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Q4 2020
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DCs / Warehousing >>

Supply Chain Execs Respond as Pandemic Creates E-Commerce Surge

Ashfaque Chowdhury, President, Supply Chain – Americas and Asia Pacific, XPO Logistics, Inc. (Q4 2020)
Supply chain executives at XPO Logistics discuss the surge in e-commerce, which is going to play out for a long time to come. More
DCs / Warehousing >>

E-Commerce Growth Surge Sparks a Logistics Free-For-All

Ben Conwell, Senior Managing Director and Practice Leader, eCommerce & Electronic Fulfillment Specialty Practice Group, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q4 2020)
Delivering on consumer demands poses a challenge for real estate and supply chain decision-makers. More
DCs / Warehousing >>

Boom in E-Commerce Creating Workforce Opportunities

Matt Powers, Executive Vice President, Retail/E-Commerce Distribution, JLL (Q4 2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the rise in e-commerce and created opportunities for fulfillment jobs, along with a need for increased automation and training. More
DCs / Warehousing >>

Trends in Industrial Design Accelerated by E-Commerce

Dan MacDavid, Principal, AO Architects (Q4 2020)
Future-proofing, building vertically, and mixed-use product integration are three trends that will shape the design of industrial assets for years to come. More
Features
Construction / Project Planning >>

Attaining a Big-Picture Perspective With a Facility Master Plan

Michael Verdier , Vice President & Market Leader, Integrated Industrial Design (IID), BHDP Architecture (Q4 2020)
Don’t attempt a manufacturing site and facility master plan without these “must haves.” More
Workplace Trends >>

Expanded Incentives Support the Growth in Remote Work

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2020)
Local economies are benefitting from adding new jobs — whether those jobs are performed on-site or remotely — and they are incentivizing them, too. More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

Developing and Executing a Site Selection Game Plan

Taylor Gravois, Principal, CSRS, Inc. (Q4 2020)
After an internal assessment of the company, the location team should focus on key success variables, appropriately weighted, and consult with needed subject matter experts. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

Restarting Delayed Capital Projects

Shawn Buchanan, Vice President/General Manager, Graycor Southern (Q4 2020)
A collaborative approach to re-evaluation of delayed capital projects is in everyone’s best interest. More
Food Processing
Food Processing >>

Workforce: A Primary Ingredient in the Evolution of the Food Industry

Stephen Gray, President & CEO, Gray, Inc. (Q4 2020)
The global pandemic has accelerated changes occurring in the food and beverage industry, with a heightened focus on worker and consumer safety and automation technologies. More
Food Processing >>

Finding the Sweet Spot in Food Plant Location Decisions

David Dixon, President, davidcdixonLLC (Q4 2020)
As new food plant construction continues in 2020, companies must take into account the factors most critical to their bottom line in order to maintain profitability for the life of the facility. More
Food Processing >>

Cold Storage Is Hotter Than Ever

Steve Kozarits, Senior Vice President, Transwestern (Q4 2020)
The Covid-19 pandemic has illuminated challenges and opportunities for both investors and occupiers of cold storage space. More
Life Siences
Biotech / Life Sciences >>

Robust Development Plan Encourages Innovation and Expertise

Lisa Clarke, Executive Director, Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency (Q4 2020)
Venture capital groups are raising money to invest in U.S.- based infrastructure for large-scale bio-therapy manufacturing, the need for which was highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. More
Biotech / Life Sciences >>

How to Navigate the Reshoring of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Darren Jones, John Finan, and Cory Wendt, Baker Tilly US, LLP (Q4 2020)
With global vulnerabilities in the supply chain and the ever-changing landscape of the “new normal,” pharma industry leaders need to have a clear map for the road ahead. More
Biotech / Life Sciences >>

Redevelopment of Space for Booming Life Sciences Firms

Jeff Janicek, Jeff Janicek, Skender (Q4 2020)
As life sciences firms look to ramp up production, many are considering redevelopment of sites formerly put to other uses. More
Departments
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

First Person: Understanding and Investing in Current and Future Talent

Rick Williams, Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics, Michelin North America, Inc. (Q4 2020)
Michelin’s Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics Rick Williams recently answered questions posted to him by Area Development’s editor about fulfilling a company’s workforce needs in these unprecedented times. More
Workforce Training / Education >>

Front Line: Vocational Training Alliances in Tough Times

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2020)
Companies and communities must continue to invest in and destigmatize vocational training in order to bridge the manufacturing skills gap. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

In Focus: The Evolving Role of Outdoor Spaces

Louise Sharp, Design Principal Interior Architecture, HLW (Q4 2020)
Outdoor collaboration zones can provide workers with a sense of safety and return to “normal” in a post-COVID-19 world. More
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Economy / Market Analysis >>

Trends in Office and Industrial Parks

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2020)
Allowing employees to continue to work remotely and possible moves to the less densely populated suburbs are among the factors that will affect corporate real estate in 2021. More
Portfolio Management / CRE >>

Front Line: Climate Change Concerns Begin to Take Center Stage

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2020)
Locations that invest in resilience measures against climate change and catastrophic weather may be more attractive to investors. More
Consultants Forum Insights >>

Aligning Supply Chain with Corporate Social Responsibility

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight (Q4 2020)
Area Development interviewed Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight LLC, at our Houston Consultants Forum. Our discussion covered how companies are devising and meeting their corporate social responsibility commitments. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

Nondisclosure Agreements Best Practices When Negotiating Incentives

Sean P. Byrne, Of Counsel, Vorys, Slater, Seymour and Pease LLP (Q4 2020)
Although a company may want to keep its project information confidential when negotiating incentives, public records laws often require governmental transparency. More

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