The Great Decoupling and What It Means for Industrial Real Estate

Beginning slowly in the 1970s and picking up pace in the 1990s, businesses from numerous countries started outsourcing manufacturing to China to benefit from a ready and affordable workforce. As this trend picked up speed, the country eventually gained the nickname “The World’s Factory.” Consequently, for most of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, you could find “Made in China” stamped on virtually everything from consumer electronics to furniture to athletic wear. Things change, however. For various reasons, China has begun to lose its ... Read More

How to Get Control Over Your Inventory Management with a 3PL

Some of the issues various supply chain stakeholders have had with keeping items on the shelves trace back to their inventory management practices. Though inventory management is critical to successful supply chain management, many businesses struggle to scale their inventory management capabilities with their sales growth. As a result, such organizations find themselves reliant on insufficient processes long past the point where they should’ve implemented technology and automation. Some signs that your inventory management capabilities need work may include: Experiencing frequent stockouts Regularly discovering stockouts ... Read More

Not in My Backyard: Warehouse Edition

It's no secret that warehouses may produce excess noise, generate vehicle traffic, and otherwise inconvenience occupants of surrounding residential areas. However, a warehouse boom continues to grip the country as retailers seek to meet ever-growing demands for e-commerce fulfillment. In the face of excessive demand, developers and other industrial real estate stakeholders have been forced to seek properties outside traditional industrial areas. As warehouses spring up nearer to residential properties, those residents have begun to push back with a battle cry that's hardly new to ... Read More

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