Gateway North industrial Gateway North Business Park is a 20-acre park developed by Conor Commercial Real Estate.

HOUSTON—Last-mile distribution centers–sometimes called “last touch” centers–generally are the final point of distribution for goods before arriving on customers’ doorsteps, though the distance from the distribution center to the customer often is more than a single mile. Last-mile distribution facilities for e-commerce are popping up in close proximity to the population centers of major US cities, creating a foundation for rapid-delivery service that didn’t exist on this scale as recently as a few years ago, according to a new report from CBRE. Some might characterize this as the Amazon effect.