New Places and New Spaces for E-commerce Distribution

New Places and New Spaces for E-commerce Distribution: Three Strategies Bringing Industrial and Retail Real Estate Closer Together

By: Dustin C. Read, Ph.D./JD
May 31, 2022

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to examine three trends related to this convergence: the conversion of shopping centers to distribution centers, adding distribution uses to existing retail buildings, and the development of mixed-use properties that include both distribution and retail.

Seeing Past the Pandemic: Industrial Demand and U.S. Seaports

Seeing Past the Pandemic: Industrial Demand and U.S. Seaports

By: Brian Harper, Director of Data Science, Avison Young, and Aaron Ahlburn, Innovation Lead, Global Logistics, Avison Young
March 14, 2022

This research brief, authored by Avison Young, reviews historical trends in port activity, local logistics employment, and vacancies, rents and absorption rates in adjacent industrial markets. Building on observations from the historical data, a regression analysis of the relationship between changes in port activity, truck traffic and industrial space absorption demonstrates that changes in import volume have a substantial effect on occupancy in port markets.

The Evolution of the Warehouse

The Evolution of the Warehouse: Trends in Technology, Design, Development and Delivery

By: Steve Weikal and James Robert Scott
October 13, 2020

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to provide the real estate development community with insight into current and future trends in building and logistics technologies and their implications for industrial real estate. Steve Weikal and James Robert Scott, researchers at the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab, interviewed professionals specializing in industrial building design and automated systems to identify emerging trends that will be of interest to industrial developers, building owners and tenants.

Autonomous Vehicles

Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles: A Survey of Local Governments

By: David Dale-Johnson, Ph.D.
November 22, 2019

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to examine how local governments are preparing for fully autonomous vehicles and to explore how future AV related policies could affect the commercial real estate industry.

Construction Site

Addressing the Workforce Skills Gap in Construction and CRE-related Trades

By: Barry E. Stern, Ph.D.
July 11, 2019

The NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned this report to explore some of the contributing factors to the workforce shortage and how the construction and logistics industries can improve worker recruitment, training, productivity and retention.

Borderless Marketplace

The New Borderless Marketplace: Repositioning Retail and Warehouse Properties for Tomorrow

By: Curtis Spencer, IMS Worldwide
April 01, 2012

This whitepaper addresses trends and strategies needed and how the retail experience will change over the next five years.

How Fuel Costs Affect Logistics Strategies

How Fuel Costs Affect Logistics Strategies

By: Leonard Sahling
February 01, 2012

Rising fuel costs have caused freight transportation to become the largest, most volatile cost component of companies' supply chain/logistics operation, accounting for about 63 percent of total U.S. logistics costs and 6 percent of GDP. With companies under mounting pressure to contain or offset the increases in freight transportation costs, supply chain executives have been tasked with figuring out how to squeeze more capacity and efficiency out of the existing systems.

Trends in Global Manufacturing

Trends in Global Manufacturing, Goods Movement and Consumption

By: Curtis Spencer, President, IMS Worldwide, Inc.
September 01, 2010

This white paper looked at significant logistics drivers which may impact industrial space over the next 10 years, including an analysis of which ports will benefit by the expansion of the Panama Canal and how this will affect local, regional and inland industrial space in the distribution sector.

Trends and Industries driving Warehouse and Distribution Growth

Logistics Trends and Specific Industries That Will Drive Warehouse and Distribution Growth and Demand for Space

By: L. Nicolas Ronderos, Regional Plan Association
March 01, 2010

This research project identified the logistics trends and specific industries that will drive warehouse and distribution growth and demand for space over the next decade (2008-2018). Research is based on employee ratios, employment reports, and logistics building inventory.

New Age of the Trade of The Americas

The New Age of Trade: The Americas

By: Maria T. Sicola, Executive Managing Director, Research, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
January 01, 2009

The report provides strategic intelligence regarding the most significant trends shaping industrial markets across North America. Trends and issues influencing warehousing are covered, including NAFTA; the Panama Canal expansion; the role of major ports and South American growth in import and export.

US ports logistics

Select U.S. Ports Prepare For Panama Canal Expansion

By: Grace Wang, Assistant Professor, Maritime Administration, Texas A&M University at Galveston; Anthony M. Pagano, Director, Center for Supply Chain Management and Logistics, University of Illinois at Chicago
February 18, 2015

The report focuses on nine container ports on the nation’s East and South coasts: the East Coast ports of New York and New Jersey and Baltimore; the Southeast ports of Virginia, Charleston and Savannah; the Florida ports of Miami, Jacksonville and Everglades; and the Gulf port of Houston.