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Logistics / Infrastructure

Foreign-Trade Zones: The Best, Zero-Cost Incentive for Your Business

Curtis Spencer, President, IMS Worldwide, Inc. (Q2 2022)

FTZs can bring in millions of dollars in additional profits and cost very little to maintain relative to the investment. More

Rail Gains Advantage Amidst Supply Chain Snarls

Rich Thompson, International Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, JLL (Q2 2022)

Rail lines, which link international cargo gateways to U.S. population centers, offer companies a cost-effective, sustainable transportation option. More

36th Annual Corporate Survey: Executives Focus on Labor, Energy, Shipping Costs

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2022)

A tight labor market, supply chain challenges, and rising costs have resulted in some surprising changes in corporate respondents’ location priorities. More

18th Annual Consultants Survey: Access to Major Markets and Skilled Labor Are Clients’ Primary Concerns

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2022)

Supply chain considerations, the shortage of skilled workers, and a lack of industrial space are top of mind for their clients, according to consultants responding to our annual survey. More

Supply of Warehouse Space Yet to Meet Demand

A.J. Washeleski, Business Development, Kirco Manix (Q1 2022)

A lack of warehouse space in growth markets — driven by the surge in e-commerce — is being exacerbated by a scarcity of building materials and their skyrocketing costs. More

How to Choose a 3PL Warehouse Provider

Will Schneider, Founder, WarehousingAndFulfillment.com (Q1 2022)

Given the complexity of the 3PL selection process, it is imperative to begin with a thoroughly planned strategy. More

In Focus: Redefining the “Smart” in Smart Cities

Karen Lightman, Executive Director, Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University (Q1 2022)

Emerging robotics and AI technologies can help meet critical goals of connectivity, equity, and sustainability. More

Location Factors for Cell and Gene Therapy Companies

Catherine Scangarella , Chief Business Development Officer, Choose New Jersey (Q4 2021)

The rise of cell and gene therapy (CGT) demands a strong supply chain, manufacturing operations, and specialized talent. More

No Easy Fix for Supply Chain Struggles

Thomas Galvin, Research Manager, Transwestern (Q4 2021)

Labor shortages intertwined with other supply chain issues are creating gridlock at the nation’s ports. More

Front Line: Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Digitization

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2021)

Although the pandemic accelerated growth in e-commerce, will companies continue to increase their investment in digital technologies? More

Front Line: Infrastructure Investment Faces Hurdles

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2021)

Projects funded by the infrastructure bill are projected to create nearly a million jobs — but filling those jobs may present a challenge. More

The Next Generation of Cold Chain Logistics

Brian Chatham, Project Manager; Jeremy Klysen, Business Development Manager; Joseph Scovronski, Senior Architect; Burns & McDonnell (Q4 2021)

In order to meet consumer demand for fresh food delivery, food processing and distribution companies are expanding cold chain logistics and automation systems. More

Supply Chain Bottlenecks Creating New “Logistical Hotspots”

Grant Miller, Partner, Colliers International and Don Moss, Partner, Colliers International (Q3 2021)

Among the forces rapidly transforming supply chains is the acceleration in e-commerce, along with recent weather events, tight labor markets, and land constraints. More

Front Line: U.S. Supply Chains Face Critical Stage

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2021)

The pandemic accelerated the reexamination of U.S. supply chains, and a new report sets out a path for addressing vulnerabilities. More

Canada’s Diversity and Positioning Is Promising

Marc Beauchamp, President & CEO, CAI Global (Location Canada 2021)

Although the pandemic caused FDI to slow, with its diverse workforce, Canada is experiencing a surge in Industry 4.0 projects and may benefit from U.S. firms nearshoring their supply chains. More

Preparing for Launch of an Aerospace Business

Josh Foerschler, Aerospace, Defense and Space Lead, Burns & McDonnell (2021 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Aerospace startups, even more so than other companies, benefit from a holistic approach to planning and site selection. More

Editor's Note: Navigating the New and Improved Economic Landscape

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2021)

Businesses need to navigate many changes in the economic landscape post-pandemic, including growth in remote work, an increased focus on workforce diversity, as well as realignment of their supply chains. More

A New Approach to Energy Savings for Your Next Manufacturing Plant

Kris Hopkins, Vice President, Business Development , Greylock Midstream (Q2 2021)

“There’s a pipeline five miles away, so access to natural gas won’t be a problem… right?” More

A Turnkey Approach to Manufacturing Location Decisions

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2021)

Taking a project from site selection through process design and construction to commissioning with a turnkey approach will help a manufacturer ensure its long-term operational success. More

Latest Trends in the Industrial Real Estate Sector Here to Stay

John Dettleff, Senior Managing Director, Brokerage, JLL (Q2 2021)

The industrial real estate sector is experiencing a complete transformation brought about by changes in the retail sector, warehouse design, and supply chains. 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

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

Shoring Up Operations for Growth

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

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

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

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

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