, which is part of a broader strategy to shorten the time it takes to deliver goods to customers and compete head-to-head with brick-and-mortar retailers. As a result, the company’s distribution centers are being located closer to major population centers.

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