The total amount of e-commerce transacted in China every year is the equivalent of all the online sales from the US and Japan combined1. And the latter two economies have high rates of internet penetration, whereas only one-in-two people in China have online access2.
It’s a startling statistic that demonstrates the opportunities in e-commerce in China, not just for retailers, but for everyone along the supply chain from manufacturers to delivery companies.
Annual spending online in China, which is currently at US$450 billion, is forecast to grow at a compound rate of 16 per cent over the next few years, taking total sales volume to more than US$800 billion by 20213.
At the heart of this growth is the rise in disposable income in China. In the major cities, household income per capita is forecast to increase at a 6.5 per cent compound annual growth rate over the next decade. In the tier two cities, that pace is expected to reach 8.2 per cent4.
The Chinese government understands the opportunity. Back in 2013 it launched its One Belt, One Road initiative. It is a massive spending project to develop infrastructure, from roads and railways to distribution centres and delivery vehicles across more than 65 countries. The initiative, which was later renamed The Belt and Road Initiative, has massive economic benefits for China and surrounding economies.
One sector already benefitting from the combination of e-commerce in China and The Belt and Road Initiative is logistics property. The surging demand to ship goods has put pressure on the logistics capabilities of the region. Property trusts are buying into sites with e-commerce-related tenants to fill the void. China, Hong Kong and Singapore are key logistics markets in the region.
The eventual winners in the market will be property trusts with exposure to the key markets, high quality management and good locations. Being a first mover in some regions will be beneficial, and for Australian companies, that can depend on partners in the region.
Australian investors can capitalise on this growth opportunity through real estate investment trusts (REITs), such as the AMP Capital Global Property Securities Fund, which is an active ETF trading on the Australian Stock Exchange.
1,2,3,4 Mapletree Logistics Trust, Strategic expansion in the attractive China logistics market, May 2018
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