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First Look - Forces Changing the Supply Chain and Retail Sector 

By: Elizabeth Sherrod, managing editor and research director, NAIOP Fall 2012

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 trend and its affect on the physical location of warehouses, distribution centers and retail stores, is detailed in the report,“The New Borderless Marketplace: Repositioning Retail and Warehouse Properties for Tomorrow.”

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Tech Takes - Is There a Cloud Over Your Computer? 

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor, Development Fall 2012

Cloud computing is not the wave of the future, it’s the present. You are probably using the cloud right now if you are using social media or have a Gmail account.

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Succession Planning: Start Early, Communicate Openly 

By: Ron Derven, contributing editor, Development Fall 2012

It’s never too early to plan an exit from a company, but if succession planning efforts are poorly handled, it could be a recipe for disaster. That is according to Al Marco, principal, Trovato Group, a national executive search and consulting firm specializing in real estate.

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New Voices - Technology’s Role Across Generations 

By: Denise A. Sena, senior communications manager, NAIOP Fall 2012

At the April 2012 National Forums Symposium, the Industry Trends Task Force discussed their use of personal technology devices and social media in their work and personal lives.

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New Voices - The New Face of Mentorship 

By: Matthew Jon Picken, mentorship committee co-chair, NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter, and vice president, Brookfield Financial Fall 2012

Mentoring programs are not what they used to be. Just as business networking has changed with the introduction of LinkedIn and other social media sites, traditional mentoring programs have also transformed to address the needs of the young professional joining the workforce.

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The New Investor Favorite: Mexico or Brazil? 

By: Claudia Avila Connelly, executive director, Mexican Association of Industrial Parks (AMPIP) Fall 2012

In the past, Mexico’s most frequent global image was that of an unsafe country, trapped in gang drug wars. Brazil was seen as an emerging country with a growing economy, and cheerful people who enjoy soccer and samba. Mexico has not successfully improved its international reputation, whereas Brazil has effectively repositioned its nation, noted Simon Anholt, British expert on country branding.