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Logistics / Infrastructure

Frontline: Fourth Industrial Revolution Takes Off, “Localizing” Site Selection Requirements

Dan Emerson (Q1 2017)

The adoption of new technology — in what’s been called “the fourth industrial revolution” — will benefit the entire manufacturing ecosystem. More

In Focus: Has the Moment for Infrastructure Revival Arrived?

Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D., Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group, JLL (Directory 2017)

The United States has indisputably underfunded infrastructure spending for the past several decades, and the lack of investment has been cited as a key constraint to doing business domestically. If Congress aligns with the White House in support of greater infrastructure funding, many states and cities stand to benefit. More

Real Estate Solutions Needed for Tech-Driven Auto Industry

Jeffrey Green, Managing Director, Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield and Paul Thurston, Vice President, Development and Pre-Construction, Becknell Industrial (Directory 2017)

On the verge of an automotive revolution, the CRE industry is working to meet the evolving needs of OEMs and parts suppliers in the middle of a short supply real estate market. More

The Coming Battle Over Infrastructure Funding and Investment

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics (Directory 2017)

The Trump administration’s promise to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure leaves a lot of unanswered questions, but one thing is certain: the work is long overdue and will cost a lot more than the promised $1 trillion investment. More

Location Notebook: Indiana Workforce Initiatives Attract and Retain Industry

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2017)

Indiana is meeting its workforce challenges, while drawing upon its infrastructure and other strengths to attract business. More

Utility Companies: Powerful Economic Development Partners

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC (Directory 2017)

Utility economic development organizations can bring a lot to the table during the corporate location process, especially in terms of technical expertise along with strategic and project-level funding. More

In Focus: 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

Critical Site Selection Factor #10: Energy Availability and Costs

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2016)

Energy availability and costs are important for every project, but especially critical for industries that consume large amounts of energy, such as manufacturing, distribution, and data centers. 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

Frontline: “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, Ph.D., Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group, 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

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