[CONTENU PARTENAIRE] E-commerce is booming. Furthermore, urban distribution lacks real estate solutions in the city center to optimize the flow of goods to end customers. Corsalis Logistics Real Estate intends to produce a real estate offer located in the heart of the city, ready to use and dedicated to urban distribution. Established in France and Italy, it aims to overcome the difficulties linked to geographical constraints or delivery problems. Explanations with Remi Golegerassociate director of Corsalis.
1 – What is the genesis of Corsalis Logistics Real Estate?
Fabio Coppo (Deputy Director) and I were previously responsible for industrial real estate for the Carrefour group. Thanks to this experience, we have developed a sensitivity to delivery issues in the city center and the need for specific real estate solutions to manage these flows. A difference from traditional logistics properties, which are usually installed in peri-urban industrial areas.
Corsalis’ idea was naturally nurtured by our cross-sensitivities to retail development, urban environment and logistics solutions. This combination has led us to deploy cross-functional skills across our teams. We forged the conviction that she could be a differentiating element as part of an activity properties dedicated to urban distribution. Therefore, we set up a structure dedicated to these activities and with expertise in all its components.
2 – What do you observe in terms of routing the flow of goods?
Before the pandemic, the context was not what it is today, with the trivialization of e-commerce. However, trends were emerging. we were waiting the growth of e-commerce for food and home delivery. A real challenge. This volume of goods is, in fact, much higher than that associated with the non-food flow.
The challenge was, therefore, to anticipate the physical absorption of this flow of goods in the center of the city. Where consumers would pick them up in peri-urban hypermarkets or small convenience stores. At the time, few economic operators thought they would need this type of real estate solution so quickly. It was still time to optimize historical logistical processes. But the pandemic, the explosion of flows in the city center and the tightening of accessibility restrictions (to preserve a good quality of life within the neighborhoods) accelerated its restructuring and highlighted the importance of real estate solutions adapted to downtown.
3 – Are these logistics solutions based on a specific strategy?
Yes, of course: the creation of an urban and the multiplication of these small logistical areas. Nestled in the heart of neighborhoods, they allow the city’s global flow to be distributed across multiple points, and serve local catchment areas. An operation that is both practical and virtuous, as smooth, low-emission modes of travel can be used for transport and delivery. In addition, it also mechanically brings the operator closer to the end consumer. An added value for the speed of delivery and consequently customer satisfaction; but also the reduction of km traveled per package.
These urban distribution solutions solve the problems of the lack of collection points in the city center and the increasingly strict access conditions, as they are designed for the well-being of residents and pedestrians, housing all flows inside the buildings. They complete the offer already put into practice by the major logistics areas on the outskirts of cities. However, there are still few real estate agents who offer solutions of this type without following the formal request that would be previously expressed by a user.
4 – What is the solution implemented by Corsalis to allow, in this environment, to guarantee an efficient distribution in the city center?
Typically, logistical real estate allows directors to design the buildings. However, in this specific case, we saw that they struggle to express their needs in terms of types of solutions. Corsalis therefore opted for a different approach. We offer them turnkey real estate solutions with quick start-up.
To this end, our real estate offer is based on the conversion, on the reversibility of old commercial or industrial spaces that have been vacant for a long time. We manage its restructuring and transformation, always respecting the space occupied by the asset in its environment. Each logistical solution aims to be perfectly integrated into the physiognomy and well-being of your district.. That’s why we guarantee that the activity carried out inside the premises does not generate any discomfort outside. I am thinking in particular of productive activities, small product transformations, order preparation, micro-storage or transit of goods.
Thus, these urban solutions are robust for users because they are already designed. They comply with new regulations and are accessible by small commercial vehicles or electric scooters and all kinds of smooth mobility solutions.. The actors of urban distribution only need to think about the best way to install their processes there (aggregating specific facilities to an activity, etc.).
5 – Is there a standard real estate solution?
No ! By nature, solutions developed in city centers are very different from each other, in terms of surface, height or location. let’s sayon average, the surfaces of our projects range from 1,000 m² to 2,000 m². However, there are different types of solutions, suitable for different uses. In areas of difficult access, because of pedestrians, the flow is lower. These spaces will only span a few hundred square meters. Refueling can be made there by electric scooter, and deliveries on foot.
Locations may be larger in less isolated neighborhoods. This is the case with our Manufacture de Reuilly project in the 12th arrondissement of Paris (4,600 m²) and in the future, in Lille, where after the conversion, the Filature de Saint-Quentin will extend over 2,300 m². In this case, the upstream flow can be done in utility vehicles. As for the downstream flow, it can be managed in small electric vehicles, tricycles or on foot, depending on the proximity to the end customer.
Corsalis is a new player that offers the implementation of real estate solutions in the heart of neighborhoods, restructuring existing buildings and transforming them into true urban distribution spaces.
The Corsalis offer is located in the main conurbations of France and Italy.
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