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In Focus: Last-Mile Distribution Drives Industrial Demand in Secondary Markets

Ben Newell, Senior Vice President, Logistics Group, Transwestern Development Company (Q3 2019)

Retailers are rethinking their supply chain management and locating closer to the end customer to meet their lightning-fast delivery expectations. More

Defining Key Siting Criteria Will Lead to a Perfect Location Match

Ron Crum, Practice Leader - Industrial Site Selection, CSRS, Inc. and Taylor Gravois, Principal, CSRS, Inc. (Q2 2019)

If site selectors take the time to identify and communicate their key criteria to economic developers — who take the time to listen — the end result will be a perfect match! More

Laying Down the Tracks for Rail-Served Site Selection

Laurence Kahn, Senior Director, Industrial, Franklin Street (Q2 2019)

Area Development sat with Larry Kahn, Senior Director, Industrial, Franklin Street, at our Miami Consultants Forum for a discussion on rail-served site selection and industrial development. More

Site Selection 2020: Riding the Waves of Disruption into the Next Decade

Bradley Migdal, Senior Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q1 2019)

Following our Miami Consultants Forum, Area Development discussed the current and evolving state of the site selection industry and industrial real estate market with Brad Migdal, Senior Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield. More

How LEED Certification Transformed Industrial Development Standards

Randy Thompson, Senior Managing Director, Build-to-Suit Advisory Group, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2019)

Today’s businesses aren't pursuing LEED certifications to the extent that they did in the past because sustainable development is now a given — it’s demanded by the market. More

The Key to Industrial Site Selection? Consumers and Labor

Rob Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Industrial Integrated Portfolio Services , JLL (Q4 2018)

Following our Consultants Forum, Area Development discussed the state of industrial real estate in an evolving world with Rob Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Integrated Portfolio Services, at JLL. More

The Surprising Impact of E-Commerce on Urban Real Estate Markets

Joe Mikes, Head of Real Estate Solutions, Americas, DHL Supply Chain (Q4 2018)

Distribution is moving closer to end customers, and that means more distribution centers in urban environments. More

Due Diligence in Today’s Site Selection World

Sarah White, Director, Quest Site Solutions (Q4 2018)

You’ve made your list — now check it twice for ownership issues and site suitability, as well as workforce and financial considerations. More

For Industrial Development, Rail Is the Gravy Train

Jennifer Harris, Account Director, Akrete (Q3 2018)

Rail development has driven economic opportunity across the United States, opening up new markets and efficiently moving freight. More

In Focus: E-Tail Creating Demand for Urban Warehouses

Joseph Panepinto, Panepinto Properties (Q2 2018)

In order to be close to their target markets, e-retailers are locating warehouses in urban locations and taking advantage of these densely populated areas’ built-in employee bases. More

Is There A Warehouse in Retail Assets’ Future?

Ben Conwell, Senior Managing Director and Practice Leader, eCommerce Advisory Group , Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q4 2017)

Reviving dead malls as warehouses is not as easy as it may seem; they’re more likely to become “lifestyle” destinations or mixed-use complexes. More

Industry Sea Changes Affecting U.S. Shipping Gateways

Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D., Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group, JLL (Q4 2017)

Damage from recent hurricanes could have a ripple effect across U.S. seaports, underscoring the rising demand for more sophisticated industrial real estate and infrastructure. More

In Focus: Doing Business Without Talking — Millennials’ Impact on CRE

Brian Zrimsek, Industry Principal, MRI Software (Q4 2017)

Those involved in corporate real estate are increasingly adopting a digital approach to conducting business. More

Advanced Technologies for the “Connected Age”

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)

With new applications for leading-edge technologies seemingly being developed on an almost daily basis, the eventual implications for business and consumers, and on aspects of daily living, are only just beginning to be understood. More

Supply Change: Why A Modular Approach To Warehousing Could Be The Wave Of The Future

David Frentzel, New Harbor Consultants (Q2 2017)

With the supply chain challenges that companies will inevitably face, the time is now to explore a more varied approach to warehousing. More

How Technology Will Overcome Demographics

Randy Thompson, Senior Managing Director, Build-to-Suit Advisory Group, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2017)

As robotics continue to evolve in both agility and intelligence, the day may come when site selectors can take labor availability out of the location equation. More

Record Demand Brings New Heights and Challenges to Industrial Real Estate Market

Craig Meyer, President, Logistics and Industrial Services Group for the Americas, JLL (Q1 2017)

The continued growth of e-commerce, promised infrastructure upgrades, and new and creative development are some of the trends affecting the industrial real estate market. More

Efficient Pallet Storage in Industrial Warehouse and Distribution Space

Bill Bavagnoli, President, Specialized Storage Systems (Q1 2017)

In order to optimize productivity and profitability of your warehouse, consider product size, the available area, and the method of product retrieval. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #4: Occupancy OR Construction Costs

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2016)

It’s easy to see why occupancy or construction costs are a factor that a lot of people are keeping an eye on...these costs are trending upward. More

Due Diligence Concerns When Choosing Between an Existing Structure or Greenfield Construction

Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor Southern (Q4 2016)

Acquiring an existing structure to house manufacturing operations can seem like a real time- and money-saver to companies. But is it really? More

A “Clean” Phase I Environmental Assessment of Industrial Sites Is Just the Start

Chris Biddle, Beazley Group (Q4 2016)

Environmental Site Assessments typically used to certify that a site is free of contamination from previous uses may leave companies vulnerable to unexpected additional costs for environmental remediation. Additional investigation and protection is merited at industrial sites. 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, VP, Economic and Workforce Development, 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

North America’s Robotics Renaissance Fueled by Skilled Labor

Stephen Thompson, Senior Economic Officer – San Francisco , Ontario's Ministry of International Trade (Q4 2016)

A new generation of collaborative robots is increasing industrial efficiency and productivity while the increasing affordability of advanced robotics technology has the potential to quickly make smaller businesses more competitive. A key to unlocking that potential will be meeting the industry’s need for skilled labor to drive robotics-related research and commercialization. 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

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

In Focus: To Address Energy Goals, Remember the Building Envelope

Darlene Pope, Senior Vice President, JLL Energy and Sustainability Services, JLL (Q3 2016)

A preventative approach from the outside in draws on roofs, walls, and windows to save energy. More

The Importance of Energy and ICT Infrastructure in Site Selection as Cloud Computing Broadens

Larry Gigerich, Managing Director , Ginovus (Q1 2016)

Reliance on a community’s telecom and energy infrastructure has heightened the importance of these factors in the location decision-making process for both the providers and users of cloud computing services and the IoT. More

In Focus: Funding Solar Projects for Commercial Facilities

Megan Birney, Director of Strategic Affairs, Wiser Capital LLC (Q4 2015)

Although companies can reap huge savings from installing solar energy, they may need to employ some creative strategies in order to secure project financing and must also consider the real estate available for such an installation. More

North American Seaport Outlook: Potential Shift in Ports of Call

Area Development Research Desk (Q3 2015)

JLL’s research reveals that, although the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will remain the primary U.S. gateways, Gulf and Eastern Seaboard ports are anticipated to capture even more West Coast discretionary cargo when the new Panama Canal opens next year. More

E-Commerce Development, Industrial Land Pricing, and the “Amazon Effect”

John Morris, SIOR, Industrial Services Lead for the Americas, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. and Ben Conwell, Senior Managing Director and Practice Leader, eCommerce Advisory Group , Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q3 2015)

The emerging information and services market is game-changer for the industrial land market. More

Top Airport Locations for Real Estate Investors

Area Development Research Desk (Q2 2015)

JLL’s Index evaluates airports based on criteria such as availability of industrial and warehousing space, access to large population centers, and air cargo growth prospects. This year’s highest ranked airport is Chicago O’Hare (ORD) with a score of 144.6, followed by Miami (MIA) at 120.9 and Los Angeles (LAX) with a 117.2. More

Creating & Maintaining a Cost-Effective Supply Chain

Curtis Spencer, President, IMS Worldwide, Inc. (Intermodal Sites 2015)

A detailed mapping of the supply chain, locational considerations, and the use of foreign-trade zones can all help to reduce supply-chain costs, while increasing velocity. More

Freight Corridors & Logistics Hubs Shape the Location Decision

Bill Luttrell, Director of Corporate Real Estate, Werner Enterprises, Inc. (Intermodal Sites 2015)

Selecting the optimum site location is now possible and will eventually become easier with advancements in data and technology. Those that truly optimize their location footprint and overall supply chain and embrace forward planning will be the winners. More

Resolve To Keep Up With These Logistics Trends

David Frentzel, New Harbor Consultants (Intermodal Sites 2015)

Yogi Berra was only referring to baseball at the time. However when he allegedly said that watching something was like “déjà vu all over again,” he could just as easily been summing up today’s major logistics trends, because many have a familiar ring to them. More

Planning for Expansion in Secondary Markets

Steve Jaffe, Chief Investment Officer and Principal, BH Properties (Directory 2015)

With increased demand for industrial space in primary markets, expanding or relocating business may find that secondary markets can meet prospective needs while offering financial benefits over core MSAs. More

How a Global Tire Manufacturer Finds the Perfect Match in a Distribution Center Location

Jamie Lominack, Corporate Real Estate Manager, Michelin North America (Directory 2015)

At least 80 percent of the cost of a tire comes from the logistics and transportation of moving that tire through the supply chain – as such, identifying the ideal location for a DC is a crucial process for a global company like Michelin. More

Facilities Management on the Frontier of Service and Technology

Maureen Ehrenberg, Executive Managing Director, Integrated Facilities Management (IFM), JLL (Directory 2015)

Technology has had a major influence on facilities in recent years — affecting everything from where a company needs to locate, to building infrastructure, to space requirements. It has also changed the job description for facility managers, professionals increasingly in short supply. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #2: Highway Accessibility - The Supplier/Market Connection

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

Highway accessibility ranks as the #2 most important factor to corporate executives, certainly reflecting the crucial role of transportation costs and logistical efficiencies in a U.S. and global market with less and less margin for error in the supply chain. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #6: Available Buildings - Can’t Get Much Tighter

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

Now that we are in a clear growth mode, companies seeking industrial, distribution, R&D facilities, and office space increasingly are pressed to find existing buildings that will accommodate their needs. More

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