Warehouses: keys to selecting, renting and adapting this industrial space in 2021

The current state of the ships for rent varies between the 13 main industrial zones in Mexico of this real estate market. In the northern border (Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez), there is a shortage of class A spaces due to high demand, so exit prices are high (1).

In the Saltillo and Querétaro area, this activity has slowed down and, therefore, prices have dropped. In the areas of Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City , very representative for this market, a stability in the continuity of the rent, despite the vacancy (1).

Of course, the policies as a result of the pandemic have slowed down the progress in the construction of this type of property, which has not allowed the development of new options and locations.

It is very important to consider that leasing an industrial-type warehouse offers greater benefits than buying, since it allows you to reduce operating costs, have more flexibility when changing location, depending on the type of contract, increase the space in other operating branches and even apply for tax exemption (1).

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The selection of a warehouse depends on whether you are changing location, expanding your territory or starting in this industrial sector. Para cualquiera de estos escenarios debes tomar en cuenta lo siguiente (1) (2):

1) Measure the investment. Consider whether it is best to buy, rent or build, based on your numbers and growth forecasts. We recommend considering renting as the main option to avoid spending a large amount of money and, in this way, evaluating the results and benefits of the property and the location.

With this return to activities, it is essential to take care of and calculate the investments to take firm and strong steps in the process of economic return.

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The warehouses are fundamental spaces for any industrial activity that requires loading and unloading of merchandise, in addition to the coordination of large-scale commercial operations.

2) Rate the location. It is very important to be close to urban areas and the strategic center of your sector, which allows you to be close to services, supplies, suppliers, clients and even the competition, which can represent valuable alliances and status for the industrial sector in the that you perform.

For that you must know the main industrial zones as technological references and in trend. In the Vallejo Industrial Zone you will find a perspective of transformation and economic and productive strategy at another level, in the region.

3) Calculate the type and size of the ship. It is very important to consider not only the current state of your business or project, but also to make a forecast of the growth perspective you have in the short, medium and long term, so that you choose a place that meets those expectations.

Once you check that everything is in order and works correctly with that provider, you can extend the rental time. This will also give stability to your business not only to temporarily solve the need for a space, but also to project it to your customers and suppliers with the location you will have.

It is important to review the characteristics of the ship according to the type: class A or B.

With those of class A you will have the assurance that they comply with international standards to prevent risks when operating the place, since they have areas for offices, fire tanks, independent transformers, among other important elements.

In addition to being a space where air circulates correctly, there are platforms equipped and with services such as drinking water, electricity or gas. These types of buildings are in safe and well-maintained areas.

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4) Take into account the characteristics of the ship. In addition to this, it is important that the space has the highest possible height to stow products, in addition to optimizing the control of inventories and loads. In this sense, vertical storage is more functional than horizontal storage.

Another element is the space between columns that, the more distance they have, the more storage will be and there will be fewer interruptions. The ideal is 18 x 22 meters.

It is also important that the floor is made of concrete with a considerable thickness: in the case of retail or ecommerce , the measurement is 15 centimeters with a resistance of 5 tons per square meter.

This is very important, since depending on your activity and purpose of occupying the property, you must consider some technical elements to avoid risks and damages, such as fractures, in the areas of greatest concentration.

On the other hand, platforms and ramps are fundamental elements for the dispatch and rapid loading of operations, in addition to facilitating the loading and unloading of units. The suggestion is that there be one platform for every thousand square meters. The inclusion of these items in the rent should be reviewed with the provider.

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The operation and movement spaces are essential in the ships to give agility to the transfer of merchandise to the interior and exterior of the property.

A last element is the space of the maneuvering yard, which is essential to facilitate movements within the roads of the place, in order to avoid setbacks.

The commercialization of industrial buildings reached 2.6 million square meters, from January to September 2020, which includes renovations and pre-leases (3).

5) Rcheck the roads and transport. It is necessary to think not only about the internal distribution of the place and its equipment, but also about accessibility for workers, suppliers, end customers and other collaborators, since it will allow you to be an economic, productive and strategic center, in relation to the costs that It represents mobilizing human and industrial equipment.

In addition, connectivity is very important in order to reduce the times and costs for the layout of deliveries, so we suggest you be close to the entrances and exits of the city or cities where you provide your services.

6C Consider the total expenses. In this sense, calculate the cost of the rent plus the services or maintenance that you must pay in the facilities, if necessary.

Also, foresee if you must invest in conditioning, in terms of infrastructure, supply, security circuits (due to the insurance issue) and specific repairs (especially with covers).

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7) Check the regulations and certificates of the area. We suggest that you examine this point to ensure that everything is in order with respect to municipal, urban planning (construction quality) and energy indications, if applicable, according to the area and type of activity that can be carried out. This will ensure greater peace of mind and support for your business.

8) E xamines the security infrastructure. At this point it is very important to consider security both outside and inside, since we are talking about a property where both high-value personnel and equipment are concentrated.

That is why it is suggested that the warehouse be located in an industrial park, that is, be in an area of the same sector, with 24/7 security, in addition to having controlled and fenced access.

Inside the building it is very important to have telecommunications, water, gas, electricity and fire fighting systems.

9) Review the contract in detail. It is always important to take the time to review each clause and resolve any doubts that may arise, since real estate contracts can vary in duration (from short to long term) and the commitment that is acquired is important for both parties. Check and negotiate with your provider, if necessary.

It is also important that you seek do not fall into the following mistakes when evaluating a property for rent (1):

• Give preference to price over quality, since a cheaper property can compromise the status of your products, deliveries and your business reputation. That is why it is necessary to fully evaluate the project and assess the price based on the characteristics and guarantees it offers you.

• Some insurance policies do not cover or charge a much higher price If the location of your storage property is not in an area that is considered safe, since the security filters and the area can increase the chances of suffering an incident.

• Never dispense with security systems. It is not worth saving them, since you can have an accident due to the type of material you keep or, it may even happen that the adjoining warehouses (in case you are located in an industrial park) have flammable or dangerous products, which end up causing an incident where your merchandise is compromised and you have to cover the expenses yourself.

All these details can be resolved by resorting to professional providers in the real estate field. On Vallejo Properties we are located in two of the most important industrial zones in the center of the country: Industrial Vallejo , in Mexico City, and the municipality of Tultitlan in the State of Mexico. Remember that we work with custom projects or Built to Suit.

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Cleaning, lighting and ventilation of all areas in industrial buildings is essential to comply with the health regulations of these spaces.


The main points on the subject of cleaning and disinfection of this type of space , either internally or with an external provider, are (4):

• Periodically disinfect warehouses and vehicles , in addition to common areas and furniture, and to treat the management and disposal of industrial waste in an optimal way.

• Use authorized viricidal disinfectants or other types of procedures , for better results, such as spraying, misting, or ultraviolet light.

• Take hygiene and prevention measures with workers: gel, hydroalcohol, mats, separation between sections, use of face masks.

• Put up informational posters as a reminder of uses and rules within the place, in the face of collaborators, clients and suppliers.

• Communicate measures and suggestions frequentlyfor mail , as well as cleaning protocols and staggered work.

The Metropolitan Area of Mexico City increased its inventory by more than 90 thousand square meters (3), considering Tultitlán and Cuautitlán as the municipalities with the greatest increase in work.

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Retomar las actividades industriales le dará un nuevo empuje económico a los ámbitos que realizan sus operaciones en naves

Ships: keys and perspectives 2021

Some of the main changes and perspectives in the industrial buildings sector , as a result of the pandemic and its influence at the health, economic and productive level, are (5):

• The rise of electronic commerce changed the dimensions of industrial spaces: the floor footage for retail stores decreased and storage services increased, with heights beyond the usual ones.

• The demand in the substantial improvement of times, costs and processes to offer flexibility in different operations, such as returns, immediate delivery, efficient supply, optimization of the last Mille and personalized attention at an industrial and commercial level.

• Massive data collection for automation and efficiency of strategic decisions, by means of intelligent tools and the processing of the big data , especially at the client portfolio level and new business opportunities that allow quick and efficient decisions to be taken.

• Influence of technology and the internet to improve spaces at the level of maintenance, safety and efficiency, with sensors and augmented reality, to promote the spaces in a 360 way.

In addition to the use of blockchain for the signing of contracts safely and with continuous monitoring. It is also important to use the big data for the traceability of health and cases of contagion in buildings, taking into account that it is also useful in detecting opportunities in commercial supply and demand.

• The digitization of procedures for supply chains and customs management , which facilitates the distribution of food and essential supplies.

• The culture of governance with care for the environment and social responsibility (with saving water, energy, waste management and quality experience with customers), to create a greater reputation and value of assets and acquisitions in the face of creditors, suppliers, shareholders and customers, taking into account the community in the that the ship, park or industrial zone is located.

In the first 9 months of the year, the distribution of the demand for industrial buildings was: 34% logistics, 26% manufacturing, 15% ecommerce and 10% automotive (3).

With this recovery outlook, it is very important to regain control in the production and supply chains , to set the new course for industry, employment and consumption in a more optimal way and in line with these times.

One last tip when renting an industrial space is to think about it in terms of the scalability of your business: how the space can be adjusted according to the expansion of your project or how, even, you can pay for it to continue growing.

This plan must be very well grounded so that the rental of a ship is the starting point in your large-scale industrial project.

For every billion dollars in sales in the ecommerce , an additional storage space of 120 thousand square meters is required (6).

On Vallejo Properties you can count on our industrial infrastructure to expand your company, optimizing time and costs with properties equipped and located in strategic areas of the CDMX and the State of Mexico. We offer you a 25% discount on your rent for the first six months, if you are a new customer. Visit our real estate catalog and get in touch with us.

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1. Alicia Mendoza. 12 recommendations before renting an industrial warehouse. The Logistics World, 2020. Retrieved May 12, 2021.

2. BAHN. 10 basic tips for selecting an industrial warehouse. BAHN, s / f. Retrieved May 12, 2021.

3. Frontier Industrial. Rent of industrial buildings maintains dynamism in the ‘new normal’. Frontier Industrial, 2020. Retrieved May 13, 2021.

4. Pere Masachs. Tips for cleaning and disinfection of industrial buildings due to COVID-19. Masachs, 2020. Retrieved May 12, 2021.

5. Claudia Ávila. Industrial parks in an age of uncertainty. Inmobiliare, 2020. Retrieved May 14, 2021.

6. Liz Cervantes. Construction of industrial warehouses increases 120.85% in Mexico City. The CEO, 2020. Retrieved May 13, 2021.

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