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Tis’ the Season of Shopping: 4 Highlights from the 2017 Holiday Retail Survey

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By: Arthur Itkis, JLL Vice President, Retail and Jared Imperatore, JLL Vice President, Retail

The holiday shopping season is upon us and retailers are gearing up for a record-breaking season. JLL’s 2017 Holiday Forecast Report surveyed 300 global and national retailers for some insight into what we can expect this season, as well as consumer insight into what, where and when they’re purchasing gifts.

1. Kicking the Holiday Shopping Season Off Early

While there is much debate about when to officially start holiday shopping, this year, Americans will give themselves plenty of time to complete their holiday shopping leading up to Christmas.

More than half of consumers will begin their holiday shopping before Cyber Monday with 30% of shoppers starting between Halloween and Thanksgiving. However, 18.3% of Americans will wait until two weeks before Christmas to begin purchasing gifts. Once out and about, nearly 40% of consumers will visit six or more stores while shopping, with another 17% planning to visit ten or more stores.… Read More

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: July 2017

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Every month, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights mixed-use retail strategies, the transformation of healthcare real estate, and the rise of retail drones.

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Modern Shopping Centers Require a Mix of Space, Place and Management

With some 109,500 shopping centers located in the U.S., more retail property managers are beginning to realize the value of using strategic designs to improve the shopping experience. Competing with e-commerce companies and physical retail spaces, managers must now seek new ways to create an environment where customers want to spend money without making the experience seem artificial.

In efforts to stimulate future developments, the Van Aken District in Cleveland began transforming its former transit hub into a vibrant, transit-oriented mixed-use space. The project is expected to bring over 100,000 square feet of retail space, 60,000 square feet of office space, a parking garage and a residential apartment complex to the city by 2018.… Read More

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: May 2017

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Every month, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights retail store experiences, startup work styles and how to tap into today’s talent pool.

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Brick-and-Mortar Retail Stores Create Customer-Centric Experiences

With today’s retail landscape more competitive than ever, traditional brick-and-mortar retail stores, malls and shopping outlets are finding new ways to attract shoppers. In order to pull shoppers away from online shopping, malls in particular are focusing more on the shopping experience, rather than sales or discounts.

To expand their offerings, developers have begun adding restaurants, activity centers, movie theaters, pop-up shops and more to deliver on an all-in-one experience.

Some malls and shopping centers are turning to events to attract shoppers. Food truck festivals, concerts, and carnivals are becoming more common. These events can generate as much as $60,000 in revenue per year for malls. Physical retail stores and malls hope these events give shoppers an experience that online shopping can’t match.… Read More

Commercial Real Estate News Brief: February 2017

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In the latest edition of our monthly news brief, JLL’s regional team curates the top commercial real estate industry articles to keep you in-the-know. In this month’s edition, JLL spotlights executives’ optimism within the industry, varying supply rates and the changing retail landscape.

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New Survey Highlights CRE Executives’ Optimism on Industry Outlook

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New research released by KPMG LLP finds just over half—52%—of commercial real estate (CRE) executives believe improving real estate fundamentals will be the largest driver of their firm’s revenue growth this year.

A number of factors contribute to the overall positive outlook for executives, including an expanding economy and consistent interest in Class A properties in the U.S. Following the 2016 presidential election, financial markets are also expected to loosen, which will likely improve capital flow.

With improving financial markets, many companies are also expecting their real estate investment to increase. Approximately 22% of companies anticipate an increase between 5 and 10%. Due to an overall positive outlook in foreign investment, new investment in real estate will come from both existing investors and new market players.… Read More

2016 Holiday Shopping Expectations Reach New Highs [Survey]

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By: Arthur Itkis, JLL Vice President, Retail

The holiday shopping season is in full swing and this year retailers are gearing up for a busy season. As the U.S. economy continues its upward climb, it’s not surprising that holiday sales will follow. But, to take a more holistic look at holiday shopping behavior, JLL research surveyed both shoppers (about 2,800) and retail managers (roughly 300) for the 2016 Holiday Forecast.

Read on for top trends from this year’s report.

Wrap Up the Year with Peak Spending and Sales

Compared to 2015 holiday spending, JLL experts are calling for a hefty increase this year—4% to be exact. In fact, 66% of shoppers intend to spend up to $750 on holiday gifts this year.

The Baby Boomer generation reported that they will spend the most this season, with 54% of their demographic spending more than $750 on holiday gifts. Comparatively, millennials have the lowest holiday budget; most plan to spend between $251 and $500. Millennials say low prices is the most important factor when considering holiday gifts, whereas Baby Boomers and those over age 70 reported quality as the most important factor.… Read More

Retailers: 2015 Holiday Shopping Revenue Looks Merry and Bright (REPORT)

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By: Mary Bresnahan, Vice President with JLL and Melissa Ruther, Vice President with JLL. 

The 2015 holiday season is projected to be merry and bright for retailers across the country. JLL recently conducted its annual Holiday Sentiment Report, which revealed retailers’ expectations and preparations for the upcoming holiday shopping season.

So what’s so special about this year? For one, the U.S. unemployment rate is at its lowest since 2008, which means more spending money for shoppers.

The calendar also plays a significant role in influencing consumer shopping patterns this year. With Christmas falling on a Friday (the first time this has happened since 2009), 71% of retailers predict after-Christmas shopping will boost holiday sales. The shopping season is also longer this year, with the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas extended by one day. The majority of retailers (68%) expect the extra day to have an impact on sales.

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Among the hustle and bustle of what looks to be a promising holiday season for retailers, how can your shop stand out and make a splash? Below we’ve identified three tips that will help drive sales, increase foot traffic, and unify the in-store and online shopping experience.… Read More

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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Retailers Ring in the Holidays with a Focus on In-Store Customer Experience (REPORT)

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By: JC Pelusi, Market Leader, Managing Director, JLL 

JLL HolidayDeloitte reported that total holiday sales are forecasted at $981 to $986 billion, up from $602 billion spent last year, according to the NRF. That’s a lot of potential business—and competition—for retailers.

Not surprisingly, new data from JLL’s 2014 Holiday Sentiment Report found that 77 percent of retailers still feel the holiday season is their most critical time. The survey, which includes feedback from more than 800 national and global retailers in JLL-managed shopping centers across the country, also found that the number of in-store shoppers is expected to increase, or remain stable, this year. 

Why does it matter? Retailers have the chance to compete with e-commerce, and create a charming, memorable customer experience.

JLL’s survey revealed a few ways in which retailers are going above and beyond this holiday season.… Read More

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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Keeping Pace with Millennial Impact on CRE Demand

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By: JC Pelusi, Great Lakes Market Director, JLL

Below is an excerpt from an article that was originally published by Heartland Real Estate Business (www.REBusinessOnline.com), reposted to this blog with permission from the Editor. Visit the full article for a more detailed look at how millennials are shaping  commercial real estate demand.

Downtown ClevelandIt’s no secret… Read More