Category Archives: Industrial Services

How E-Commerce Increases Demand for Labor

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April 25, 2017


With e-commerce driving industrial real estate demand nationwide, the need for warehouse labor has also increased dramatically.

From 2010 to 2014, e-commerce was the third most active industrial sector, accounting for 16.1 percent of all “big-box” transactions nationally, just behind traditional retail and consumer non-durables. However, over the last two years,Read More

Industrial Market Normalizing After Furious Pace of Recent Years

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April 4, 2017

By: Jeff Venghaus, executive vice president and industrial lead, JLL Houston

industrial market

While Houston’s industrial market remains quite healthy, it is in the process of normalizing following the frenetic pace of 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Case in point: First quarter leasing activity declined for the third consecutive quarter, settling at 2.2… Read More

Supply Chain Houston: One size does not fit all

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March 10, 2017

This is the second in a two-part series focused on exploring factors that make Houston a compelling destination for warehouse, distribution and fulfillment centers and what each of Houston’s top industrial submarkets have to offer developers and end-users from a supply chain perspective.

As discussed in the first part of this series, Houston makes a strong case as a link in major U.S. and global supply chains. However, the complexity… Read More

Supply Chain Houston: The Case for Logistics in the Bayou City

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March 2, 2017

This is the first in a two-part series exploring factors that make Houston a compelling destination for warehouse, distribution and fulfillment centers, and what each of Houston’s top industrial submarkets have to offer developers and end-users from a supply chain perspective.

Supply chain importance intensifies

Increasing transportation costs, the rising importance of sustainability goals and more demanding service requirements are pushing companies to be closer to their customers. However,… Read More

Strong Year for Industrial Market Ends Quietly

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Jan. 5, 2017

industrial leasingWhile industrial leasing activity was consistently strong over the course of Houston’s economic downturn, the sector experienced a drop-off in transactions at the close of 2016.

The total volume of deals signed in the fourth quarter fell to 1.8 million square feet, below the industrial long-term average of 2.1 million square feet.… Read More

Net Absorption Receives Boost, Underlying Fundamentals Remain Healthy

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Oct. 4, 2016

net absorptionQ3 2016 Houston Industrial Insight & Market Statistics

While its office counterpart deals with an ongoing deluge of sublease space, Houston’s industrial market remains healthy overall. The industrial market experienced a significant jump in absorption in the third quarter, namely due to the delivery of a 3.9 million-square-foot build-to-suit manufacturing… Read More

The Top 10 US Distribution Markets

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August 26, 2016

Distribution Markets

Rising transportation costs and demanding service requirements are pushing companies closer to their customers. As a result, real estate decisions about distribution warehouses are increasingly crucial.

When it comes to supply chain optimization, companies must ultimately make site selection decisions that pin their strategy to the ground. JLL Industrial Research identified 32 specific metrics to evaluate and rank industrial market performance from… Read More

Q2 2016 Houston Industrial Insight & Market Statistics

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July 6, 2016

industrial marketIndustrial market remains steady through mid-year

The Houston industrial market maintained solid fundamentals in the second quarter of 2016 despite notable headwinds in the overall Houston economy.

Although some companies are postponing expansion until things in Houston improve overall, consumer goods – driven by population growth and high retail demand – has compelled leasingRead More

Reverse Logistics: The Hidden Cost of E-Commerce

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June 9, 2016

reverse logisticsWith increasing online and mobile commerce, returns, and the amount of capital spent on reverse logistics strategies, are an unmistakable and a potentially growing friction point in the supply chain.

A fall 2015 report from the National Retail Federation cites that 49 percent of retailers offer free return shipping. Earlier this year, a Sedlak Management Consultant blog cited a Gartner Inc. survey… Read More

Vigavi Breaks Ground on New Design Build Project in La Porte, Texas

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June 2, 2016

Vigavi breaks ground

Left to right: Richard Quarles (JLL), Harry Cantrell (Financial Advisor for HydroTex), Preston Yaggi (Lee & Associates), Bill Cronauer (HydroTex), Jim Shaffer (HydroTex), Vidal Ramirez (Allegiance Bank), Troy Lovett (Vigavi) and Terry Kennedy (Munson Kennedy Partnership).

Yesterday, Vigavi Realty broke ground on a new design build project at Fairmont Industrial Center, located at 11802 Fairmont… Read More