Business - Trends

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Effective Workplaces Survey 

“U.S. workers are struggling to work effectively. A confluence of factors, from economic challenges to longer workdays, is compromising the ability to get work done.” So concludes Gensler’s “2013 U.S. Workplace Survey,” which represents the responses of 2,035 randomly sampled knowledge workers worldwide. How can developers, architects, and employers better design work-places to drive innovation, improve performance, and increase satisfaction, given new workplace realities? The report offers some tantalizing suggestions.

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Four Trends Spurring Growth of Inland Ports 

Inland ports that serve the Midwest and other interior sections of the country should continue to experience strong growth in the future, according to Curtis Magleby, senior managing director and regional head, U.S. Capital Markets West, for Cushman & Wakefield; Michael Berry, president of Hillwood Properties; and Stephen Crosby, president of CSX Real Property, all of whom spoke at NAIOP’s I.con: The Industrial Conference in Los Angeles in June.

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Key Messages on U.S. Manufacturing 

Over the past several years, numerous studies and articles have touted the “reshoring” of manufacturing jobs to the U.S., leading readers to believe that large numbers of net new manufacturing jobs will be created here. A recent study prepared for and funded by the NAIOP Research Foundation — written by L. Nicolas Ronderos, New York director of Regional Plan Association — concludes, however, that the net result of this reshoring trend will be stabilization of manufacturing jobs rather than net growth.

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Ross Minority Program in Real Estate Expands to San Diego 

The University of Southern California’s Ross Minority Program in Real Estate — an executive education platform that equips women and minorities with critical real estate knowledge and leadership skills while also broadening options for investment in urban communities — is holding its first-ever San Diego program this fall.

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Speedy Delivery Drives Five Supply Chain Trends 

Omnichannel retailing and increasing consumer demands for same-day delivery are forcing retailers to adapt their supply chain networks and store formats to remain competitive as the market is increasingly driven by e-commerce. Jones Lang LaSalle believes that retailers’ supply chains will change so much as a result of these evolving demands that they will be completely unrecognizable in just five years.

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The View from I.con: Industrial Market Expands 

More than 500 of industrial real estate’s leaders gathered at NAIOP’s I.con: The Industrial Conference in Los Angeles on June 5 and 6 to discuss trends, debate ideas, and share news and views of the industry and where it is headed. The industrial sector continues on a strong recovery path, driven by consumption, real trade, and real GDP, according to Gene Reilly, 2013 NAIOP chairman and CEO of the Americas, Prologis, who spoke at I.con’s opening luncheon.

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Welcome to New Jersey: Breaking the Bridge Barrier to Allow Big Ships 

Following a finding of “no significant impact” by the U.S. Coast Guard in April 2013, a construction permit for the raising of the Bayonne Bridge roadway finally was issued on May 23 and welcomed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at a press briefing in June attended by hundreds of cheering construction workers. The “Raise the Roadway” project should begin before the end of the year, according to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

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By the Numbers: Data Impacting Commercial Real Estate  

A table showing the economic contributions from the development of commercial real estate buildings from 2010-2012.

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Annual University Real Estate Challenge Is Key Real Estate Event in Colorado 

The future of the real estate industry lies with the next generation of professionals set to graduate from university degree programs. In order to attract these students to real estate, the industry must find ways to engage them and increase their interest. NAIOP Colorado has developed a program that does just that — and has done so for the past 10 years.

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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, during a presentation to the NAIOP Corporate Board of Directors at the NAIOP National Forums Symposium held in Chicago, IL.