Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles That May Help You This Week

February 19th, 2018

Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week! 

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The Quiet Rise of the Downtown Tech Campus
“This concentration in cities is fairly recent. For decades, the tech industry was associated with what Joel Kotkin famously dubbed “Nerdistans”—low-slung suburban office parks surrounded by oceans of parking. The notorious tech buses that shuttled urban-dwelling workers to and from these facilities in the Bay Area were an early indication that techies were no longer content to live in the suburbs. Increasingly, it appears that they’d rather not work there either.” www.citylab.com

The WeWork Manifesto: First, Office Space. Next, the World.
“It can be tempting to dismiss WeWork as just another overvalued start-up that is high on its own rhetoric and flush with easy money from naïve investors. With little more than faddish interior design, free beer and an invitation to socialize with strangers, Mr. Neumann claims to have conjured up a whole new paradigm for white-collar workers — and for education — and vows that it can change the world.” www.NYTimes.com

When Malls Saved the Suburbs From Despair
“I can’t help but think that Americans’ days of hating the mall are numbered. When it gets replaced by Apple Town Squares, Walmart Supercenters, and the online-offline slurry of an ever-rising Amazon, we will miss these zoos of capitalism, these prisons of commerce, where consumerism roared and swelled but, inevitably, remained contained.” www.theatlantic.com

Google’s Guinea-Pig City
“In October 2017, (Sidewalk Labs) announced its most ambitious project yet: transforming the underdeveloped Toronto waterfront into an affordable, eco-friendly smart neighborhood—a little model town to showcase Sidewalk’s innovative technologies and urbanist ideas. For the privilege, Sidewalk has committed $50 million to a year-long, joint-planning process with Waterfront Toronto, an urban-development corporation.” www.theatlantic.com

After 7 Months of Working from Home, I Discovered a Productivity Hack that Keeps Me Focused All Day
“It turns out scenery changes may also boost productivity in traditional office settings. According to Ron Friedman, an organizational psychologist and the author of “The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace,” great companies design workspaces that “facilitate the work their employees do. No single environment is effective for every task, which is why more and more companies are creating hybrid spaces that offer employees a range of uses,” Friedman writes.

Indeed, companies like Etsy, Spotify, and Facebook, to name a few, offer in-office employees various comfortable, inspiring, and spacious communal and individual workspaces as alternatives to a desk.” www.businessinsider.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles That May Help You This Week

February 12th, 2018

Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week! 

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The Amazon-ification of Whole Foods
“In the broader context of Amazon’s ambitions—to build an operating system for the home, to expand into pharmacies and health care, to become a hit-making television production studio—this is the logical next step in turning Prime into the ultimate “life bundle,” a single membership program to bind consumers to every possible commercial need. As Amazon extends into more product areas, it can own both the search platform and the product, so that when a dad says to the smart speaker on his counter, “Alexa, I need brown rice and pork,” the product that arrives is an Amazon-branded box containing Amazon–Whole Foods–branded rice and pork.” www.theatlantic.com

How WeWork Has Perfectly Captured the Millennial Id
“WeWork is the world’s leading co-working company and the sixth-most-valuable start-up, according to VentureSource. Last year it was valued at $20 billion, a staggering sum for a company renting out short-term office space, mostly to small businesses and freelancers. But like Uber and Airbnb, WeWork positions itself grandly, as a disruptive revolutionary. It promises to “humanize” work, making the office a more creative place, with the right lighting, the right snacks, and, crucially, the right people.” www.theatlantic.com

If You’re So Successful, Why Are You Still Working 70 Hours a Week?
“Long hours are most common in managerial and professional occupations. This is something of a recent trend. In the old days, if you were a white-collar worker, the deal was that you worked as hard as you could at the start of your career to earn the right to be rewarded later on, with security of tenure and a series of increasingly senior positions. In professional organizations, such as law firms, accountancy firms, management consultancies, and investment banks, the prize was partnership. The competition was relentless, but once you won the prize, it was yours for keeps. Partners had autonomy to choose how and when to work and what to work on. Of course, some senior partners spent a surprising amount of their “business development time” on the golf course, but that was OK because they had already paid their dues to the organization.” www.hbr.org

The False Choice Between Automation and Jobs
“The catch is that adopting these technologies will disrupt the world of work. No less significant than the jobs that will be displaced are the jobs that will change—and those that will be created. New research by the McKinsey Global institute suggests that roughly 15% of the global workforce could be displaced by 2030 in a midpoint scenario, but that the jobs likely created will make up for those lost. There is an important proviso: that economies sustain high economic growth and dynamism, coupled with strong trends that will drive demand for work. Even so, between 75 million to 375 million people globally may need to switch occupational categories by 2030, depending on how quickly automation is adopted.” www.hbr.com

Workplace Changes Are Accelerating: Why And What Millennials Should Do About It
“Change is to be expected, unfolding at a constant rate as new generations replace old generations, and as old ideas become obsolete. But here’s the thing; in today’s world, change isn’t unfolding at a constant rate—it’s unfolding at a faster and faster rate. The rate of change in today’s workplace is accelerating, and if you aren’t prepared, it could dramatically impact your career.” www.forbes.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Office Party? Atlanta Market 2018 Forecast

2017 was a mighty fine year for Atlanta office real estate. Macro events such as tax law changes, a roaring stock markets, very healthy corporate profits and strong employment numbers helped corporate America have a pep in its collective step, and Atlanta was no exception.

As I look deeply into my crystal ball and based on reading, and conversations with economists and market experts, I’ve begun to true up some predictions for 2018 in seven areas:

Thanks Dow Jones Industrials! You Rock!

Development
The goal in 2018 for corporate America in 2018 is employee engagement. Read another way, employers want you to want to come to the office. On the development side, this is dramatically impacting what architects are drawing and where building is occurring. Infill development will continue to thrive. Buildings will continue to strive to look “authentic,” like Hines’ T3 development which will consist of a 200,000 heavy timber frame and wood building planned at Atlantic Station. Authentic design can be achieved using the right materials or by retrofitting an older building – the organic approach to real estate.

The Emergence of the City Center
Maybe the 1950’s are coming back to life in reimagined small town America. Seven city center projects are proposed or under construction around metro Atlanta including the Braves Stadium know as the Battery, Avalon in Alpharetta, City Springs in the City of Sandy Springs,  Assembly in Doraville and others. People like working in a dense environment, but want to enjoy the cheaper housing and larger yards of the suburbs. Some have said the city center concept is the 21st century mall.

Rental Rates
Next year, rental rates on most classes will stop climbing as fast as they did in 2017 and concessions start to return in certain markets like Central Perimeter. I also believe there will be an uptick of subleases as growing companies are forced to move their operations in order to expand. There’s been an increase towards the end of 2017 and we believe there will be even more of this activity in 2018. The one exception to this forecast is newly delivered class A which is the hottest product in our city. Corporations with a pocket book will continue to drive rates in sexy new product to the highest our town has ever seen.

Office Product Types
As always, the market will continue to be a tale of the haves and the have nots. Rental rates notwithstanding, the haves will remain the most popular among tenants that can afford them and investors who pine for the latest and greatest. Take Three Alliance for example. The building experienced a rapid lease-up and has now traded for an historic price. Class B product with inefficient floorplates and lack of support amenities won’t experience near the rental rates of trophy Class A. Expect to see a trophy tower launch in an urban market with much more infill urban development/redevelopment. Finally, urban industrial product is becoming more attractive for redevelopment into creative loft office.

Tenant Demand
Last year, corporate America was catching its breath and approaching with caution because of uncertainty around administration, tax policy and the general business environment. However, with the Dow up 5,000 points in one year, which has never happened in history, the business economy is, and will remain, robust. I believe there will be continued organic growth and M&A activity in 2018. In board meetings and planning meetings, which are taking place right now, I believe businesses are planning for expansion in 2018. In 2017, many companies were a question mark, and that has turned into an exclamation point for 2018.

Capital Markets
In 2018, we anticipate cap rates will remain steady for suburban product. In the suburbs, there were misalligned expectations between sellers and buyers. Sellers forecasted continued rental rate increases, but buyers didn’t agree.  One can anticipate further cap rate compression in high rise urban and “cool” infill product – where she stops, nobody knows.

Technology
Next year will also be the year that the “internet of things” (IOT) begins to have a real impact on commercial real estate. It will rapidly improve the operating efficiency of commercial real estate, and it will be interesting to see what sort of role it will play for building owners and managers, as well as tenants. Building systems will let us know when they need service and save on labor cost. Maybe they’ll bring you coffee at 2 in the afternoon, too.

I saw a beautiful sentence in the Wall Street Journal recently: “investors have abandoned defensive positions, throwing caution to the wind.”  As you complete returning all those gifts back to Amazon, let’s hope Santa is in a good mood all year in 2018. This economy is the gift that keeps on giving.

Let’s keep this ball rolling, shall we?

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles That May Help You This Week

February 5th, 2018

Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week! 

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How to Build Trust with Colleagues You Rarely See
“When you exchange pleasantries with a co-worker in the elevator, the two of you are building trust. When you stop by a colleague’s office and see their family photographs on a desk, you learn about that person’s life outside the office and, as a result, usually feel closer. Face-to-face meetings, office parties, and opportunities to socialize together after working hours can all contribute to the feeling that your fellow employees will be reliable in what they say and do and that they will act for the good of the team and the organization. You believe they are trustworthy because you’ve developed this feeling over time.” www.hbr.org

What No One’s Telling You About Writing That Book
“…because it’s so easy to self-publish a book these days, too many people are focused on the fact they can publish one rather than wonder if they even should. And too many never stop to consider what it takes to make the book work for them. They put their blood, sweat and tears into a book, publish it on Amazon and then wonder why nobody is buying it. Or worse, they throw together a PDF with a few famous quotes, call it a “book,” and publish it. Again, nothing happens. But, hey, they have a book!

When there are so many ways to build authority, a book for book’s sake without the follow through to make it successful is a total waste of time. Having the book, in and of itself, is not going to do the thing everyone is talking about. People waste a lot of time writing books without ever having a clear understanding of why they’re writing it in the first place. Don’t make that mistake! If you’re considering writing, here are a few things you should consider.” www.forbes.com

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The Mental Benefits of Vacationing Somewhere New
” I believe that travel should routinely be used to achieve the opposite: to get out of your comfort zone, expose yourself to uncertainty, and eschew rest for exploration and learning. The result is personal growth — greater emotional agility, empathy, and creativity. A recent trip to Sri Lanka, with an unexpected stop in Thailand, led me to think more deeply about the positive impact of adventures that challenge us..” www.hbr.org

When Public Speaking Panic Sets In, How To Be As Bold As Richard Branson
“It’s true to say I’m a natural introvert, but from my experience, shyness is a problem you can overcome. All it takes is practice. If you’re an introvert and find it difficult to communicate with strangers you have to practice, practice and practice – but practice being yourself.”

The point he makes is that when you are first starting out, no one expects you to be a commanding leader or a world-class orator. The key lies in conveying a sense of passion for what you’re doing to whttp://workplaceinsight.net/us-workers-increasingly-prioritise-flexible-working-personal-development-status in over an audience.” www.forbes.com

Workplace Changes Are Accelerating: Why And What Millennials Should Do About It
“Change is to be expected, unfolding at a constant rate as new generations replace old generations, and as old ideas become obsolete. But here’s the thing; in today’s world, change isn’t unfolding at a constant rate—it’s unfolding at a faster and faster rate. The rate of change in today’s workplace is accelerating, and if you aren’t prepared, it could dramatically impact your career.” www.forbes.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles That May Help You This Week

January 29th, 2018

Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week! 

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GDP Grew 2.6% at Year End, Extending Strong Stretch (paywall)
“Eight years into what has been an unexpectedly slow expansion, the U.S. economy appears to have picked up steam.

Business executives have reported solid quarterly earnings in recent weeks and pointed optimistically to investment and hiring plans for 2018, supported in part by federal tax cuts. Stock prices keep churning higher.” www.wsj.com

Three CRE Jobs That Will Change With The Rise Of Predictive Analytics
“After speaking with hundreds of commercial real estate professionals during the development of our real estate predictive analytics platform, we’ve realized that although everyone wants to capitalize on big data and predictive analytics, few people have a solid understanding of the impact emerging predictive analytics technologies could have on jobs.

There are three commercial real estate jobs I believe will be fundamentally disrupted by the power of predictive analytics and machine learning. After the widespread adoption of predictive analytics products in real estate, chances are good the roles of these professionals will look much different.” www.forbes.com

Tax Incentive Puts More Robots on Factory Floors (paywall)
“New tax rules are hastening automation and modernizing in U.S. factories by giving manufacturers an incentive to buy machinery and boost productivity in a tight labor market. For the next five years, the revised tax code allows companies to immediately deduct the entire cost of equipment purchases from their taxable income.” www.wsj.com

US Workers Increasingly Prioritize Flexible Working and Personal Development Over Status
A new survey from LinkedIn and Harris claims that the priorities of US workers are shifting in the new world of work. Where once they would have craved the status of a corner office, they now hanker for personal development, flexible working and autonomy and many see work largely as a means to pay bills. A growing number of professionals are also keen on developing side projects away from work that they believe are more closely aligned with their personality and interests, according o the study of 2,000 people.” www.workplaceinsight.net

Amazon’s Checkout-Free Store Makes Shopping Feel Like Shoplifting
“Just as striking as the shopping experience was the scene outside, where there’s evidence that the company famously seeking a second home city is still gobbling up its first. South of the store was territory the company has already colonized—gleaming office towers where 40,000 employees work, expensive apartments where many of them live, glassy domes filled with rare tropical plants. Across the street, four cranes sprouted from a hole in the ground that will eventually anchor another office tower.” www.theatlantic.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles That May Help You This Week

January 22nd, 2018

Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week! 

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3 Commercial Real Estate Trends To Watch In 2018
“Political and economic uncertainty has pervaded the past year, with the U.S. economy showing signs of growth amid low inflation and a distressed retail segment in 2017, as accountants struggle to understand all the implications of the recently passed changes to the tax laws and Europe prepares for Brexit. Here’s a look at three commercial real estate trends to watch in 2018.” www.forbes.com

Office Party? Atlanta Market 2018 Forecast
Yours truly pens a post: 2017 was a mighty fine year for Atlanta office real estate. Macro events such as tax law changes, a roaring stock market, very healthy corporate profits and strong employment numbers helped corporate America to have a pep in it’s collective step. And Atlanta was no exception.

As I look deeply into my crystal ball and based on reading and conversations with economists and market experts, I’ve begun to tune up some predictions for 2018 in seven areas… www.blog.cushwake.com

Stop Neglecting Remote Workers
“Employees want to feel connected to one another. In a recent Globoforce study about the value of work relationships, 87% of respondents said they trust their coworkers and 93% said it’s important to have colleagues think highly of them. These bonds stoke engagement and commitment to the company. Cisco found that face-to-face relationships in particular are a boon to effective collaboration, which improves productivity, efficiency, and innovation.” www.harvardbiz.com

Warehouse Boom Continues, Sector Poised for more Growth in 2018, Says Report
“As Amazon’s continued retail expansion requires more and more square feet get absorbed into the company’s warehouse empire, the value of industrial real estate has climbed. A new report from Cushman & Wakefield, the national commercial real estate brokerage and consultancy, predicts that this particular market will only continue to boom” www.curbed.com

Holiday Retail Sales Soared, With Biggest Increase Since Recession
“Shoppers came out in force during the holidays, driven by a strengthening economy, high consumer confidence and rebuilding efforts after a season of natural disasters across the country.

Retail sales during November and December increased 5.5 percent, to about $692 billion, from a year earlier, according to data released on Friday by the National Retail Federation.

It was the largest increase in holiday sales since the recession of 2008, exceeding the federation’s forecast of $682 billion, or growth of about 4 percent.” www.nytimes.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles That May Help You This Week

January 8th, 2018

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

What’s the Verdict on Urban vs. Suburban CRE Investment?
“In the past, urban assets have outperformed suburban asset returns in both office and multifamily sectors. From 1996 to 2016, suburban multifamily fell behind its urban counterpart by 80 basis points, while the suburban office sector underperformed urban by 110 basis points.

The present spread between urban and suburban multifamily is consistent with its long-term average at 81 basis points, meaning there is currently no worthwhile advantage to investing in suburban assets when considering the long term.” www.nrei.com

San Francisco’s Skyline, Now Inescapably Transformed by Tech
“SAN FRANCISCO — The skyscraper came late to this city, a shipping and manufacturing hub for much of its existence. The wealthy roosted on the hills and the masses toiled on the flats and the docks. Everyone lived close to the ground in a setting renowned for its natural beauty.

Now the things being shipped are virtual, and vast amounts of office space are needed to design, build and market them. Salesforce, a company that did not exist 20 years ago, will take up residence on Jan. 8 in the new Salesforce Tower, which at 1,070 feet is the tallest office building west of the Mississippi.” www.nytimes.com

Piedmont CEO Says Supply, Demand in Equilibrium Across Office Sector
“From a balance sheet perspective, Piedmont is “probably in the best position we’ve ever been,” according to Miller. The company expects to close on the sale of 14 assets in early January, which should reduce Piedmont’s leverage to its lowest level to date, he noted.

As for individual market performance, Miller noted that the Sun Belt region is probably the strongest right now. Chicago and Minneapolis are performing “quite well,” while Houston is probably the weakest market, he said. Washington, D.C. continues to be “a little bit of a drag on us,” Miller added.” www.reit.com

The Future Of Home Business Technology
The idea of a physical workplace is being replaced by the idea of conducting businesses from your own home. It’s easier now — we can create a virtual office and marketplace through the internet. You can take care of all aspects of the business from home and find the right balance between personal and professional life. 

Not only do home business owners save time and energy, but they are putting technology to the right use.” www.inc.com

Not Driving to Work Is the Hot New High-End Job Perk
“The percentage is down a little for lower- and middle-income workers since 2005, although it’s hard to detect much of a trend in either direction since the last recession. Among those making $75,000 or more, though, there’s been a significant decline since 2005, and it is continuing. Just as a reality check for Bloomberg’s many well-remunerated readers: Only 18.4 percent of U.S. workers made $75,000 or more in 2016, according to the ACS; the median was $35,815. (These numbers are all for individuals; median household incomes, also released last week, are higher.)

So while a big majority of higher-income workers still drives to work, that percentage is shrinking in a way that it isn’t for lower-income workers. How are those higher-income workers getting there instead? Well, public transportation…..” www.bloomberg.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles That May Help You This Week

December 18th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Tax Overhaul Could Be Big Win for U.S. Real Estate Investors
“Owners and developers of commercial real estate stand to gain from a new tax break for “pass-through” entities, which don’t pay corporate tax but instead pass income through to their owners’ individual tax returns, according to the report, by Cushman & Wakefield Inc. The House and Senate have reached a tentative agreement to create a 20 percent deduction for pass-throughs, which the report notes are responsible for 61 percent of investment in U.S. commercial real estate.” www.forbes.com

If You Aspire to Be a Great Leader, Be Present
“..he came to understand that, even though he was in the same room with someone, he wasn’t always fully present. He let himself become preoccupied with other activities or let his mind drift to other things. And, most of all, he’d listen to his inner voice when someone was talking. Because of his lack of presence, people felt unheard and frustrated.

Our inner voices are the commentaries we lend to our experiences. They often say things like, “I wish he would stop talking.” Or, “I know what she’s going to say next.” Or, “I’ve heard this all before.” Or, “I wonder if Joe has responded to my text.”

To truly engage other human beings and create meaningful connections, we need to silence our inner voices and be fully present — and being more mindful can help.” www.hbr.com

The End of the Office? How Working From Anywhere Is Changing Everything
“When I tell people that I work from wherever I want, whether it be home or a friend’s office, I am generally met with a bit of scorn or a response that points out how “lucky” I am. Actually, I’m just getting to experience what millions of people are already living: the mobile office.

Office space has undergone marked changes in the past few decades, with wooden desks being replaced by customizable cubicle walls and desks, then shifting to many of the new open-office designs we see now. This evolution is continuing as businesses realize that mobile technology is keeping workers away from the office more than ever. Here are some of the ways we are seeing the change.” www.inc.com

The Future Of Home Business Technology
The idea of a physical workplace is being replaced by the idea of conducting businesses from your own home. It’s easier now — we can create a virtual office and marketplace through the internet. You can take care of all aspects of the business from home and find the right balance between personal and professional life. 

Not only do home business owners save time and energy, but they are putting technology to the right use.” www.inc.com

Not Driving to Work Is the Hot New High-End Job Perk
“The percentage is down a little for lower- and middle-income workers since 2005, although it’s hard to detect much of a trend in either direction since the last recession. Among those making $75,000 or more, though, there’s been a significant decline since 2005, and it is continuing. Just as a reality check for Bloomberg’s many well-remunerated readers: Only 18.4 percent of U.S. workers made $75,000 or more in 2016, according to the ACS; the median was $35,815. (These numbers are all for individuals; median household incomes, also released last week, are higher.)

So while a big majority of higher-income workers still drives to work, that percentage is shrinking in a way that it isn’t for lower-income workers. How are those higher-income workers getting there instead? Well, public transportation…..” www.bloomberg.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles That May Help You This Week

December 11th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

How Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Made One of the Toughest Decisions of His Career
“I went to my boss and said to him, ‘You know, I’m going to go do this crazy thing and I’m going to start this company selling books online.’ This was something that I had already been talking to him about in a sort of more general context, but then he said, ‘Let’s go on a walk,'” Bezos relates.

After two hours strolling Central Park and talking, Bezos’s boss impressed upon him that, even though his business idea was solid, he had a lot to lose. “He convinced me to think about it for 48 hours before making a final decision,” Bezos reports. “So, I went away and was trying to find the right framework in which to make that kind of big decision.”

His wife said she was happy to support him either way, so she couldn’t be the deciding factor. What could be? Bezos settled on the idea of “regret minimization.” www.inc.com

The Technological Race to Find You a Place to Park
“Technology has already started to solve the problem of squeezing into a space, with automatic parking features taking the pain out of parallel parking. Now it is trying to solve the other headache: finding a spot in the first place.

A slew of apps can predict where on- and off-street spaces will be available, direct you to them, reserve a space and let you pay for the spot through your smartphone. And manufacturers are beginning to add those capabilities to their vehicles’ navigation screens. BMW, one of the first to do so, is making the functionality of the Parkmobile app available through the navigation system on many of its 2018 models.” www.nytimes.com

Why Do We Still Commute?
“It’s true that, since the rise of the Internet, we report we are working from home more than we did before. But computers and smartphones didn’t replace the office—they’ve just kept us tethered to it when we’re not there. The vast majority of us still travel to work most days: only about 2.8 percent of the total workforce says they work from home “at least half the time.” It’s a reality reflected in commuting data: Since 1980, when the U.S. Census Bureau started collecting data on this issue, the average daily commute of Americans has increased roughly 20 percent, with the typical worker now commuting over 26 minutes each way.” www.citylab.com

Six Workplace Trends For 2018
“Technology has significantly impacted business models in nearly every sector,” Said Alan Stukalsky, chief digital officer, Randstad North America. “The growing STEM skill shortage, AI both disrupting and creating jobs and talent driving a shift toward agile work arrangements is a lot for employers to keep up with. It requires progressive thinking to find talent and meet short and long-term needs. We’re still in the Infancy of most of this, but digitization will advance the pace of change in the labor market and workforce in 2018.” www.facilityexecutive.com

Demand for New Jersey Warehouse Space Skyrockets
“The online-shopping craze that is tying up package delivery-systems around the U.S. is sparking a frenzy in New Jersey’s commercial real-estate market. Despite a feverish pace of construction in recent years, tight inventories and surging demand are driving rents for New Jersey warehouse space to new highs, according to a report.” www.wsj.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles That May Help You This Week

November 27th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Grand Buildings Help Keep Macy’s Afloat
What Macy’s does have going for it is real estate — a vast network of more than 600 stores across the country. Macy’s real estate, with an estimated value of $16 billion, is worth more than the company’s market value of $6.4 billion, according to an analysis by Cowen, the investment management and banking firm. Many of its oldest stores are a developer’s dream — soaring spaces with ornate exteriors in the heart of major American cities.” www.nytimes.com

Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.
“…a growing body of evidence shows that over all, college students learn less when they use computers or tablets during lectures. They also tend to earn worse grades. The research is unequivocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them. It’s not much of a leap to expect that electronics also undermine learning in high school classrooms or that they hurt productivity in meetings in all kinds of workplaces.” www.nytimes.com

Amazon’s Landlord: How The E-Commerce Boom Is Propelling Warehouse King Prologis To New Heights
“Because if you believe in e-commerce, you believe in Prologis. While internet shopping has devastated demand for traditional retail spaces, it has had the opposite effect on industrial real estate. Amazon is Prologis’ largest tenant, occupying 16 million square feet. (Prologis is also Amazon’s largest landlord, accounting for 13% of the warehouse space it operates.) Why? Getting a book to you in less than 48 hours (Amazon Prime’s promise) means already having it–and several thousand other items–nearby when you order.” www.forbes.com

Why Do We Still Commute?
“It’s true that, since the rise of the Internet, we report working from home more than we did before. But computers and smartphones didn’t replace the office—they’ve just kept us tethered to it when we’re not there. The vast majority of us still travel to work most days: only about 2.8 percent of the total workforce says they work from home “at least half the time.” It’s a reality reflected in commuting data: Since 1980, when the U.S. Census Bureau started collecting data on this issue, the average daily commute of Americans has increased roughly 20 percent, with the typical worker now commuting over 26 minutes each way.” www.citylab.com

The Future Of Retail In The Age Of Amazon
“But here’s the thing about the Mall of America: It’s fighting back. “I hear all this doom and gloom in the industry,” says the mall’s SVP of business development, Jill Renslow, with an upbeat, Midwestern delivery. “I’m like, ‘Folks! Keep your chin up! There’s so much opportunity!’ ” The mall completed a $325 million expansion in 2015, says Renslow, who started working there as an intern in the mid-1990s and has seen it endure recessions and upheaval before. A new 342-room JW Marriott has opened upstairs, and retailers like Zara and Anthropologie are being lured to the space. The mall is experimenting with new leasing models to attract pop-ups and younger players like Untuckit and Toms Shoes.” www.fastcompany.com

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Ken