AliExpress Intent on Acquiring Land to Build a Logistics Platform in Seville

5 December 2019 – AliExpress, the international subsidiary of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is looking to enter the fray in Europe by acquiring land for a major logistics centre in Spain. Just a year ago, the firm partnered with El Corte Inglés to open its first brick-and-mortar store on the continent, in Madrid. Now AliExpress, whose second-largest overseas market is Spain, is looking to develop a new logistics centre in the metropolitan area of ​​Seville.

The firm is following in the footsteps of its principal competitor, the US behemoth Amazon. AliExpress is now looking to build a 120,000-m2 logistics platform in the Megapark Business Estate, where its rival has a 200,000-m2 facility.

AliExpress’s immediate needs include an approximately 60,000-m2 warehouse, with the possibility of further expansion. Megapark benefits from easy access to rail, road and maritime transport links.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Carlos Pizá de Silva

Photo: Reuters

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Amazon to Build its Seventh European Cloud Computing Centre in Aragon

18 November 2019 – Amazon is set to invest 2.5 billion euros to build its seventh European cloud technology services centre, this time in the Spanish region of Aragon. The American retail giant plans to construct three facilities, called availability zones, with more than 100,000 square meters of surface area, at the Huesca Logistics Platform, in Villanueva de Gállego and El Burgo de Ebro.

Negotiations between Amazon and the Aragon government began more than a year ago through a senior-level working group. The planning application is already at an advanced stage, and the facilities could be operational by 2020.

The sites will host Amazon’s cloud computing services. The availability zones are made up of one or more datacentres equipped with independent power, cooling, and networking. Therefore, the US firm will use the facilities to sell an array of computer services to third parties, including data storage and access to computing power to complete complex calculations.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) expects the project to generate up to 1,500 jobs within ten years, mostly for highly qualified professionals.

Original Story: Heraldo – Chus García

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Goodman to Sell Amazon Logistics Centre Under Development in Seville

17 September 2019 Goodman Real Estate announced that it would sell the huge logistics centre it has under development for Amazon in Seville. The sale of what would be the largest logistics centre in Spain is expected to bring in approximately 200 million euros, providing a return below 4.5%.

Goodman, who has regularly partnered with Amazon, is taking advantage of heightened investor appetite for such assets in Spain due to consumers buying ever more online.

The cost of the development of the logistics centre is expected to reach 100 million euros or more. Goodman commissioned Dragados, the construction arm of the ACS group, to build the centre. The future complex will have a surface area of almost 200,000 square meters, spread over four floors, and should be ready next year.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner