chi-hsa building Demand should remain strong in 2018 for new, highly-automated distribution buildings like this one, developed by Chicago-based HSA Commercial Real Estate.

CHICAGO—The remarkable expansion of e-commerce has been made possible by the high-tech features now common in class A distribution buildings. And consumers’ use of internet shopping will most likely continue growing in 2018 and sustain demand for these modern fulfillment centers.

The market has created roughly 200 million square feet of demand each year for the past few years, and the coming 12 months will almost certainly see something similar.

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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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