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Kansas City Well Positioned for a Strong E-commerce Market

KC Smartport Blog

by Morgan Bell | Oct 06, 2015

In 2014 e-commerce sales reached more than $304 billion and Forrester expects online retail sales in the U.S. to reach $334 billion in 2015. E-commerce is expected to experience a strong compound annual growth rate of 10 percent over the next five years, translating to $480 billion in online sales by 2019. Kansas City is an ideal market for e-commerce growth. So far in 2015, Kansas City SmartPort has assisted ReallyGoodStuff.com and Jet.com with new fulfillment centers.

Both companies decided on a Kansas City location for its proximity to customers. ReallyGoodStuff.com, a school supply e-commerce company, located its 130,000-sq.-ft. fulfillment center at CenterPoint Intermodal in Kansas City, Missouri. Jet.com has taken 225,000 sq. ft. of spec space at Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, Kansas. Jet.com, a membership-based e-commerce startup similar to Amazon, chose Kansas City as one of its three fulfillment center locations.

As consumers continue to shop online and retailers’ demand for e-commerce fulfillment centers grow, Kansas City is well positioned, both in its central location and availability of industrial space, to remain a strong market for a successful e-commerce strategy.