Ecommerce attracts investment to warehouses in the Northeast

Given the fierce competition between the large marketplaces (Amazon, Mercado Livre, Magazine Luiza and Americanas S.A.), local and national groups invest in distribution centres in the Northeast to meet a structural logistical need in the region. The demand for storage areas soared last year when online sales in the Northeast doubled.

The warehouse sector has been driven both by the need for marketplaces (virtual malls) and large distribution centres - known as "fulfilment". To support the supply chain in the "last mile" stage, smaller groups, mostly local, invest in smaller centres as support.

After opening a distribution centre in Cabo de Santo Agostinho (PE) in 2019, Amazon last week confirmed a second unit about to be opened in Itaitinga (CE). A year ago, Mercado Livre opened its first distribution centre in the Northeast, in Lauro de Freitas (BA), with 60 thousand square meters.

With the investment of undisclosed value, Mercado Livre began making same-day deliveries in Salvador and the following day in Recife, according to Luiz Vergueiro, logistics director at Mercado Livre.