The NAIOP Research Foundation helps build better communities through practical research and education. The Foundation's research projects, educational programs and outreach activities have a united purpose: to support developers, owners and others involved in commercial real estate in meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our communities, now and in the future.

Distinguished Fellow Spotlight

Mark Stapp

Mark Stapp

In addition to his work in academia, Mark Stapp has been a part of various business enterprises and development projects for more than 34 years. He currently is managing member of Pyramid Community Developers, LLC.

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Research Reports

The Promise of E-commerce

The Promise of E-commerce: Impacts on Retail and Industrial Real Estate Submitted By: Curtis D. Spencer, President, IMS Worldwide and Steve Schellenberg, Vice President, IMS Worldwide

As e-commerce sales continue their robust growth, manufacturers, transportation providers, distribution and fulfillment center operators and retailers all are being pressured to modify the retail logistics chain. To meet customer expectations, retailers must have merchandise on shelves for instant purchases as well as in distribution centers for delivery directly to customers. Additionally, retailers need to ensure that their deliveries—both to stores and directly to customers—are predictable and remain cost effective.

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The Foundation's Governors support the Foundation's work through their contributions and sharing their expertise.

Foundation News

NAIOP Research Foundation Newsletter, June 2015

Read the June 2015 issue of the Research Foundation newsletter.

Study Concludes that Office Tenants Prefer Suburban Vibrant Centers over Traditional Single-Use Suburban Locations

For close to a decade, based on anecdotes, real estate professionals have suspected that vibrant and walkable office environments are preferred over and perform better than single-use office locations. A new study, the first of its kind, tests this hypothesis across 40 plus U.S. office markets and concludes the following: