Amazon are the first major warehouse user to say they will re-think their warehouse needs not in traditional square feet, but in cubic feet.
The online retailer, now the largest warehouse occupier in the U.K. has already adapted warehouses to take advantage of high eaves heights. At their new East Midlands Gateway site a 500,000 sq ft unit is seeing two mezzanine floors inserted to provide 1.3m sq ft of space, ready for operation by April 2019. This follows similar moves at their Manchester Airport fulfilment centre and elsewhere in the U.K. and U.S.
Amazon is considering changing the way it measures its warehouses, using cubic feet instead of square feet more widely, Property Week reports.
Brian Olsavsky, Amazon’s chief finance officer, told analysts that the change would allow the company to see the volume of space at its sites rather than just the size.