Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles That May Help You This Week

July 30th, 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.

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Here’s How America Uses Its Land

From sea to shining sea!

www.bloomberg.com

The 5-Hour Rule Used by Bill Gates, Jack Ma and Elon Musk

“Productivity expert Choncé Maddox writes, “It’s no secret that successful people read. The average millionaire is said to read two or more books per month.” As such, she suggests everyone “read blogs, news sites, fiction and non-fiction during downtime so you can soak in more knowledge.” If you’re frequently on the go, listen to audiobooks or podcasts.” www.entrepreneur.com

Her Company Was Growing, So Why Was It Failing?

[Podcast] “Just Between Friends is a nationwide franchise that runs consignment events. About a decade ago, it experienced a crazy jolt: It sold more franchise units than it ever had… and that fast growth nearly bankrupted the company. Why? Because here’s the difficult truth about growing a business: Not all growth is equal. Sometimes, growth in one part of your business can harm another part of your business. So to fix the problem, Just Between Friends had to hit pause and consider some very important questions: What’s the right way to grow? And what does it really take to get there?” www.forbes.com

The Freshest Ideas Are in Small Grocery Stores

“Most North Americans still buy their food at the classic supermarket, with its wide aisles and seemingly limitless choices. But stores like Kroger, the nation’s largest chain with more than $105 billion in sales in 2017, are being cannibalized by a host of discount competitors like Dollar General and Aldion one side, and by the growing dominance of Amazon and online delivery on the other.

“By and large, supermarkets are kind of behind the eight ball” in responding to changes in how people shop, said Diana Smith, the associate director of retail and apparel for the market research company Mintel.

Customers, especially younger ones, want stores that offer what some industry analysts have come to call “food experiences,” with craft beer on tap, meals to go and vegetable butchers. They tend to shop only when they cook, visiting more than one store to collect ingredients, rather than making a weekly trip to stock the pantry with toilet paper, chuck roast and gallons of milk.” www.nytimes.com

Truckers Looking to Haul in More Profits

[Paywall] “Trucking companies are hoping to turn the most robust freight market in a generation into stronger long-term financial footing.
Carriers are raising rates and investing in new equipment as a monthslong rally in transportation demand gives them the upper hand in setting prices with shippers.

Analysts expect strong results across the sector over the next two weeks as fleets report earnings. Capacity remains tight this summer, normally a slack period for freight, and some trucking companies are turning down loads for lack of available trucks.

“We should still see good margin performance from truckers,” said Brad Delco, a transportation analyst with Stephens Inc. “Supply-demand dynamics remain tight, and as a result pricing has been strong, partially offset by the need to raise driver wages.” www.wsj.com

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

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