chi-AllPoints_Midwest_Bldg-6-380-380 (3) AllPoints Midwest Building 6, a 936,510-square-foot building in Plainfield, IN, built by a joint venture of Duke Realty and Browning Investments. It was recently purchased by Kohl’s.

CHICAGO—The expansion of e-commerce has transformed the US industrial market in ways large and small, and fueled a remarkable expansion that has already outlasted any other in the post WW II-era. Many investors and developers have begun to wonder just how much longer this stupendous growth can continue. But most seem to agree that the nation’s supply chain still needs a lot of work to make it compatible with the needs of e-commerce, and that means there is every likelihood that this expansion will continue for a relatively long stretch, even if a few cracks have begun to appear.

“Vacancy has ticked up around two one-hundredths of a percent,” Jack Rosenberg, Colliers International’s national director, logistics and transportation, tells “So that raises a few questions.” And even though positive absorption throughout Southern CA is “off the charts,” leasing is a little slow in industrial powerhouses like Dallas and Atlanta, at least compared to the historic numbers put up in recent years. Furthermore, in the Chicago region, there are currently four one million square foot buildings available.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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