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Why Multi-Story Warehouses are Coming to America

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on JLL Real Views

For warehouses looking for space to grow in many of America’s big cities, the only way to go is up.

Take New York City. The rise of e-commerce and same-day delivery is ramping up demand for industrial space in one of the country’s biggest consumer markets. That demand is colliding with the city’s chronic land shortage — and city restrictions aimed at easing traffic congestion — leading some property developers to plan multi-story warehouses.… Read More

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: May 2015

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights foreign commercial real estate growth in the U.S., developer interest in Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon project, and brand journalism trends in real estate.

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Foreign Commercial Purchasing Surges on U.S. Soil

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In the first quarter of 2015, “commercial real estate transactions increased 45 percent by dollar volume,” according to research from Real Capital Analytics Inc., reported by Bloomberg. Demand is back—it’s raised competition among desirable properties, and encouraged investors to buy more rapidly throughout primary and secondary markets.

According to Real Capital, “Real estate deals surged $129 billion during the three months through March, marking the most active start to a year since 2007.”

Related Read: Aim Higher: JLL Presents The 2015 Digital Skyline

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Commercial Real Estate News Brief: April 2015

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, Detroit combines auto and tech industries for resurgence, and JLL leads by example in best practices for corporate office space and capital planning.

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Detroit: No Longer Just the Motor City

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Detroit has always been known as the Motor City. But, as more and more young tech professionals flock to Detroit, the city’s identity evolves. Crain’s Detroit Business suggests that, in addition to automotive resurgence, the city is also becoming a national hub for technological innovation.
JLL research would agree, ranking Detroit among the top 34 high-tech markets in its latest High-Technology Office Outlook.

Luckily for Detroit, automotive technology is more sophisticated than ever before. In fact, companies like Google and Apple are developing autonomous cars. According to the article, “the auto industry has morphed into something very new, very different and very high tech.”

As Detroit’s tech industry grows, alongside an evolving auto industry, “Detroit is ready to drive itself to new levels of excellence and entrepreneurship on the brand-new road ahead,” according to Crain’s.

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Commercial Real Estate News Brief: March 2015

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights industrial growth in downtown Columbus, best practices for real estate investors, and the value of hiring a project manager.

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Downtown Columbus Characterized by Strong Industrial Demand

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For both office and industrial space, Columbus is undergoing resurgence. On the industrial side, JLL’s Dan Wendorf told The Columbus Dispatch, “All the groundwork Columbus has laid the past few years is really coming to fruition.”

Thanks to consumers’ online shopping preferences, more and more warehouses are coming to central Ohio. According to JLL’s Columbus industrial report, industrial vacancy dropped from 12.4 to 6.1 percent.

You might be thinking, ‘Why Columbus?’ When it comes to transportation of goods, you can reach 47 percent of the national population within a ten-hour drive. Another big benefit: The low cost of doing business makes Columbus very professional-friendly. With 2.5 million square feet added during the fourth quarter of last year, Ohio’s capitol city can anticipate continued growth.

Download the full report for more information, Columbus: The Nation’s Industrial Hot Spot.

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Why Investors Look to Ohio for Industrial Real Estate (REPORTS)

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By: Robert Kramp, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, JLL, Midwest and Great Lakes Region

Ohio is a hot spot for industrial investors across the nation. In May 2014, a Minneapolis-based real estate investment group bought a $43 million, 767,000-square-foot portfolio in Northeast Ohio. Another example: A Chicago-based company purchased a 465,000-square-foot Columbus warehouse for $8.5 million in September.

The list of similar, out-of-state investors goes on. It’s more than a trend; Ohio has become an industrial hub. JLL research released three reports, spotlighting related activity in three of the nation’s most active cities—Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus.

Why Ohio?

  • The Heart of It All: Ohio is America’s heartland. When it comes to location, it has set up shop right on the nation’s metaphorical Main Street. With major airports, highways and rail lines intersecting throughout the state, Ohio is nationally and internationally accessible. Ohio’s transportation infrastructure is ideal for convenient and cost effective delivery.
  • Affordability: The Midwest, overall, dominates when it comes to cost-friendly living. A whopping five cities in Ohio made Forbes’ America’s Most Affordable Cities list, including Cincinnati and Columbus, as well as Dayton, Akron and Toledo. Housing affordability, cost-of-living index, and the methodology the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses for rankings of the Consumer Price Index were used to determine which cities made the cut.
  • Nurtures Business Success: From Cardinal Health and Google, to Kroger and The Limited Brands, many of America’s top Fortune 500 companies are already doing business in Ohio’s major cities.

In terms of industrial focus, three Ohio cities stand out among the rest, offering cost effective and opportunistic landscapes.

Cincinnati: Industrial and Logistics Hot Spot 

When it comes to local Fortune 500 companies (per million residents), Cincinnati beats out New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. Thanks to the low cost of business and favorable tax structure, Cincinnati’s environment is highly competitive, and therefore, has attracted both local and foreign investors. Currently, more than 50,000 Cincinnatians are employed by foreign-owned businesses.

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Over the past year, Cincinnati experienced increased commercial real estate activity from the e-commerce and manufacturing sectors. eBay is a key example, which recently pre-leased a 631,000-square-foot warehouse. Additional big-name manufacturing companies doing business in Cincinnati include GE and Proctor and Gamble.

  • More than 3 million square feet of space under construction.
  • 70% of space under construction is speculative.
  • More than 4 million square feet absorbed in 2014.

Check out JLL’s full report for more insight and statistics on Cincinnati’s emerging industrial scene.

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How Low Gas Prices will Impact the Office Market (SLIDESHARE)

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By: Dan Adamski, Managing Director, JLL

For the first time in years, filling up isn’t getting us down.

Diesel prices sitting below $3 are welcomed by consumers, especially as the holidays arrive. In June of this year, gas prices reached $3.68. Now, they’re as low as $2.73, according to AAA. The drop in gas costs hit quickly, and its impact on multiple industries varies.

The Situation: Oil Prices Fall Worldwide

For the first time in five years, the price of one barrel has dipped below $70, which is down from more than $100 per barrel in the last five months. Causes for the drop in costs include:

  • Excess supply and little slow down in production
  • Drop in overall demand, due to slower economic growth in China and lower levels of oil consumption in Europe
  • Strict fuel standards (good news for the environment) and a sharper focus on energy efficient practices

The biggest cause, however, is supply. There are three million more barrels a day in the global market now than there was in 2011. Combined with a new focus on sustainability and weaker demand, it’s no wonder that prices have decreased.

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Industrial Distribution Networks Evolve to Accommodate E-commerce [REPORT]

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By: JC Pelusi, Great Lakes Market Director at JLL

Largely due to emerging markets, B2C e-commerce spend will hit $1.5 trillion in 2014, according to a recent study from eMarketer.

Online shopping is the ultimate convenience. And thanks to evolving distribution center design and strategy, retailers are able to deliver online orders in a timely fashion. So, how have retailers evolved the structure of industrial real estate to meet consumer expectations? Below, JLL researchers recap the evolution of retail logistics over the past 40 years.

See JLL's whitepaper, E-commerce Boom Triggers Transformation in Retail Logistics, for details.
Along with looking back across the last four decades, JLL’s retail team also looks ahead to answer the question on the minds of many in industrial real estate: What’s on the horizon?

According to JLL’s recent whitepaper, E-commerce Boom Triggers Transformation in Retail Logistics, a new class of retail distribution centers has emerged, including a variety of distribution and fulfillment centers, hubs and warehouses. Below we’ve outlined three of the top trends driving change in retail logistics facilities.

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3 Demands Driving Distribution Center Design

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By: AJ Magner, Managing Director at JLL & Joe Messina, Senior Vice President at JLL

Parts of Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania are home to major distribution centers, including Procter & Gamble, Eddie Bauer, lululemon athletica and, tentatively, Amazon.com. Thanks to accessible highways, an inventory of economical land opportunities and the historically low-cost labor markets, the region houses prime real estate for warehouse facilities.

Distribution centers are the backbone of retail industry operations. They are at the core of all product management, inventory, storage and shipment.

According to JLL’s researchers, recent advancements and trends have influenced layout designs of warehouse facilities to change. Stay ahead of the game, and ensure your warehouse operations are up-to-speed by investigating the top demands driving design concepts for distribution centers.

Top Demands Driving Distribution Center Design

Demand 1: Sustainability Keeps Costs Down 

To account for inherent transportation costs, and also balance out the escalating prices of fuel costs and wages, energy efficiency has moved to the forefront of design. Skylights, LED lighting, daylight harvesting and solar panel installations help to conserve energy and cut costs, requiring less electricity to illuminate the facility. 

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3 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Industrial Market Conditions

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By: Dan Wendorf, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Logistics / Industrial at JLL

Across the country, the industrial market has been slowly recovering for more than four years. According to recent JLL research, “the national vacancy rate is moving closer to its cyclical low of 7.5%, which is expected to be reached by mid-2014.” In many markets across the Midwest, we are also seeing record low vacancy. In fact, Q1 2014… Read More

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: January 2014

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Commercial real estate is a dynamic industry. Keep up with Spaces’ monthly recaps of the most valuable industry articles we’ve recently come across, focused on news in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. 

Midwest Millennials Fuel Workforce Urbanization  

JLL_Feb-NBIn a recent article for REBusiness Online, JLL’s Great Lakes Market Director JC Pelusi discusses how Midwest millennials… Read More