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The Blockchain Revolution: Is Commercial Real Estate Next?

There’s probably no way you’ve been in Cleveland over the past 6 months and haven’t heard of Blockchain. Blockchain is a shared digital ledger of transactions recorded and verified across a network of participants in a tamper-proof and visible chain and has implications and potential for countless industries, including Commercial Real Estate. The Blockland Solutions Conference … Continued

Why Mentorship Matters: A Two-Way Value Exchange

Mentorship means paying it forward by recognizing and nurturing the potential in another professional. This is particularly meaningful for women who have so much to gain from a mentor’s guidance on how to successfully lead in a male-dominated industry. The WIN Mentorship Program is designed to offer our young women opportunities that encourage them to continue to … Continued

Warehouse On-Demand? There’s a Service for That.

By Ben Conwell Whether it be transportation, hospitality, or food delivery, on-demand services have become entrenched in our daily lives. Now, the idea is entering the industrial real estate sector via technology platforms that connect organizations in need of warehouses with those that have extra space. Sounds straightforward, right? And the platforms are seeing success, too. … Continued

Department Stores – Urban Destinations or Retail Dinosaurs?

By Alistair Parker After half a century of decline, are department stores merely the dinosaurs of a past retail era or are they possibly the harbingers of future urban destinations? Despite large scale closures over the past decade in North America and Europe, there have been a surprising number of new store openings. Companies like Karstadt, … Continued

To 3PL or Not to 3PL

By Richard Hamilton Retailers may face significant challenges when expanding further into online/eCommerce business. Some of these may involve issues in supply chain management. Probably one of the largest obstacles is developing an effective fulfillment strategy. When it comes to making this decision, it is advisable to review the possible benefits of using a 3PL (third-party … Continued

Staying at the Forefront of Wellness with Well Living Lab

By Despina Katsikakis, Alex Spilger and Allison Kim It’s no secret that the health and well-being of your employees tie directly to their overall productivity and ultimately your company’s bottom line. Or that providing a healthy environment is critical to attracting top talent in this increasingly competitive environment.  Most companies are well aware of these facts … Continued

Why Space Matters: Concessions

By David Smith There are opportunities coming for occupiers to find softer commercial real estate markets across the country. Factors driving this trend include increased construction in some markets and a pending slowdown in hiring that decreases demand for space, even as companies continue to shrink the amount of square footage allocated per each employee. All of this … Continued

Two Healthy Building Certifications on MOB Owners’ Radar

By Drew Arvay Medical office buildings and other healthcare facilities follow strict protocols for cleanliness, accessibility, and maintenance. But can a building actually improve the health of its occupants?  Two major healthy building certifications — WELL Building Standard® and Fitwel® — dare to do just that. The two building certifications focus on the health and well-being … Continued

Why Space Matters: Parking

By David Smith Ride-sharing options are on the rise, and more employees than ever before are working from home or remotely. And yet, in 2018, the competition for landing a parking spot outside an office building is fierce. The average monthly cost for an office building parking spot ended 2017 at $183, which was up 6.4% … Continued

Why Space Matters: Amenities

By David Smith Everyone, it would seem, is focused on experience as a differentiator in their business. Customer experience. User experience. Employee experience. Customer experience is the way that retail stores are competing with eCommerce disruption. Technology firms obsess over user experience to ensure intuitive software is pleasurable and personal. Companies engaged in a historically competitive … Continued

Space Matters: How Competition for Talent is Changing the Workplace

Space matters. It’s one of the core tenets of the commercial real estate industry. As companies face continued competition, corporate real estate is one their best tools to attract and retain top talent. But what goes into the space companies want has also shifted over the years. Some of the most significant changes to the … Continued

Density. Parking. Amenities. Allowances. How does your market stack up?

By David Smith The current economic expansion, now the second longest in post-war history, continues to roll onward at a steady pace. This sustained growth is creating fierce competition for high-quality labor in most industries. Savvy commercial real estate executives are working alongside senior leadership in human resources and members of the C-suite to develop real estate … Continued