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Logistics / Infrastructure

FDI Creates Symbiotic Relationship With U.S. Suppliers

Jonathan Samford, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Global Business Alliance (Q2 2021)

Area Development’s editor recently asked Jonathan Samford, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at the Global Business Alliance, about the importance of FDI to the U.S. economy and why U.S. workers — as well as U.S. supplier companies — benefit from this investment. More

In Focus: The Effects of the Pandemic on Industrial Design

Richard Clarke, IV, Partner, AO (Q2 2021)

Industrial/logistics design will see a growth spike despite and because of the pandemic. More

Shoring Up Operations for Growth

Jeff Jorge, Principal; International Growth Services Practice Leader , Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and Thane J. Hutcheson, Director, Baker Tilly (Q2 2021)

Both domestic and foreign companies with operations abroad are realigning their supply chains and moving operations closer to the U.S. in order to strategically position themselves for growth. More

Front Line: Infrastructure Upgrades Vital to U.S. Economy

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2021)

A mediocre grade for U.S. infrastructure indicates there’s much work to be done to bring it up to the safe, sustainable level vitally needed for the supply chain and economic growth. More

Mitigate the Risks of Supply Chain Disruption

Scott McCandless , U.S. Trade Policy Leader , PwC and Mark Hermans, Managing Director, PwC (Q2 2021)

There are four steps businesses can take now to prepare proactively for policy changes. More

What’s Driving Record Industrial Real Estate Demand

Jason Tolliver, Managing Director, Investor Services, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2021)

A boom in e-commerce and shifting population densities as well increasing transportation costs are making industrial real estate a “can’t miss.” More

3D Manufacturing and COVID-19

John Hornick, Chief Strategy & Communications Officer, nScrypt (Q1 2021)

The global pandemic may be taking the U.S. back to the days of regional manufacturing, simplifying supply chains and making us more self-sufficient. More

35th Annual Corporate Survey: Effects of Global Pandemic Reflected in Executives’ Site and Facility Plans

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2021)

As expected, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our corporate readers’ location plans and priorities as they increased their resiliency efforts. More

17th Annual Consultants Survey: Consultants Are Optimistic About the Year Ahead

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2021)

Those responding to the Consultants Survey express optimism about their clients’ plans for the year ahead while acknowledging their increased focus on costs and logistics going forward. More

Regional Report: Southeast Ports Expand Capacity

Tom Gresham (Q1 2021)

Southeastern U.S. ports are pursuing aggressive infrastructure expansion projects to accommodate larger vessels and more cargo. More

First Person: A Manufacturer’s Response to Pandemic-Related Challenges

Timothy Knavish, Executive Vice President, PPG (Q1 2021)

Area Development’s editor recently asked PPG’s Tim Knavish — who is responsible for the architectural coatings business in USCA, EMEA, and Asia Pacific regions, the global automotive refinish business, the Latin America region, and the digital and information technology functions — about his company’s response to COVID and important operating concerns. More

Front Line: Reverse Logistics Opportunities, Challenges

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2021)

As online sales have surged so have purchase returns, resulting in reverse logistics challenges for shippers. More

COVID-19 Highlights Distribution and Logistics Sector’s Importance

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (Q1 2021)

Industry helps the nation battle the pandemic while positioning Kentucky for future growth. More

Front Line: Job Creation Through Reshoring

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2021)

Companies are considering reshoring operations for better supply chain management and are creating jobs in the process. More

Editor's Note: Is There a “Better Normal” Ahead?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 2020)

The global pandemic has brought into focus the rise of e-commerce, including in the food and beverage industry, and the importance of the life sciences sector, while also redefining workforce. More

What Should a CFO Know About Investment Opportunities in Latin America

Jeffrey Garza Walker, Senior Vice President, Cresa and Joshua Rodriguez, Vice President, Cresa (Q4 2020)

Jeffrey Garza Walker, Senior Vice President, and Joshua Rodriguez, Vice President, Cresa, spoke with Area Development about the state of cross border investment between the United States, Mexico and Latin America after their presentation at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. More

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

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

Supply Chain Execs Respond as Pandemic Creates E-Commerce Surge

Ashfaque Chowdhury, President, Supply Chain – Americas and Asia Pacific, XPO Logistics, Inc. and Erik Caldwell, President, Last Mile Logistics, 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

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

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

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

Cold Storage Is Hotter Than Ever

Steve Kozarits, Senior Vice President, Transwestern and Lori Zuck, Managing Director, Transwestern (Q4 2020)

The Covid-19 pandemic has illuminated challenges and opportunities for both investors and occupiers of cold storage space. More

Why are Foreign Trade Zones Making a Comeback?

Curtis Spencer, President, IMS Worldwide, Inc. (Q3 2020)

Area Development interviewed Curtis Spencer, President, IMS Worldwide Inc., at our Houston Consultants Forum. Our discussion covered how companies can leverage foreign trade zones to mitigate the impact of tariffs on their bottom line. More

In Focus: An Evolving Last Mile

Steve Backman, Founder and Partner, BH DevCo and Tracy Hammer, Founder and Partner, BH DevCo (Q3 2020)

The landscape of industrial last-mile facilities and distribution centers is expanding and diversifying. More

First Person: Effects of the Global Pandemic on Company Supply Chains

Bryan Jensen, Executive Vice President & Chairman of the Board, St. Onge Company (Q3 2020)

In light of the global pandemic and subsequent rise in e-commerce, companies are re-examining their supply chains, inventories, and necessary warehouse/distribution space. More

Infrastructure Investment as an Economic Stimulus Tool

Tom Gresham (Q3 2020)

Investing in the nation’s infrastructure can provide an immediate economic boost and create jobs, but its greatest value lies in supporting economic competitiveness over the long term. More

How are Uncertain Times Altering Company Location Strategies?

David Hickey, Managing Director, Hickey & Associates (Q3 2020)

The pandemic’s effect on workforce, supply chain, and government support will affect your company’s location decisions, increasing risks while also presenting new opportunities. More

Site Selection 2020: The Importance of “Regional Depth” with Global Reach

Doug Rasmussen, President & CEO, Steadfast City Economic & Community Partners (Q3 2020)

A location that can accommodate both a company’s logistics and talent supply chains will enhance its prospects for long-term viability and growth. More

A Heightened Focus on Reshoring

Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor Southern (Q3 2020)

As costs and risks of lengthy supply chains become even more apparent in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more U.S. companies may consider reshoring their operations to the Americas. More

Kentucky Uniquely Positioned to Prosper Post-Pandemic

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (Q2 2020)

Kentucky's strength in manufacturing and logistical advantages are helping the state to not only recover from the pandemic crisis, but also further expand its economy. More

Global Investment In – and Within – North America

Marc Beauchamp, President & CEO, CAI Global (Q2 2020)

Marc Beauchamp, President and CEO, CAI Global Group, spoke with Area Development about recent Canadian and international investment projects in the U.S. from a site selection perspective after his presentation at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. More

A “Now, Next, Later” Approach for Dealing with Pandemic Challenges

Kate Crowley, Principal,  Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and Jeff Jorge, Principal; International Growth Services Practice Leader , Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Q2 2020)

The coronavirus pandemic is driving companies to focus on near-term survival and long-term supply chain changes. More

Supply Chain Growth in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America

Jeffrey Garza Walker, Senior Vice President, Cresa and Joshua Rodriguez, Vice President, Cresa (Q2 2020)

Jeffrey Garza Walker, Senior Vice President, and Joshua Rodriguez, Vice President, Cresa, spoke with Area Development about opportunities for relocation, investment and supply chain extension in Latin America after their presentation at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. More

Risk Management, Enhanced Communication Needed in Post-Pandemic Environment

Jeffrey Garza Walker, Senior Vice President, Cresa (Q2 2020)

Companies must proactively incorporate redundancy, safety, and communication into their operations. More

Front Line: Inland Ports Spur Distribution Growth

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2020)

Locations in the middle part of the country provide an alternative to coastal seaports while providing quick intermodal connections to the nation’s interior. More

Ensuring Business Continuity While Focusing on Accelerating Automation

Catalina Valencia, Principal, Terrafinder Consulting, LLC (Q2 2020)

In the face of current risks, business will focus on supply chain resiliency, accelerating automation, and increased investments in telecommunications and renewable energy. More

Resiliency of Supply Chains & Post-Pandemic Opportunities for FDI

Mark Simmons, Principal, Parker Poe Consulting and Morgan Crapps, Principal, Parker Poe Consulting (Q2 2020)

The current pandemic crisis has brought supply chain risks to the forefront; consequently, foreign companies may want to localize production to the U.S. if they wish to serve the American market. More

The Future of Manufacturing Site Selection is Connected

Catalina Valencia, Principal, Terrafinder Consulting, LLC (Q2 2020)

Area Development interviewed Catalina Valencia, Founding Principal, Terrafinder Consulting, at the 2019 Area Development Women in Economic Development Forum in Chicago about the future of site selection for heavy industry. More

How Is the Pandemic Affecting Location Decisions in the Food & Beverage Industry?

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (Q2 2020)

Unpredictable supply chain, labor shortages, and changes in consumer preferences are just some of the trends brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. More

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