It’s no surprise many developers are finding it more difficult to find space for new warehouses in our increasingly crowded and expensive cities. One solution they’ve come up with is to build up. The world’s largest warehouse owner, Prologis Inc., will be starting construction next year on a three-floor 580,000-square-foot warehouse just outside downtown Seattle. This multistory warehouse will need a freight elevator to carry each truck to its designated location in the warehouse and may just usher in the age of the freight elevators in Delaware.

The sales tax-free state is not only good for incorporating your business, but Delaware has become one of the “go to” places for distribution and fulfillment centers because of its close proximity to New York. Many American retailers keep their warehouses in New York as a result of the international airport for package distribution from suppliers. New York also boasts one of the largest retail sectors on the East Coast. Unfortunately, there is a severe space shortage for buildings resulting in migration to surrounding states like Delaware.

As multistory warehouses catch on, the instance of freight elevators will also steadily rise, especially in Delaware. A freight elevator uses the same technology as a normal elevator but is designed to carry cargo, not people. Freight elevators can carry infinitely larger amounts of weight (we’re talking tons) to its designated location. This way if you have a toy distribution center on the first floor, a sports equipment distribution center on the second floor, and a furniture distribution store on the third floor, all you need to do is take up the trucks for each floor, load or unload them and head back down rather than unloading the trucks and possibly inadvertently delivering to the wrong floor.

While there’s plenty of space available in rural and suburban areas, the demand for increasingly fast delivery from customers and the growth in ecommerce sales while undoubtedly mean in increase in freight elevators in Delaware as more and more developers turn to multistory warehouses.