Kansas City Partner Jim Grice was quoted July 24 in Bisnow regarding the role data centers will play in retail as a growing e-commerce industry increases demand for data and cloud storage space. “Online retail generates a need for new applications. The application could be data analytics, online retail e-commerce or some other type of application,” Grice said. Data centers in the U.S. and across the globe absorbed 775 megawatts of energy in the last year alone, an increase of 191.5 MW year over year, with analysts predicting even more appetite for data in the coming two to 10 years.