CMA CGM Benjamin FranklinThe industrial market is on track to outperform other asset classes in the next recession. According to a report from JLL, the industrial market is stronger this cycle than it was before the Financial Crisis. Additionally, it will likely perform better than other asset classes in the next downturn, even if consumer spending falls. That is largely because industrial facilities have a different drivers than other assets.

“I think the industrial market could be in better shape than other property types going into the next recession,” Paul Sablock, managing director at JLL, tells “While retail depends on physical store sales, and office depends on jobs filling seats, industrial demand is predicated on consumption and getting to the consumer quickly.”

Of course, a recession will put more pressure on industrial assets, and there will be challenges. “These drivers will remain in place, but any recession results in a pull back in demand and softening of fundamentals, so that would likely be the case in L.A. industrial,” says Sablock. “This assessment had been the case in all recessions going back to the late 70’s but this last one it was not.  The last one was the “mother of all recessions” and hopefully this next one, which will occur, will hopefully follow closely to how it had responded in the past.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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