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Logistics / Infrastructure

Digital Transformation in the Manufacturing Sector

Ben Grinnell, Managing Director, North Highland (Directory 2017)

To drive market gains in today’s rapid pace of digitization, organizations must move decisively to align technology and digital with strategy and culture, choosing continuous improvement, agility, automation and transparency over business-as-usual. More

Editor's Note: Food Processors’ Grow Sales, Overcome Challenges

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (2016 Food Processing)

New safety regulations, shifting consumer preferences, and finding the right talent are just some of the challenges food processors are facing as their sales continue to grow. More

Maintaining the “Cold Supply Chain” From Manufacturer to Consumer

Elise Couston, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (2016 Food Processing)

Having a food defense plan helps suppliers, distributors, and operators maintain the safety of the food products they handle, as well as helping protect everyone’s business. More

Optimizing Food Processors’ Supply Chain Strategies

Jim Arnold, Executive Vice President–Sales and Operations, Supply Chain, XPO Logistics (2016 Food Processing)

The right distribution center (DC) site selection strategy for food and beverage companies can optimize their entire supply chain. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #2: Highway Accessibility

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2016)

It is, of course, no coincidence that nearly all of the nation’s biggest manufacturing facilities and distribution centers can be found alongside major highways. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #8: Proximity to Major Markets

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2016)

With the ever-growing passion for faster customer delivery, proximity to major markets is becoming an increasingly important site selection factor. More

Trucking Industry Challenges Impact Costs, Productivity

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2016)

Trucking companies are facing numerous regulations, an aging workforce and tightening conditions for hauling capacity, all of which will have a significant impact on corporate supply chains. More

Creatively Optimizing the Supply Chain to “Own” the Last Mile

Rich Thompson, International Director and Leader, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, JLL (Q4 2016)

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, companies need to be innovative and nimble in facing the last-mile, same-day delivery challenge head on. More

Where Automation in Warehousing Could Be Most Felt

Joshua Wright, Director of Marketing and PR, Emsi (Q4 2016)

It doesn’t get as much media attention as self-driving cars and trucks, but automation has already arrived in the warehousing industry. And it soon could be much more commonplace. More

A Transformative Project of Scale in California

Adam Wasserman, Managing Partner, GLDPartners (Q4 2016)

Despite its many challenges, California — which ranks as the world’s sixth-largest economy — and its often overlooked Central Valley offer many opportunities for manufacturing and distribution investment. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee A Growing Hub for Logistics

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q3 2016)

With an already powerful industry cluster and a strong multimodal transportation infrastructure, Tennessee’s transportation / distribution / logistics sector continues to add jobs and investment. More

Front Line: “Smart Cities” Use Technology & Data to Improve Citizens’ Lives

Dan Emerson (Q3 2016)

The DOT has awarded a grant to Columbus, Ohio, so that the city can employ numerous “smart mobility” technologies that will help improve citizens’ lives, with the added benefit of showcasing the city to the tech community. More

Intermodal Continues to Revolutionize Logistics and Industrial Real Estate Strategies

Walter Kemmsies, Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, PAGI, JLL and Ali Rezvani, Moffatt & Nichol’s Commercial Services Group (Q3 2016)

Growing Intermodal volumes are promoting investments by port authorities in inland ports and by railroads in logistics centers. More

Frontline: Cities Pledge to Reduce and Track Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

With the formation of the Compact of Mayors, cities worldwide are preparing GHG inventories for buildings and transport and hope to link this data to development priorities. More

Foreign Investors Connect to the World from Canada

Bill Luttrell, Senior Locations Strategist, Werner Global Logistics, Werner Enterprises (Location Canada 2016)

Canada’s logistics infrastructure and trade connections can be quite beneficial to foreign investors and shippers. More

Aerospace Industry Costs "Disrupted" by Economic Development Partnerships

Jeff Troan, Principal, Hickey & Associates, LLC (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

As competition for aerospace investment and jobs heats up, economic developers are increasingly offering tax relief, infrastructure and financial support, and workforce partnerships. More

Location Trends in the Aerospace Industry

Frank Spano, Managing Director, Austin Consulting and Susan Riffle, Manager of Communications, The Austin Company (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

A natural geographical shift, lean supply chain management, and a new approach to incentives offerings are influencing aerospace companies’ location decisions. More

Automotive Manufacturing Goes Digital

Christian Boehler, Principal, Roland Berger (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

The automotive industry’s survival depends on digital factories, which can unleash 10 to 20 percent cost savings in production. More

Improving the Commute - and Economic Development - With BRT

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2016)

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) offers communities many advantages, but systems across the nation have met with varied measures of success. More

Building a Sustainable Supply Chain

Lily Russell, Founder, Explain the Chain and Mariana Souza, Consultant (Q1 2016)

Sustainable supply chain best practices can build upon site selection goals to reduce costs, mitigate risk, and increase speed to market. More

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