July 11, 2017
Consumers’ expectation for rapid delivery of goods ordered online is highly dependent on the “last mile” of the supply chain. Last-mile fulfillment is essentially the final leg of delivery rather than a literal measurement of distance. But just how close to major population clusters are these last-mile facilities? CBRE Research analyzed the 15 largest metro areas in the U.S. and found that distances range from six miles in the San Francisco Bay Area to nine miles in the Inland Empire (Southern California). Last-mile infrastructure development is still in its early stages and the markets with shorter distances indicate more progress has been made in densely populated urban centers.