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NEW! 2018 NAIOP/CEL Commercial Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Report (Office/Industrial-Retail) 

Is your salary and bonus package competitive? Find out with the 2018 NAIOP/CEL Commercial Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Report (Office/Industrial-Retail). This is a digital download publication.

FlexOffice 2018

Building Portfolios as Integrated Ecosystems

Session recording from FlexOffice Conference, September 12-14, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

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Session recording from FlexOffice Conference, September 12-14, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

FlexOffice 2018

Convert More Tour Attendees into Members!

Session recording from FlexOffice Conference, September 12-14, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

FlexOffice 2018

Does Design Drive Culture and Productivity?

Session recording from FlexOffice Conference, September 12-14, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

FlexOffice 2018

Flexible Space and WELL Buildings

Session recording from FlexOffice Conference, September 12-14, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

FlexOffice 2018

Let’s Talk Baseball

Session recording from FlexOffice Conference, September 12-14, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

FlexOffice 2018

Mythbusters, Coworking Edition

Session recording from FlexOffice Conference, September 12-14, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

FlexOffice 2018

The Collision of Hospitality and Workspace

Session recording from FlexOffice Conference, September 12-14, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

FlexOffice 2018

Winning in the New World of CRE with Antony Slumbers

Session recording from FlexOffice Conference, September 12-14, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

FlexOffice 2018

Winning the Enterprise Occupier

Session recording from FlexOffice Conference, September 12-14, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

FlexOffice 2018

Yoga for Buildings

Session recording from FlexOffice Conference, September 12-14, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

FlexOffice 2018

The Reality and ROI of Flexible Workspace

Session recording from FlexOffice Conference, September 12-14, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

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I.CON '18 - A Crash Course on Cold Storage 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I.CON '18 - Adaptive Reuse: A New Vision for Old Space 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I.CON '18 - Ask the Expert: Talent and Recruitment in CRE 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I'CON '18 - Big Disruptors Coming to the Global Economy 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I.CON '18 - Building Community Support for Your Development Projects 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I.CON '18 - Clark's Conference Takeaways 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I.CON '18 - Follow the Freight 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I.CON '18 - The Future of Flex Distribution Facilities 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I.CON '18 - Innovative Solutions for Repairing Brownfields 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I.CON '18 - Insights into Global Capital Flows 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I.CON '18 - Intersection of Retail and Industrial 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I.CON '18 - Labor Considerations in Site Selection 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I.CON '18 - The Last Mile Conundrum 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I.CON '18 - Pricing Risk in a Dynamic Market 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Redevelopment Case Studies: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 

Session recording from I.CON '18: The Industrial Conference, June 7-8, 2018, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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2016 National Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Survey  

Is your salary and bonus package competitive? Find out with the 2016 National Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Survey.

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2016 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey 

Is your salary and bonus package competitive? Find out with the 2016 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey. This is a digital download publication.

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E-commerce Evolution — Element 3: Changing Supply Chains

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 4: Distribution and Fulfillment Centers

Distribution centers typically serve customers who order in quantity or single vendors who warehouse durable goods such as refrigerators and HVAC units for stores downstream. Of late, these DCs are being supplemented and sometimes supplanted by e-commerce fulfillment centers, whose model is well expressed by the phrase “endless aisle.”

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

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

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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E-commerce Evolution — Element 5: Robotics and Inventory Systems

When founder Jeff Bezos announced that the company was eyeing the possibility of delivering packages from warehouse to door by means of miniature drones, he wasn’t confusing aircraft for pie in the sky. While such machines are some years away from being a practical reality, the very idea of them speaks to revolutions in both the supply and fulfillment chains and in everyday robotics.

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2015 National Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Survey  

Is your salary and bonus package competitive? Find out with the 2015 National Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Survey.

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E-commerce Driving Industrial Opportunities 

Discover what’s driving new opportunities in industrial real estate with James Tompkins, Ph.D., an international authority on supply chain strategy and operations. Recording from I.CON '16: Impact Projects.

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2015 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey 

Is your salary and bonus package competitive? Find out with the 2015 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey.

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ECON 2015 Recap: Presentations and Videos

E.CON 2015: The Ecommercee Conference offered attendees a chance to examine how e-commerce and today's on-demand consumer lifestyle is redefining industrial real estate. The conference was held March 5-6 in Atlanta, Georgia.View the presentations and selected video snippets of the speakers and panelists.

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If You Build it, Will They Come?

In the last five years, the burgeoning e-commerce world has increased demand for industrial warehouse exponentially. Today’s e-commerce user wants a bigger, taller and stronger warehouse than existing building stock, so how do speculative developers properly prepare to meet demand?

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Drones, Lasers and Driverless Vehicles: The Last Mile Delivery

Fulfilling next day and same day orders to meet customer demands is the logistics battlefield of today. Who will be the winners and losers on this front, and how will consumer expectations for immediate fulfillment impact utilization of industrial logistics real estate?

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E-commerce Project of the Year

Celebrate Dallas-based Trammell Crow Company as the recipient of the inaugural E-commerce Project of the Year award. Learn about Trammell Crow’s development of the I-215 Logistics Center, a 1.25 million square foot (SF) industrial fulfillment center located on 75 acres in Moreno Valley, California.

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Growing New E-commerce Tenants

What are small- and medium-size companies doing to grow their e-commerce business, and what are the opportunities for industrial real estate to help them achieve their goals? Growing businesses are our future tenants, but not every one will lease on their own. What’s the role of third-party logistics providers (3PLs) that specialize in this sector? Hear from medium-size retailers and 3PLs that are operating e-commerce campuses for multiple users.

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The Investor’s Guide to the E-commerce Galaxy

The ever-changing demands of today’s e-commerce user create challenges related to the design and future functionality of modern industrial warehouse/distribution properties. Understanding the drivers and longevity of these requirements and how they differ from a more traditional user has resulted in the investment community further scrutinizing their allocation of “industrial dollars.” Whether it is on the front-end funding of a build-to-suit e-commerce development or on the back-end purchase of a completed and fully-leased facility, the institutional investor must analyze several factors:

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Key Drivers for E-commerce Site and Building Selection

In the words of Texas Bix Bender, “If you are riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.” So it goes without saying, E-Commerce is moving quickly and developers find themselves having to increasingly be ahead of it. As e-commerce strategies evolve, it might be good to check in with experts like our panelists for this session to make sure the herd (customers and retailers) are still behind you and not strayed off into another direction. How important is intermodal, or is drive time still a most critical metric in site selection? How will millennials and the rebirth of urbanization impact e-commerce fulfillment and where those DCs are located?

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Innovation in E-commerce: Anything, Anytime, Anywhere

Bob Zelis, Vice President Supply Chain Sam's at Walmart eCommerce, will provide an overview of the e-commerce market from the perspective of the largest U.S. brick and mortar retailer. Key points covered will be how Walmart responded to the growing e-commerce role in retail, what their current and go-forward strategy is on delivering the sales/delivery promise, and the impact e-commerce has or will have on the design and location of their fulfillment centers and retail stores.

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Debating the E-commerce Retail Promise

Consumers increasingly expect faster and faster delivery of their purchases, even though typical e-commerce companies with two optimally places fulfillment centers are within one-day reach of just 11 percent of the U.S. population. What does the future hold for same-day or next day delivery? What are the greatest challenges?

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Development 14 - Avoiding the Hidden Cliff: Succession Planning for Sustainability & Success

Learn why modern day succession planning at all management levels of an organization is a must and how it helps develop talent, provide confidence to internal and external parties, create business and financial continuity and mitigate risk for the inevitable unexpected circumstances.

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Development 14 - Beyond the Border: Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate

Subject matter experts who move real estate capital from in and out of Canada, Europe and the Middle East will examine unique characteristics of the U.S. market, identify opportunities and risks encountered by foreign investors and explain how foreign investment is affecting our market – beyond the initial infusion of capital.

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Development 14: Today's Capital Markets - Senior Debt Panel

Many lenders have become more aggressive for new originations as they have been searching for yield in a low interest rate environment, driven in large part by the federal stimulus. Gain insight on recent and projected underwriting standards, interest rates and whether or not the lending environment will continue to improve.

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Development 14 - Debt, Equity and Structured Finance: Capital Sources in a Changing Market

A panel of financial and economic analysts details how this niche market has evolved, identifies common structures and pricing parameters and forecasts future trends while addressing the need for flexibility.

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Development 14: Everything is Awesome – Right?

With Q2 GDP just revised upward from 4.2% to 4.6% after -2.1% in Q1, and all commercial real estate credit metrics in the best condition they have been in since before the Financial Crisis, it would appear that “Everything is Awesome.” However, there are some risks ahead.

Development 14 - CEO Insight: Heavy Lifting of Industrial Real Estate

In this rare opportunity to hear directly from some of industrial real estate’s biggest power players and top executives, you’ll come away with distinct perspective on growth, investment and strategic positioning strategies for the remainder of 2014 and beyond.

Development 14 - CEO Insight: Office Market Outlook

Boston Properties’ CEO, Owen Thomas, sits down for a fireside chat on everything from emerging trends to business opportunities with Thomas J. Hynes, Jr., Co-Chairman and CEO of Colliers | Boston - a leading provider of real estate data throughout New England.

Development 14 - Prescription for Change: New Look of Aging Medical Office Buildings

This session seeks to explain how the current trend of acquisitions and shared services literally translates into numbers and sense for commercial real estate development.

Development 14 - Real Estate Crowdfunding

This session will provide a general overview of what crowdfunding is, explore the new regulatory environment and securities frameworks, discuss the impact the capital raising process, and examine the different approaches to this new space.

Development 14 - Second to None: The Role, Value and Potential of Secondary Markets

Our esteemed panelists address the current state of secondary markets and debate future opportunities within these areas across the country.

Development 14 - Switching Gears from Traditional to Alternative Investment Options

Hear firsthand from long-term asset players on why they are increasing their allocation to industrial real estate.

Development 14 -The Changing Face of Office Space

Our panel of users, office brokers and construction industry professionals will share real-world examples and provide insight on how the evolving workforce is changing commercial real estate.

Development 14 - The E-commerce Effect: How and Where Commercial Real Estate Will Next Develop

Even though more business functions these days are automated and performed electronically, there still is a need for people power. This panel touched on a variety of elements spanning the e-commerce spectrum, from human resources to building specification, supply chain dynamics and large-scale trends.

Development 14 - The New World: The Influence of Social Trends, Workforce Issues and Population Growth on Development

As younger and older generations live and work in metropolitan communities with mixed-use and transit oriented development (TOD), the composition and structure of where and how people live and work are shifting, creating a greater need for commercial real estate to understand, monitor and capitalize on generational and social trends that are steering interest and generating greater demand for development.

Development 14 - Profiting from Public/Private Partnerships: The Success of Union Station

Learn how $500 million in public investment in a regional hub of the bus and rail transportation system has resulted in the investment of more than $1 billion (to date) in private sector investment within a three block radius.

Development 14 - The Weakest Link: Benefits of Understanding the Supply Chain

Logistics costs make up as much as 80 percent of the operating costs of a distribution center. What's going on behind-the-scenes in the global supply chain is becoming more important as changes in consumer demand continue to impact industrial real estate and goods movement.

Development 14 - What’s Trending in the Retail Sector?

This executive level discussion focused on the current state of retail, with emphasis on capital markets, demographic trends, popular retailers and innovation in development. Learn where this thriving segment is expected to see growth in the years to come.

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Development 2014 Recap: Presentations and Audio

Development '14 was held October 27-29, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. Below are presentations from the speakers and panels. Thanks to recordings sponsor Bentall Kennedy.

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2014 National Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Survey  

Is your salary and bonus package competitive? Find out with the 2014 National Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Survey.

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2014 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey 

Is your salary and bonus package competitive? Find out with the 2014 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey.

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Mexican REITs in the Spotlight, by the Wall Street Journal

“Mexico’s fledgling market for real-estate investment trusts has come a long way since Fibra Uno launched the first Mexican REIT in 2011,” reports a Wall Street Journal article, which notes that “the first half of 2014 is shaping up to be a decent one for issuance on the Mexican Stock Exchange.”

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The Economic Risks of Climate Change, Risky Business Project

Climate change is an economic threat that could cost U.S. businesses billions of dollars in coming decades, according to a report by the Risky Business Project, a 10-member bipartisan group led by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and hedge fund manager Thomas Steyer.

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CRE and the National Economy, by Transwestern

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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Walkability = Office Rent Premiums, by Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis

Office space in walkable urban areas commands a 74 percent price-per-square-foot premium over rents for office space in suburban business parks accessible only by cars, according to a new report, “Foot Traffic Ahead” — and that rent premium is growing.

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Australian CBD Office Overview, by Real Estate Commercial

Curious about what’s happening in the Australian office market? Demand by investors — both domestic and Chinese — is up, but so are vacancy rates in most Central Business Districts (CBDs). Yields for top-quality space “have been firming and A Grade rents are forecast to grow in 2014.”

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The Decade of Big City Growth? by Brookings

Big city populations are continuing to grow faster than they did in the previous decade. Is this trend here to stay, or is it “a lingering symptom of the recession”? A new Brookings report says that new U.S. Census Bureau statistics “give some credence to both theories."

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What’s Driving Industrial Real Estate and Where is it Going?

Let’s take a close look at the state of the U.S. industrial market, examining where it stands now and where it may be headed by focusing on regional performance, building size and age, energy driven markets, supply chain reconfiguration/flow of goods, primary beneficiaries of the ongoing housing recovery and other demographics.

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Anticipation, Expectation and Performance of Emerging Markets

This session discusses two secondary markets that are now experiencing, and anticipating additional, sustained dramatic growth.

Rockefeller Group Distribution Center, Tucson, Ariz.

Behind the Wheel: Drivers of Development Cycles

This session will explore where development is occurring, what’s driving it and how it is occurring.

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Counter Trends: When Opposite Investment Tactics Attract

This session highlighted niche investments, addressing labor, traffic concerns and other key factors that set them apart but still make them appeal as sound investment strategies.

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Evolution of Warehousing and Distribution Paradigms

Retailers, logistics companies and real estate professionals will shed light on keeping ahead of demand and where the future of industrial real estate is heading.

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Impact of NAFTA on Industrial Real Estate

The world's largest free trade zone was created with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since then, intra-regional trade flows have grown exponentially and foreign direct investment into the region has seen an uptick, impacting the continental supply chain.

Rockefeller Group Distribution Center, Tucson, Ariz.

Investing and Divesting 101: Solutions to Complex Scenarios

Investors are questioning how to compete and wondering where to look for greener pastures. Buyers are also considering whether this is the time to divest. This session examines these scenarios to provide answers and solutions to current investor challenges.

Rockefeller Group Distribution Center, Tucson, Ariz.

How Supply Chain Logistics Impact Industrial Real Estate

This session evaluates the current state of traditional North American ports as well as inland ports and the movement of international and domestic freight.

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EMEA Logistics Investments Rise, by JLL

Logistics and industrial assets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) recorded the highest first-quarter investment volume in the last decade during the first quarter of 2014, €4.9 billion, 25 percent ahead of first-quarter 2013, according to JLL.

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The World's 10 Hottest Retail Markets, by CBRE

Paris, which attracted 50 new cross-border retailers last year, was the world’s hottest retail market in 2013, followed by Tokyo, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Berlin, according to CBRE’s latest “How Global Is the Business of Real Estate?” report. But emerging markets like Hangzhou, China and Hanoi, Vietnam, experienced the biggest increases in cross-border activity, with new large shopping centers enabling more global retailers to enter these markets.

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I.CON 2014 Recap: Presentations and Audio

I.CON 14 offered the most up-to-date trends and information available presented by some of the most notable names in industrial real estate. The conference was held June 5-6 at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Biking and Walking to Work, by the U.S. Census Bureau

Although relatively few people in the U.S. commute to work by biking and walking, “these nonmotorized travel modes play important roles within many of the nation’s local transportation systems.” So says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, which notes that the number of U.S. workers who travelled to work by these means increased by a larger percentage between 2000 and 2008-2012 than did those who used any other commuting mode.

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Chinese E-commerce Giant to Go Public, by Internet Retailer

The self-described “largest online and mobile commerce company in the world” filed to sell stock on a U.S. stock exchange last week. The Alibaba Group’s IPO is expected to be valued at well over $100 billion. According to an Internet Retailer article, Alibaba’s e-commerce sites handled $248 billion in transactions in 2013, more than Amazon and eBay combined.

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Logistics REITs an Emerging Force in Japan, by Nikkei Asian Review

Japan’s REITs bought a record $21.5 billion worth of property in 2013, and the biggest purchasers, accounting for 35 percent of the total, were REITs focused on logistics facilities, according to a recent article in Nikkei Asian Review.

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Railroads Go High Tech, by Crain's Chicago Business

In what a recent Crain’s Chicago Business article calls “the biggest railroad investment in a century,” “big data is coming to the railroads, unleashing a technology upgrade so enormous and costly that it will rival the buildout of the national rail system more than a century ago.”

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Canadian Office and Industrial Market Snapshots, by Colliers Canada

The latest Colliers Canada national commercial real estate forecasts highlight office and industrial activity in the nation’s six largest markets (Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal) for 2014 to 2017. The “snapshots” also identify year-over-year market trends between the fourth quarters of 2012 and 2013.

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What Do Millennials Really Want? by The Rockefeller Foundation and Transportation for America

Two new studies offer some clues about where and how U.S. Millennials (those born between 1977 and 1995) want to live, work and play. A large majority want access to public transportation and the ability to be less reliant on owning a car, and they are more highly concentrated in the western half of the nation.

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Canada Is Home to the World's Most Resilient Cities, by Grosvenor

The world’s three most resilient cities are all located in Canada, according to a new report from Grosvenor’s research group. Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary take first, second, and third place, followed by Chicago and Pittsburgh. The report quantifies the resilience of 50 of the world’s top cities, taking into consideration their environmental and social vulnerability and adaptive capacity.

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Global Logistics Demand Remains Strong, by JLL

Corporate occupier demand for logistics facilities is rising worldwide, reports JLL’s inaugural “Global Logistics Sentiment Survey.” JLL market experts note that demand increased in the last half of 2013 and predict that it will continue to increase in the first six months of this year.

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Four Phases of Effective Succession Planning, by CEL & Associates Inc.

“Real estate firms without a formal succession plan for each mission-critical position can be at financial risk,” reports CEL & Associates Inc. President and CEO Christopher Lee in the April edition of the firm’s Strategic Advantage newsletter. Lee presents four phases of effective succession planning, adding that “succession planning is an insurance policy for continued business growth and prosperity.”

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E-commerce Growth in China, by Journal of Commerce

E-commerce is growing exponentially in China, creating both challenges and opportunities for international shipping and logistics companies, according to a recent article in Journal of Commerce. Companies like UPS, FedEx and DHL Express, in particular, must leap hurdles such as regulatory constraints on foreign operators, fierce competition in domestic distribution and price-conscious consumers.

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The Mall Will Survive, by New York University Schack Institute

The death of the mall has been widely exaggerated, said a group of senior REIT executives gathering at the New York University Schack Institute’s annual REIT symposium last week. According to a Commercial Observer article, shopping malls are performing well despite many news reports to the contrary.

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Canadian Market Outlook, by CBRE

CBRE’s “Canadian Market Outlook 2014” forecasts market trends and drivers in the Canadian commercial real estate market. The report predicts “tremendous development in many industrial markets across the country,” as well “pockets of retail and office space [that] are expected to record increased demand for space in the coming year.”

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National Shopping Center Review, by Cassidy Turley

According to Cassidy Turley’s “National Retail Review: Spring 2014,” national credit retailers are driving demand for shopping center space; Class A malls are doing well while other malls are struggling; and retail occupancy is beginning to improve beyond primary markets.

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Seven Bold Predictions for CRE, by

How will the world of commercial real estate change during the next 25 years? recently asked key players in the industry to reflect on “how commercial real estate will be buffeted by changes in demographics, technology, globalization, economic and environmental realities and a host of other trends.” They made seven bold predictions about commercial real estate in 2039.

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Digital Downsize Saves Law Firms Space, Money by JLL

Workplace digitization has radically reduced the need for libraries, filing on practice floors and additional filing on concourse/basement levels of buildings, offering law firms more opportunities to lower costs, according to JLL.

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ECON 2014 Recap: Presentations and Videos

The E.CON 2014 Inaugural Conference offered attendees a chance to examine how e-commerce and today's on-demand consumer lifestyle is redefining industrial real estate. The conference was held March 27-28 in Phoenix, Arizona.View the presentations and selected video snippets of the speakers and panelists.

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The "Dos and Don’ts" of Investing in E-commerce

Dive into the underwriting and analysis of e-commerce investment. We’ll talk with top investors on how they deal with unique tenant improvements; future re-use of properties; exit strategies; and credit worthiness. In-depth discussions will take place on cap rates for e-commerce compared to traditional industrial real estate; the future of e-commerce; and the next big thing to hit the market.

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Technological Advances to Manage E-commerce

What does new technology look like in terms of automation and internal layout; How is it implemented in the modern e-commerce fulfillment center; and what is the impact of technology on labor?

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Building Elements 101: Specific Factors to Accommodate E-commerce

As just-in-time deliveries grow increasingly important, the supply chain and logistics industries rise in significance to the United States and global economies. Let’s identify the largest drivers of distribution center design change including energy and maintenance cost reductions, taller ceiling heights, labor shortages and evolving building codes.

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E-commerce Logistics: The Role of 3PL Providers

From evolving supply chain strategies to critical warehouse operations elements, multi-channel order fulfillment and best practices in fulfillment facility design and location, learn how they operate and why 3PLs are significant players in the retail landscape.

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Getting a Grip on the New Retail Reality

Where does the e-commerce marketplace begin and end? How do we adapt physical properties to the ever changing demands of the retail marketplace and unify them with our online presence? This session discussed the size and scope of the e-commerce marketplace and gave insights on what that new channel means for retail supply chains and distribution centers.

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How Today’s E-commerce Trends Impact Commercial Real Estate 

Tompkins International CEO and supply chain authority, Jim Tompkins,addressed the trends impacting commercial real estate and gave attendees a better understanding of how to advise retail customers and strategically invest in commercial real estate.

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America's Fastest-Growing Cities, by Forbes

Austin, Texas, has taken the top place on Forbes magazine’s annual list of America’s fastest-growing cities for the fourth year in a row. Forbes ranks the nation’s most populous metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) based on six metrics.

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UK Portside Logistics Centers Growing, by

Demand for portside warehouse space is growing throughout Europe. In the United Kingdom — where some 95 percent of international trade is transported by sea — new portside logistics centers are being planned in recognition of the competitive advantages they will offer in a post-Panamax world. A recent article on cites JLL’s November 2013 report, “European Seaports: The Growing Logistics Opportunity” and describes some of the new logistics parks being planned at UK ports.

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

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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U.S. Macro Forecast, by Cassidy Turley

Cassidy Turley Research’s February “U.S. Macro Forecast: Look Through the Snow at the Fundamentals” describes the impacts of this winter’s weather on the U.S. economy as well as the outlook for the economy and commercial real estate.

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Former NYPD Commissioner Joins Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield announced last week that Raymond W. Kelly, former commissioner of the New York City Police Department, will join the firm effective March 24, 2014, as president of risk management services (RMS).

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Real Estate 2020: Building the Future, by PricewaterhouseCoopers

A worldwide boom in development should not take the real estate investment industry by surprise, notes a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers. "By 2020, real estate managers will have a broader range of opportunities, with greater risks and new value drivers. As real estate is a business with long development cycles … now is the time to plan for these changes."

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Top 10 Global Trends Affecting Downtowns, by Progressive Urban Management Associates

Since 2006, Progressive Urban Management Associates has been examining trends shaping American cities. The group’s 2014 global trends report, “Top Ten Global Trends Affecting Downtowns and How to Respond at Home,” prepared in collaboration with the University of Colorado Denver, examines “top trends in demographics, lifestyles and global competition, places them in the unique context of city centers and suggests implications for downtown management organizations, business leaders and local decision-makers” — including commercial real estate professionals.

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Severe Winter Weather May Cost U.S. Economy as Much as $50 Billion, by CNBC

Severe winter weather may have cost the nation’s economy as much $50 billion and 76,000 jobs this season, according to a CNBC Fed Survey of 19 Wall Street economists, strategists and fund managers. Survey respondents put the total weather impact at about a third of a percentage point of the $16 trillion U.S. economy.

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The 10 Most Innovative Retail Companies, by Fast Company

A recent article in Fast Company magazine explores how the retail industry has been reinventing itself and highlights 10 companies that “strike the right balance between physical and digital, experience and affordability, and convenience and quality.”

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Will New Real Estate Strategies Improve Productivity in Asia? by Economist Corporate Network

The Economist Corporate Network’s 2014 Asia Business Outlook Survey, “Rethinking Profitable Growth,” offers a peek into the minds of the region’s business leaders. Survey respondents – 334 senior executives with Asian and other multinational companies who are based throughout the Asia Pacific region – indicated that “many companies are looking to real estate strategy as a way to improve their management of human capital and productivity.”

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E-commerce Driving Demand for Industrial Real Estate, by Cushman & Wakefield

With online sales expected to reach $370 billion by 2017, “the industrial real estate market will be a main beneficiary,” as those increasing sales translate into greater demand for logistics centers tailored to the needs of e-commerce. So says Cushman & Wakefield’s new “Industrial Real Estate Forecast 2014-2017,” which offers an in-depth view of industrial real estate markets in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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Mexico Positions for More Manufacturing, by Cushman & Wakefield

The prospect of increased reshoring in the U.S. opens big opportunities to strengthen Mexico’s role in industrial global value chains, reports Cushman & Wakefield’s “Industrial Real Estate Forecast 2014-2017,” which includes an overview of fundamentals and trends in Mexico.

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Twelve Changes Likely to Affect CRE in 2014, by Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Every new year brings a fresh slate of accounting, legal and tax changes. Corporate tax modifications, new government regulations and amended laws may save or cost companies massive amounts of money. For commercial real estate, 2014 brings a dozen notable changes, according to a new report by Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.

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Global Ascending Cities, by JLL

Throughout the world, cities are being transformed – some more rapidly than others – by the ongoing forces of urbanization, modernization and globalization. Which cities are changing most quickly, and in ways that offer the best opportunities for commercial real estate development and investment?

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The Next Logistics Land Rush? by DC Velocity

As intermodal traffic grows, more businesses are looking to locate their distribution centers (DCs) alongside rail facilities, reports an article in last month’s DC Velocity. “Of the 225 million square feet of DC space under development in the United States, about one-third is at or close to an intermodal facility,” the article notes, “about twice the ratio of several years ago.”

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North American and Canadian Ports Update, by Colliers International

“Biggie-sized” ships and other factors are converging to make ports “an even more critical concern for the United States economy and industrial real estate markets,” notes Colliers International’s “2H 2013 North American Port Analysis.” The report comments that “an increasingly global supply chain and the movement of container ships approximately three times the size of those that today make passage through the canal will bring major changes to North American ports and inland transportation systems.” The report also makes key points about Port Rupert, Canada’s only post-Panamax ready port.

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Still Largely a Tenant’s Market, but for How Long? by Cassidy Turley

Cassidy Turley’s third-quarter 2013 “U.S. Office Trends Report,” released last week, disclosed that U.S. markets absorbed 13.3 million square feet of space during this time period, down from 15.9 million square feet in the second quarter. The third-quarter vacancy rate was largely unchanged from last quarter at 15.2 percent. Vacancy rates are now 2 percent lower than their recessionary peak.

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Downtowns Revive as Live-Work Centers, by International Downtown Association

America’s downtowns are enjoying a revival as more people chose to work and live in or near these thriving urban centers, according to a new report by the International Downtown Association (IDA). The report, titled “Downtown Rebirth: Documenting the Live-Work Dynamic in 21st Century U.S. Cities,” reveals that the nation’s 150 largest cities account for nearly one-third of all wage and salaried jobs — almost 38.9 million jobs — in the country.

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Top Trends That Will Shape the Future Marketplace

Business and technology futurist Dr. James Canton presents a forecast of the changes and trends that will influence the builders, buyers and investors of the real estate ecosystem. The future commercial real estate marketplace will be shaped by fast moving trends in population, demographics, business, technology, globalization, trade, immigration, economics, energy and climate change. These trends will alter every aspect of the real estate market.

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Trends in Data Center Leasing and Investment

Dive in to the latest trends in the data center industry as it relates to tenant site selection, development and investment in this real estate asset class. Designed as an educational opportunity for the development and investment community, the panelists will explore the supply-demand characteristics of the product type and key changes in site development and building features in recent years. Our panelists will also discuss locational characteristics, infrastructure requirements, and financial incentives that all have a bearing on the data center product type.

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Sustainability ROI: Renovations, New Builds and Government Incentives

Sustainable Development refers to a mode of human development in which resource use aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come. It has transformed from an ideology to consider to the norm in all new development and renovation. Lenders are looking to the future financial viability of a project, and tenants want a workplace with better air quality, lower operating expenses, "green" amenities, easy access to transit and an enhanced workplace quality of life.

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E-commerce, Demand and Trends: State of the Retail Market

What’s old is new again, especially when it comes to retail. In our annual look deep into the office market, our panel will dig deep into what makes this important industry segment tick. Hear valuable leasing stats and investment sales trends, discuss the adaptive re-use of neighborhood shopping center and obsolete structures and discuss how the tenant mix can make a project tick.

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Supply Chain/Goods Movement: Trends and Innovations

One thing that is constant as it relates to supply chain and network design is that it is always changing. Our panel will feature a mix of subject matter experts from the logistics, consulting and commercial real estate industries who will define the components of the supply chain decision-making process and the key factors that affect real estate decisions.

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Future of the Suburban Office Park

With so much focus on CDB development, there has been much speculation on the demise of the suburban office building and suburban office park. This panel of senior executives will address the short and long term prospects for suburban office and, to paraphrase Mark Twain, whether the reports of the death of suburban office are greatly exaggerated.

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Recycling Buildings-Tangible Solutions To Meet The New Market Paradigm

It has been said that the greenest building may already be built. Join us for a panel discussion with today’s leading experts to review case studies of successful, proven investments in recycling and repurposing existing structures in a new, complex market.

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Demand, Projections and Investment: State of the (Hot!) Industrial Market

Learn what markets are best positioned for new investment or development, and how to identify opportunities and execute profitable strategies both domestically and internationally. Hear from experts on the status of the recovery, the current trends in the capital markets, and projections for the end of 2013 and 2014.

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2013 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey 

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

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2013 National Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Survey  

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

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Ten Benefits of Outsourcing a Data Center, by Colliers International

“Data center outsourcing is a growing trend, with many large enterprises embracing the financial and operational benefits associated with wholesale co-location solutions. The resulting demand has created U.S. data center hubs in Silicon Valley, New York/New Jersey, Northern Virginia, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Phoenix,” wrote Tim Huffman, executive vice president and global director of Colliers International’s technology solutions group, in Baseline magazine on August 21, 2013.

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Improving Global Stats Spur Canadian Growth, by Royal Bank of Canada

After a period of economic underperformance that ended in late 2012, the Canadian economy is expected to grow at a reasonable pace in the second half of 2013 and through 2014, according to the Royal Bank of Canada’s September 2013 “Economic and Financial Market Outlook.” Fueled by support from low interest rates coupled with strong demand for exports, RBC Economics projected real GDP growth for Canada of 1.8 percent in 2013 and 2.8 percent in 2014.

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Consistent Growth Seen Across South Florida in Q2, by Colliers International

Colliers International reported consistent growth across the entire South Florida market in every asset class in its recently released “South Florida Commercial Real Estate Review Q2 2013.” The company is confident that the market will continue to improve over the next several quarters. It noted that some in the market remain cautious and hesitant to label what has taken place a complete recovery, but it sees “a widespread turn for the better.”

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Are Current RE Trends Due to “Known Unknowns”? by CBRE

“Are today’s low levels of demand due to cyclical forces — the recession and weak recovery — or to the long-term effects of ‘known unknowns’?” asked Arthur Jones, senior managing economist, CBRE, in the September 16 issue of the firm’s About Real Estate newsletter.

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Video Highlights Virtual Groceries in South Korean Subway

Anyone who enjoys eating but hates food shopping will love a new virtual food store concept emerging in South Korea. Check this video for details.

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Better Market Spurs Seniors to Sell Homes, Move to Senior Housing by Marcus & Millichap

Thanks to an improving home sales market, many seniors are now in a better position to sell their old houses and relocate to independent living rental facilities or other senior housing, according to Marcus & Millichap’s “Seniors Housing Research Report” for the second half of 2013.

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Mortgage Bankers See Home Mortgage Rates at 4.9 Percent in 2014

Rates for 30-year home mortgages likely will average 4.1 percent for 2013 and 4.9 percent in 2014, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s “MBA Economic and Mortgage Finance Commentary: August 2013.”

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Interest Rate Concerns Remain, by CBRE

Concern about interest rates and their effect on real estate returns has been front and center for U.S. investors since Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke noted in his congressional testimony earlier this year that the size of asset purchases would begin to taper off in the latter half of the year. Jon Southard, managing director of CBRE Econometric Advisors, said that “the concern is no secret—higher interest rates, in isolation, put downward pressure on real estate values.”

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Retail Rents in New York, London, Tokyo and Zurich on the Rise, by CBRE

Hong Kong is by far the world’s most expensive city for global retailers today, but prime rents in New York, London, Tokyo and Zurich also are rising, according to new research from global property advisor CBRE Group, Inc.

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Is Flight to Quality for U.S. Office Space Fading or Enduring? by Transwestern

Since the beginning of the recession in 2007, office tenants have used a variety of ways to cut their occupancy costs. These methods have included densification (reduction in the amount of space leased per worker), hoteling programs, telecommuting and elimination of private offices. Another approach that tenants took was to seek newer, more functional and efficient space, which led to a “flight to quality” by many tenants.

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U.S. Office Markets Have a Way to Go to Match Canadian Results, by Avison Young

Although tours and velocity have increased and several metro areas have moved to a condition of equilibrium, many major U.S. office markets remain oversupplied with tenant-favored conditions. Canada’s office markets continue to sport relatively healthy market fundamentals; however, some major markets appear to be softening and turned in less-than-stellar performances in the first half of 2013. These were some of the key trends noted in Avison Young’s Mid-Year 2013 Canada, U.S. Office Market Report.

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Key to Economic Growth? More Business Confidence, by Cushman & Wakefield

The U.S. economy is growing, but what it needs to improve more quickly is greater confidence on the part of the business sector, according to a new research report by Cushman & Wakefield titled U.S. Economic Update: Ready for Growth. The report asserted that once businesses are more confident, investment spending will accelerate, as will hiring.

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Assessing the Economic Recovery Five Years and Counting, by Mesirow Financial

After a slowdown in economic growth during the first half of 2013, the economy is expected to pick up steam during the second half of 2013 and the first half of 2014. More importantly, growth will move above the 2.2 percent recovery average. This is according to Diane C. Swonk, chief economist and senior managing director, Mesirow Financial, writing in its recently published report, Assessing the Recovery: Five Years and Counting

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New High-Tech Hubs Emerge to Drive Economic Growth, by Jones Lang LaSalle

A recently released study by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) titled U.S. High-Technology Office Outlook 2013 highlighted the growing importance and impact of high-tech hubs on local economies and on the commercial real estate sector. The study noted that the high-tech industry comprises only 8.8 percent of total office-using employment in the United States today, but its impact on local commercial real estate markets has been tremendous.

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Could Cheap Natural Gas Prices and Industrial Demand be Linked? by CBRE

Buzzwords such as “insourcing” and “onshoring” are getting a lot of play today in the commercial real estate world and the U.S. indeed has powerful competitive advantages to recommend it as a manufacturing center, reported CBRE Econometric Advisors in its latest issue of About Real Estate. These drivers could have significant impact on industrial real estate now and in the future.

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U.S. Economic Growth Lowered for Second Half of 2013, by Mortgage Bankers Association

Overall economic growth will be slower than originally forecast for the last half of 2013, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s recent MBA Economic and Mortgage Finance Commentary. According to the report, the U.S. is still facing several unknowns that are impacting economic growth.

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Medical Office Buildings in Era of Obamacare, by Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) has released its 2013 Medical Office Building Investor Survey. C&W surveyed lenders, real estate brokers and investors on subjects such as capitalization and internal rates of return, as well as current trends and overall market conditions. The biggest event, naturally, was the passage of healthcare reform in 2010 and its affirmation by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012.

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U.S. Office Market Grows, Despite Bumpy Ride, by Jones Lang LaSalle

The United States economy and office sector remained resilient entering the summer of 2013, despite continued shocks that have jolted the global economy in recent weeks and months, according to the Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Office Outlook United States Q2 2013 report. The JLL report noted that besides the geopolitical strife across the globe, there were also signs of an economic slowdown resurfacing in China and a sense of stagnation across most of Europe.

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Companies Excelling in Candor Substantially Outperform Market, by Rittenhouse

The top-quartile companies in the Rittenhouse Rankings 2012 Candor and Corporate Culture Survey™ outperformed the S&P 500 Index by 17.9 percent, increasing by an average of 34.2 percent. The bottom-ranked quartile’s year-over-year average increase was only 17.1 percent. L.J. Rittenhouse, RittenhouseRankings CEO said, “These companies have created leadership communications that nurture accountability cultures, provide excellent context, and realize tangible results.”

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Report Finds Some Commercial RE Sectors ‘Thriving’, by Cassidy Turley

Even though the U.S. economy is not as robust as it should be at this point in the economic cycle, some sectors of commercial real estate are not only doing well but they are thriving, according to a Cassidy Turley report, What’s Hot in Commercial Real Estate Summer 2013.

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KPMG Survey Finds RE Executives Focusing on Geographic Expansion

Commercial real estate executives are focusing on geographic expansion this year, propelled by increasing economic optimism, according to a new survey by KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm.


Tourism to U.S. Helps Bolster Hotel Occupancy Rates, by CBRE

Tourism is a bright spot in the nation’s anemic economic recovery, according to a new issue of CBRE Research’s About Real Estate. International leisure travel to the U.S. has hit all-time highs. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, nearly 49 million leisure travelers from overseas visited the United States in 2011, twice the level experienced 10 years ago.

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Colliers Report Finds Appetite for Property Asset Classes Improves in UK

The economy in the UK shows signs of a weak but sustained recovery, according to a new Colliers International report titled REIF in Brief Q2 2013. Although economic fundamentals remain weak, improved sentiment will enhance risk appetite across all property asset classes.

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Cargo Volume to U.S. Seaports Are Steady as She Goes, by Jones Land LaSalle

Seaports are focused on enhancing their infrastructure to attract ocean carriers, while industrial users want access to population centers and supply chain optimization, according to Jones Land LaSalle’s U.S. Seaport Outlook 2013 report. Both are positioning themselves to compete and vie for market share, and this is creating excellent momentum for industrial real estate.

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$45 Trillion in Goods Could Crisscross Planet by 2021! by Cushman & Wakefield

A new Cushman & Wakefield White Paper, The Changing World of Trade, estimates that if global trade continues to grow by an average of 9.5 percent per year for the next 10 years, about $2.7 trillion in new goods will be added per year to the global pipeline. That means that by 2021 an astounding $45 trillion in goods could be crisscrossing our planet every year.

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Domestic Energy Production Expected to Add 3.5 Million Jobs

By 2035, the domestic energy industry is expected to add more than 3.5 million jobs to the U.S. economy, according to Energy Outlook Report, a new publication from Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). In the next two years alone, this sector is projected to add about 700,000 jobs. Domestic energy growth will also fuel heated competition for prime commercial real estate, predominantly in a handful of cities where the oil and the gas industry is booming including the North American cities of Calgary, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

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Comparing E-Commerce and Brick-and-Mortar Sales Trends

Shopping in the U.S. is a way of life, but since 2010, when the consumer recovery began, where we do our shopping has become a point of keen interest, according to a recent issue of CBRE’s Econometric Advisor’s report, About Real Estate. According to CBRE, in looking at sales at brick-and-mortar stores (core retail sales with non-store sales excluded) versus e-commerce sales, it noted that over the past several quarters growth has been diminishing across the board. While spending continues to grow, core retail sales growth has dipped below its long-term trend and consumers seem hesitant to overspend because of recent economic issues such as the sequester and the debt ceiling.

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The Stabilization of US Manufacturing and Its Impact on Industrial Space

L. Nicolas Ronderas of the Regional Plan Association summarizes the findings of a valuable new report from the NAIOP Research Foundation: The Stabilization of U.S. Manufacturing and Its Impact on Industrial Space.

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The U.S. Office Market Muscles Its Way through Uncertain Times, by Jones Lang LaSalle

2013 started off on a positive note with more than 40 percent of office markets that Jones Land LaSalle tracks reporting increased touring activity and more than 98 percent of markets reporting either increased or stable touring levels from the fourth quarter 2012, according to the company’s Office Outlook United State.Q1 2013 report. Further, leasing activity levels increased 15.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012 and were up 9.6 percent from the first quarter of 2012.

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Next Frontier for Commercial RE? 20 African Cities, Says JLL

Thanks to retail expansion, corporate outsourcing and positive economic growth, 20 African cities have emerged as key opportunities for commercial real estate growth by 2020, according to a Jones Lang LaSalle’s report titled News Detail. While poor real estate transparency continues to constrain many of these cities, according to JLL, there are potentially huge payoffs if the cities can improve regulatory environments and transaction processes.

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Keen Competition for Limited Stock of Modern Logistics Facilities, by CBRE

There is keen competition across the world’s most expensive logistics markets for space, according to a new CBRE report titled Global Industrial View (Q1-2013). According to CBRE, First Quarter 2013 rent growth was “quiet,” but that was partially attributed to occupier reluctance and to cost containment — particularly in the form of space consolidation; however, another reason was that large blocks of prime space in the best locations remained scarce and expensive.

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Greater Divergence across Global Rent Landscape, by CBRE

Trends in global office rents pointed to a growing regional divergence in the first quarter of 2013, according to CBRE. As detailed in the firm’s Global Office Rent Cycle Marketview publication, rents for markets in the Americas continued towards gradual recovery; the majority of EMEA markets paused; and the Asia Pacific markets experienced muted demand against a subdued economic backdrop.

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E-Commerce Changing Face of Retail and Industrial RE, by Cassidy Turley

Retailing is in the midst of a seismic shift and if retail landlords do not understand the nature of the change taking place, they are in for a bumpy road ahead, according to Cassidy Turley Commercial Real Estate's The E-Commerce Imperative 2013 report. Similarly, owners of industrial properties need to grasp the nature of the change as well. According to the report, “over the next few years, the overwhelming majority of new retail development will — in fact — be industrial. And the overwhelming majority of new industrial development will — in fact — be retail.”

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Corporations Looking to RE Purely for Cost Cutting Face Risks, by JLL

Companies that view real estate assets singularly as a source of short-term cost reduction are actually incurring hidden long-term financial and operational risks, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s second biennial report on Global Corporate Real Estate Trends. The report unearths the top corporate real estate risks, including possible negative impacts to competitive advantage and profitability from cost cutting, procurement processes, and failure to drive productivity.

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Cost Advantage Markets Rebounding, by Studley

As the first quarter of 2013 closed, the U.S. economy is in its third year of recovery and shows signs of gaining momentum, according to the Studley Report 1Q2013. Early leaders in the office market rebound are being replaced, according to the report. The best leasing markets in 2010 and 2011 (with the exception of Houston) were the higher-cost knowledge centers like the Bay Area of California, Manhattan and Washington, D.C.

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Recovery Continues As Sequester Becomes Reality, by Delta Associates

Economic uncertainty has been a drag on overall economic growth, leading to below average job gains and consumer spending. This has created a lack of momentum needed to drive the economy into a more robust recovery, according to a report titled National Economy First Quarter 2013 by Delta Associates, a Transwestern Company.

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Report Finds Generations and Tech Are Transforming Workplace, by Avison Young

Rapid technological change and new generations of workers are continuing to impact the workplace in dramatic ways, reported Avison Young in its Spring-Summer edition of Avison Young Commercial Real Estate Newsletter. The newsletter noted that there are now four generations in the workplace including Mature/World War II; Baby Boomers; Generation X; and Gen Y/Millennials.

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Job Growth Is the #1 Driver of Commercial Real Estate, by Cassidy Turley

The latest employment trends and their impact on the property markets suggest that demand levels in 2013 should be consistent with the improvement observed in 2012 or better, according to a new Cassidy Turley report, How Is U.S. Employment Shaping Up? The report stressed that for every 100,000 net new office-using jobs created, vacancy typically falls by 60 basis points six months later.

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U.S. Economy Continues to Grow, by CCIM Institute

There will be no fresh recession in 2013, predicted the CCIM Institute’s Quarterly Market Trends First Quarter 2013 report. The report went on to say that sequestration, even if not reversed, is not large enough to tip the economy into a new downturn, but it can hold back short-term growth this year, possibly setting a better long-term foundation for future economic expansion as the runaway deficit gets its due attention.

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Economic Baseline for 2013

What contributors to the U.S. economy will give us a broader recovery and what is the outlook on inflation? These are just a few of the topics discussed by Dr. Sam Chandan, president and chief economist of Chandan Economics and associated faculty of real estate, The Wharton School.

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Impact of E-commerce on Industrial and Retail Real Estate, by CBRE

Major companies in the ecommerce business are choosing build-to-suit projects over renting space in existing buildings so they can have increased infrastructure, heavy power requirements, higher clear heights, an abundance of land and locations in 24/7 zones, according to a new report by CBRE’s Global Research and Consulting group titled The Impact of Ecommerce on Industrial and Retail Real Estate.


Infrastructure Report Card: Calif. and U.S. as Whole Get Mediocre Grades, by ASCE

In a new report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) that evaluated infrastructure in California and the nation as a whole, the association gave California a grade of C and the nation a grade of D+ or “poor” on infrastructure. The ASCE report declared that infrastructure systems of California and the nation are failing to keep pace with the current and expanding needs of the country because investment in infrastructure is faltering.


Hotel Recovery Strong; Will It Continue in Coming Quarters? by CBRE Econometric Advisors

The current demand recovery of the hotel sector is unlike anything that has occurred in the past 30 years of tracking this market sector, according to Abigail Rosenbaum, senior economist, CBRE Econometric Advisors (CBRE EA), a real estate analysis and forecasting group within CBRE. CBRE EA’s traditional hotel forecasting model indicates that there should be a pause in demand in the coming quarters because hotel demand has grown too rapidly.

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Retail Sales Better than Expected, by Newmark Grubb

Retail sales were better than expected last month (February) according to the Census Bureau, which reported that overall sales spiked 1.1 percent. Robert Bach, national Director, Market Analytics at Newmark Grubb wrote that while the details were mixed, the overall report suggests consumers aren’t throwing in the towel over taxes and gas prices.

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Emerging Themes in Office Market Recovery, by Colliers International

According to the Colliers International 4Q12 North America Highlights report, Intellectual Capital, Energy and Education office markets continue to capture a disproportionate share of North American office absorption. Two other positive influences that will impact the office market in 2013 are the housing recovery and the growth in medical office demand.


2013 United States Airport Outlook, by Jones Lang LaSalle

The Jones Lang LaSalle PAGI report ranked Miami International Airport as the best near-term prospect for real estate due to its ties to growing trade lanes and a diverse tenant base. The report provides a snapshot of U.S. airports from the vantage point of a real estate stakeholder.

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The Continuing Flight to Quality, by Cassidy Turley

According to the February 2013 Cassidy Turley U.S. Macro Forecast report, property markets are clearly on the mend. However, the flight to quality is not abating and will continue through 2013. Since 2010, demand for Class A office space has accounted for 70 percent of total net growth in the United States.

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Big Box Outlook, by Jones Lang LaSalle

Major logistics hubs around the country are well established; however, a new set of markets with growing populations and robust transportation connections are emerging as viable candidates for distributors and investors, says a report by Jones Lang LaSalle.

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Global Hiring Momentum to Continue in 2013, by Ferguson Partners Ltd

Approximately 64 percent of corporate leaders are increasing their global headcount, still rebuilding at the junior and middle-management levels, according to a survey by Ferguson Partners Ltd. The survey found that hiring demand is forecasted to be most robust in North America.

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Commercial Real Estate Executives Say Outlook Remains Uncertain, by The Real Estate Roundtable

Senior commercial real estate executives are increasingly positive regarding current and future market conditions, particularly as they relate to top-quality assets in major markets, yet they remain concerned about the slow pace of job creation, sovereign budget deficits and interest rate risks, according to The Real Estate Roundtable Q12013 Sentiment Survey.

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Moderate Growth to Prevail in 2013, by Transwestern

Economic conditions continue to be choppy, but commercial real estate investors continue to view commercial real estate as an attractive investment asset class, says the Briefing by Transwestern.

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Tailwinds for Retail and Distribution Centers, by Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Consumers are not debt free, but households have largely finished the painful process of deleveraging according to the Federal Reserve. Robert Bach, national director, market analytics at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, explains how consumers will be in a better position to pull the economy forward in the second half of 2013.

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Canadian Commercial Markets to Remain Stable in 2013, by Avison Young

The office, industrial and retail markets continue to display sound and improving fundamentals across most sectors and asset classes, says the Avison Young 2013 Forecast report. Attractively priced capital and all-time-low borrowing costs will fuel the flow of capital to real estate throughout 2013.

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Retailing in 2020, by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Kantar Retail

PricewaterhouseCoopers and Kantar Retail, outlines changes facing retailers and suppliers as a result of online shopping transparency, technology and globalization. The concept of the wall-less omnichannel retail world underpins many of the drivers, trends and strategies that will evolve by 2020.

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Industrial Market Continues to Build Momentum, by Cushman & Wakefield

Demand for flex space has noticeably decreased in the past several years, but is projected to grow considerably by 2016, says the 2013-2106 Cushman & Wakefield Industrial Real Estate Forecast. Until then, demand is expected to remain weak, with the overall flex market absorbing an average of six million square feet through 2014.

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Colliers Predictions for 2013

The Colliers International Global Investor Sentiment Survey revealed that most investors expect steady economic improvement in 2013. While the global economy will face headwinds from the recession in Europe and moderating global demand for commodities, 2013 will end with a 1.5 to 2 percent Gross Domestic Product growth rate.

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2012 Employment Snapshot, by Jones Lang LaSalle

According to the U.S. Employment Update by Jones Lang LaSalle, December saw national payrolls expand by 155,000, slightly above the monthly average of 152,900 for 2012 as a whole. Consistent with trends throughout the year, total non-farm and office-using employment saw 1.4 and 1.9 percent year-on-year growth.

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Construction Employment Outlook to Improve in 2013, by Associated General Contractors of America and Computer Guidance Corporation

Significantly more construction firms are planning to increase staff in 2013 according to the Associated General Contractors of America and Computer Guidance Corporation survey, Tentative Signs of a Recovery: The 2013 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook.

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Senior Housing Named Third Most Promising Market for Construction Work, by The JAGG Group

The JAGG Group 2013 Guide to the U.S. AEC Markets ranks 40 markets served by architecture, engineering, environmental and construction companies, supported by analysis and insight from experts, practitioners and economists. Apartments and projects related to natural gas development rank first and second, respectively.

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The New Reality for Life Sciences, by Jones Lang LaSalle

Facing pricing pressure and the need to control operating costs while boosting R&D productivity, life sciences companies are making ever-more calculated decisions about their site selections and facilities investments for R&D, sales, marketing and manufacturing, according to the Jones Lang LaSalle’s 2012 Global Life Sciences Cluster report.

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Global Office Market to Stabilize in 2013, by Cushman & Wakefield

According to the Cushman & Wakefield Global Office Forecast 2013-2014, the global office market will stabilize in 2013 with slow growth being the norm. While some regions will experience increased activity later in the year, noteworthy growth is not expected in the majority of locations until 2014 and beyond.

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Trends in Law Firm Space Planning, by Jones Lang LaSalle

The legal profession continues to be dynamic in space requirements and real estate needs, with ratios of professionals, office sizes, usage of libraries and filing volume just a few of the evolving elements, says the Jones Lang LaSalle 2012 Law Firm Perspective report.

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Office Demand Surges in Fourth Quarter 2012, by Cassidy Turley

U.S. office markets absorbed 20.1 million square feet (msf) in 4Q12, up from 7.1 msf in the previous quarter, resulting in the strongest quarter of demand for office space since 2007, according to research by Cassidy Turley.

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Five Reasons to Consider Mexico for Logistics, by Jones Lang LaSalle

According to Jones Lang LaSalle, Mexico is an increasingly attractive supply chain location when looking to access the United States and elsewhere. Improving supply chain infrastructure and growth in truck shipping are two of the five reasons Mexico provides industrial opportunities.

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Retail Macro Trends for 2013, by ChainLinks Retail Advisors

Retailer expansion will continue to be driven by two trends in 2013: bifurcation driven by the weakness of the middle class consumer and the long-term impact of e-commerce, according to the 2013 U.S. National Retail Report by ChainLinks Retail Advisors.

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Emerging Trends Between Urban and Suburban Locations, by Transwestern

Central Business Districts that have a high concentration of technology companies are creating opportunities for landlords, both inside and outside the urban core, says the 4Q12 Insights+Trends+Opportunities report by Transwestern.

Rockefeller Group Distribution Center, Tucson, Ariz.

Outside the Box Industrial Strength Challenges in the 21st Century

E-commerce, supply chain optimization, logistics, transportation infrastructure, and labor force availability. What do these terms mean and how do they impact industrial real estate? Find out how today's industrial users, investors, and developers are addressing these and many other challenges as they conduct business in the 21st century.

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Work Life Balance

The concept of Work Life Balance is defined as one's accomplishing daily achievement and enjoyment - two very simple goals. This panel of successful real estate professionals discuss what methods that help achieve this goal have worked for them, and learn about some ideas that might work for you!

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E-Commerce and How it Will Change Industrial Real Estate

The global consumer shift toward electronic-commerce, mobile device supported commerce, and social media supported commerce is changing how the retail and warehouse industries operate. This session provides you with a broad view of the new and growing logistics sector, and presents the new supply chain decisions, building types and site selection parameters necessary to support the future explosive growth of this sector.

cover of the 2012 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey

2012 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey 

Is your salary and bonus package competitive? Find out with the 2012 NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Compensation Survey.

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2012 CEL & Associates, Inc. National Compensation and Benefits Report  

Is your salary and bonus package competitive? Find out with the 2012 CEL & Associates, Inc. National Compensation and Benefits Report.

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Panama Canal Presentation

Hear from NAIOP President and CEO Thomas Bisacquino as he shares experiences and knowledge gained during March's Commercial Real Estate Tour of Panama.

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Talent Realities: Finding and Developing Your Firm’s Next Leaders

"America's Aging Workforce" authors Sarah Sladek and Bob LeBombard named real estate as one of the countrys four fastest aging industries. In this program, NAIOP vice president Sheila Vertino will share concrete examples of how you can attract, evaluate, develop and retain young talent to become the leaders of tomorrow at your company.

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The Borderless Marketplace: Repositioning Retail and Warehouse Properties for Tomorrow

Today’s shift from retail support to individual order fulfillment will keep on creating new demands on transportation, logistics systems and warehouse and fulfillment center placement and configuration. In this Solutions Series program, Steve Schellenberg, Vice President for Business Development at IMS Worldwide, Inc. will discuss the implications of new electronic, mobile and social commerce on the retail, distribution and logistics industries.

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Food Distribution/Processing Trends in This Growth Market

The food supply chain is a rapidly changing environment. In this Solutions Series program, Chris Cummings explores what the food supply chain consists of and the trends affecting building design.

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Intermodal Rail Network Capital Improvements Bolster East Coast's Competitiveness

After losing market share in the nation’s container traffic to their West Coast rivals, the East Coast ports and their railroad allies anticipate the competitive balance will soon shift in their favor. In this program, Leonard Sahling outlines the various capital improvements being made in the East Coast's intermodal rail network and then addresses their real estate implications.

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An Upside to the Real Estate Downturn: Stronger Real Estate Firms

Real estate veteran Stan Ross shares his visionary insights on how to take the right steps to stay in business, and emerge stronger from this downturn than when it began. Find out what's necessary to apply transformative changes to your business.

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Checking Your Market's Position on the Office and Industrial Clocks

Feels like the market is nearing the bottom, but how close are we and which markets will lead or lag the recovery? In this program, Ben Breslau from Jones Lang LaSalle provides some insights with their office and industrial "clocks," which demonstrate where each market sits within its real estate cycle.

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Implementing a Social Media Policy and Plan in the Real World

Since 2008, Barton Malow has been training staff to use social media sites as business tools for recruiting, corporate communications, sales and marketing. Marketing manager Dana Galvin, CPSM shares lessons learned of launching a social media program within a firm.

Lakeview South XII - Pleasant Prairie, Wisc.

The U.S. Manufacturing Rebound

For decades, the offshoring of manufacturing jobs has dominated the industry, driven by Chinese factory wages that were a tenth of U.S. pay. Now we are starting to see some of those jobs come back, with well-known companies. In this presentation, Jack Schultz, CEO of Agracel, Inc., shares the facts about manufacturing in the United States today, and why manufacturing is a powerful driver of economic wealth.

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Using Your Mobile Device to Connect to Critical Real Estate Information on the Fly

Ready to take your mobile device to the next level, and make it an even more valuable tool for staying ahead in the real estate business? John McDermott interviews best-selling author, technology forecaster and iPhone application creator Dan Burrus about ways that real estate professionals can tap into critical information on the fly.

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What Can We Learn From Past Downturns?

A conversation with "seasoned" developer Aaron Paris about surviving past downturns in the industry, and strategies to beat this current one too.

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What to Cut, What to Not: Strategic Cost-Saving Approaches for Your Business

Are you unilaterally slashing expenses and reducing head count to improve your company's bottom line - perhaps at the expense of future stability and growth? This presentation offers tips for taking a more strategic approach to cutting costs.


2017 NAIOP/CEL Commercial Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Report (Office/Industrial-Retail) 

Is your salary and bonus package competitive? Find out with the 2017 NAIOP/CEL Commercial Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Report (Office/Industrial-Retail). This is a digital download publication.


2017 NAIOP/CEL Commercial Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Report (Office/Industrial-Retail-Residential) 

Is your salary and bonus package competitive? Find out with the 2017 NAIOP/CEL Commercial Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Report (Office/Industrial-Retail-Residential). This is a digital download publication.


NEW! 2018 NAIOP/CEL Commercial Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Report (Office/Industrial-Retail-Residential) 

Is your salary and bonus package competitive? Find out with the 2018 NAIOP/CEL Commercial Real Estate Compensation and Benefits Report (Office/Industrial-Retail-Residential). This is a digital download publication.

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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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Make Capital Expenditures or Capsize Economy, Cautions Report, by Colliers

Capital expenditures on transportation infrastructure are required by ports and inland distribution markets to make the most of economic opportunities from changing global trade patterns and evolving ecommerce, according to a new Colliers report: North American Port Analysis: CapEx or Capsize. Those that do not make the necessary investments risk capsizing their economies.