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Warehousing is going through a rough patch. Can it bounce back? E-commerce will decide.

Following the viral outbreak, sectors that were already reeling from a slowdown, have deferred plans to invest in warehousing. E-commerce and retail have provided some relief, but the warehousing industry is expected to remain subdued for a couple of quarters. What are the chances of it bouncing back when the situation becomes normal?
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Workers sort products prior to their dispatch to customers at the warehouse of a furniture and appliance-rental company in Bengaluru. Getty Images
Workers sort products prior to their dispatch to customers at the warehouse of a furniture and appliance-rental company in Bengaluru.
What you resist, persists. If it is India’s warehousing sector we are talking about, add “and then some”. The January-March quarter was already looking grim for warehousing companies when the coronavirus struck. The real-estate business, of which warehousing is a part, has been languishing for years now because of a liquidity crunch and a slowdown in consumption. Warehousing,
large part of the warehousing growth in India, and the investments in this sector, were driven by the long-term growth potential. “So, there was a shift towards quality warehousing and consolidation. But if the overall economy slows down, e-commerce will be impacted as well,” says Aloke Bhuniya, CEO at industrial real-estate platform Ascendas Firstspace. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)
What you resist, persists. If it is India’s warehousing sector we are talking about, add “and then some”. The January-March quarter was already looking grim for warehousing companies when the coronavirus struck. The real-estate business, of which warehousing is a part, has been languishing for years now because of a liquidity crunch and a slowdown in consumption. Warehousing, large part of the warehousing growth in India, and the investments in this sector, were driven by the long-term growth potential. “So, there was a shift towards quality warehousing and consolidation. But if the overall economy slows down, e-commerce will be impacted as well,” says Aloke Bhuniya, CEO at industrial real-estate platform Ascendas Firstspace. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)

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