Development Magazine Summer 2015

Perspectives

Sound Bites from NAIOP’s E.CON: The E-commerce Conference

Sound Bites from NAIOP’s E.CON: The E-commerce Conference in Atlanta  

“We are working very hard at Wal-Mart to shift with consumer spending. E-commerce is at a 15 to 20 percent growth rate overall. Our rate is somewhere north of 25 percent.” Robert Zelis, vice president, supply chain, Wal-Mart 

“Logistics costs dwarf land costs, especially with traffic getting worse every day.” Stan Conway, executive vice president, Majestic Realty Co. 

“Outside of the Wal-Marts and the Amazons, most true e-commerce users are not taking million-square-foot buildings. But they are looking for sales tax incentives, workforce quality and being close to UPS and FedEx hubs so they can ship products at a reasonable cost.” Scott Belfer, senior vice president, CBR

“E-commerce isn’t just small boxes, it’s the large stuff as well.” Michael Landsburg, vice president of real estate, NFI Industries, a company specializing in the shipment of odd-shaped and oversized items 

“Infill locations near major markets will be the big winners.” Nick Firth, senior vice president, acquisitions, LaSalle Investment Management

From the Archives: Perspectives Articles from the Previous Issue

head shot of Joseph Stettinius

CEO on Leadership: Joseph Stettinius, Jr., CEO of the Americas, DTZ 

Insights from the new Americas leader of DTZ and former CEO of Cassidy Turley, which merged with DTZ earlier this year.

head shot of Steve Martin

Getting to Know Steve Martin 

Taking on the role of NAIOP chairman is both a thrilling and a humbling experience, and Steve is honored that NAIOP members are putting their confidence in him. Development magazine asked him some questions about his goals as chairman and his outlook for the industry.