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Tolliver's Take: Railroaded by the Railroad

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By Jason Tolliver, Regional Vice President 

It can be a constant challenge to keep a 3PL business on track, especially when rail car shipments are derailed.  This was clear this past fall and winter when increased demand and weather conditions created serious backlogs, intermodal train delays, storage constraints, and higher rail car premiums and transportation costs for shippers.  Although shippers big enough to have some clout with the railroads have expressed frustration with pricing and shipment delays, the hardest-hit shippers are the smaller customers, including 3PLs and their customers who feel railroaded by the railroad.

Washington DC is Up For the Challenge!

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By Katie Ross, Sustainability Project Manager

DTZ took part in the official launch of the Smarter DC Challenge, the citywide program supported by the District of Columbia for businesses and organizations to improve their sustainability measures. Along with 200+ attendees, including more than 30 organizations already committed to the Challenge, the event featured remarks from Tommy Wells, Director of the District Department of the Environment; Bill Updike, Interim Deputy Director for the Urban Sustainability Administration; Jeffrey Lesk, DC managing partner at Nixon Peabody law firm; Susan Kolodziejczyk, Senior Sustainability Executive at the National Geographic Society; Robin-Eve Jasper, Executive Director for the NoMa Business Improvement District; and DTZ's own Laurie McMahon, Vice Chairman. 

Finding a Link Between CRE Sustainability and Fitness Tracker Apps


By Katie Ross, Sustainability Project Manager

During a recent BOMA Webinar titled “Building a Sustainability Journey” I posed an unusual question to the audience:

Have you used a fitness tracker like a FitBit, Jawbone or Pedometer, or an app like RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal or Nike+?

Although the audience may have been confused as to what this question had to do with my presentation, they responded and we found that nearly half of the audience had used one of these fitness tracker devices. These innovative devices have become incredibly popular in the last few years as people try to hold themselves to their goals and track their daily activity.

Much like our audience finds value in measuring their footsteps, our team focuses on identifying and tracking metrics to demonstrate our success and shrink environmental footprints.

Industrial Real Estate Boom: What’s Driving the Demand for Space?

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By Kevin Thorpe, Chief Economist

The U.S. industrial sector is riding a wave of robust economic growth that began last spring, and all signs point to a continuing boom that could be the greatest in the sector’s history.  With fourth-quarter data in, our latest research confirms that the industrial sector has now absorbed over 500 million square feet of warehouse space since 2010. With virtually every industrial sector experiencing increased demand—from data processing hubs to distribution space and manufacturing centers—the four quarters of 2014 saw more demand for industrial space than in almost 20 years.

Q4 U.S. Office Trends: Absorption Rates Up, Vacancy Rates Down

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By Kevin Thorpe, Chief Economist

The strong economic close to 2014 wasn’t just a fluke. Our fourth quarter office research confirms a robust U.S. economy and office sector. Looking back at the last quarter, a number of economic factors contributed to solid growth in the U.S., including a drop in energy prices, a strong labor market, steady job creation and upward trends in consumer confidence.

Keeping the Wheels of Commerce Moving, Despite the Potholes

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By Jason Tolliver, Regional Vice President 

There are all kinds of holes: the delicious donut hole, the evasive loophole, the refreshing watering hole, the coveted hole-in-one and, of course, the dreaded pothole. We all have problems – mine is the winter pothole. 

New Year, New Beginnings in 2015


By Joe StettiniusChief Executive of the Americas

Each new year we look forward to a clean slate with the chance to take advantage of fresh beginnings, seize new opportunities and pass even greater milestones.  As Chief Executive of the Americas for DTZ, I am pleased to open 2015 – a year that is predicted to be a robust one for the CRE industry – with nothing but exciting possibilities and bright prospects. With an executive team that includes the leadership of Tod Lickerman, Global CEO of DTZ, and Brett White, former CEO of CBRE Group and our incoming Executive Chairman, our firm is positioned to meet our clients’ needs with the capabilities of a world-class firm while maintaining our commitment to a high-performance culture.

Are FASB and GAAP Finally Catching Up with the Capital Markets?

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By David Kamen, Senior Managing Director

Following the global financial crisis, U.S. and international accounting-standards boards defined their new strategy and proposed rule changes as an effort to increase transparency for investors. In theory, they’re right. Gone would be the distinction between operating and capital leases. Instead, companies will need to account on balance sheets for every material asset and include asset depreciation on income statements.

Tolliver's Take: U.S. Port Congestion Choking Supply Lines

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By Jason Tolliver, Regional Vice President 

Port slowdowns have cascaded through commercial supply chains for months, but things just got serious for sports fans. The beloved bobblehead is the latest victim of West Coast port congestion, with shipments of the wacky wobblers at anchor, forcing franchises around the world of sport to offer fans vouchers instead of the noble nodders. Vouchers instead of bobbleheads? Come on, man.

What Do Gas Prices Have to Do with Holiday Sales?

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By Garrick BrownVP of Research, West Region

After a strong fall of robust economic growth, we are rethinking our original prediction of a 3.5% increase in holiday sales. Since making our initial prediction, research findings and reports have revealed a strong U.S. economy, and the shorter-than-normal holiday shopping season no longer seems to pose the threat once feared to retail sales.

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