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E-commerce Evolution: Considerations for Commercial Real Estate

Although businesses first began conducting electronic transactions via computer networks as early as the 1960s, e-commerce — defined as the buying and selling of goods and services over the Internet — truly began in the mid 1990s. This publication identifies and describes the foundational elements of this new way of shopping and shipping, and poses key questions for commercial real estate professionals working in this realm.

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2013 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey  

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Is your salary and bonus package competitive? Find out with the 2013 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey.

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Innovations in Marketing  

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Is your building being marketed for lease in the "old school" way - signs, flyers, brochures? Learn how to take full advantage of the latest technology in order to broaden your market reach and accelerate your leasing.

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E-commerce Evolution — Element 3: Changing Supply Chains

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E-commerce is forcing both retailers and transportation/logistics companies to make significant changes to their respective supply chains — the way goods are moved from manufacturers to retailers and consumers. According to Retail Systems Research (RSR), a retailer seeking to increase its e-commerce presence faces three key challenges.

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E-commerce Evolution — Element 1: The Internet and Mobile Devices

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The retail conversation has moved beyond brick-and-mortar versus online sales. No matter where they make a purchase, many people now get their first impression of a retailer from its Internet presence.

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U.S. Companies Mull Near-Sourcing, by AlixPartners

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The U.S. is becoming increasingly attractive as a place to source manufacturing, putting it ahead of Mexico as the preferred near-sourcing location. The latest AlixPartners Reshoring/Nearshoring Executive Survey and Outlook found, for the first time in its four-year history, that the U.S. “has surpassed Mexico as the preferred location for either the reshoring or nearshoring of previously-offshored manufacturing for U.S. consumption.”

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E-commerce Evolution — Element 2: Multichannel and Omnichannel Retailing

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The retail industry is continuously integrating its physical and online presences to keep up with technology and consumer shopping preferences, as today’s physical and digital storefronts are stretched across a variety of locations and devices. At the heart of this transition are multichannel and omnichannel retailing, terms that many use interchangeably.

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CRE and the National Economy, by Transwestern

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Five years into the recovery, economic indicators are mixed, and the economy remains tepid. The June edition of Transwestern’s The Briefing: The National Economy at a Glance offers insights into what this means for commercial real estate.

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Drones as Construction Workers? by Business Insider

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Developers already are using drones to survey and photograph construction sites. Now, according to a recent Business Insider article, scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, have developed drones that can weave cord into rope bridges. Will these flying robots become be the construction crews of tomorrow?

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