Aug 24, 2017
James joins Aaron Ahlburn, George Cutro and Chad Buch to learn
more about how retailers use warehouses both in
the Midwest and across the nation.
Chicago is one of the nation's largest industrial markets. The
city is within a one-day drive of 26% of the U.S. population. Many
major retailers have millions of square feet of industrial space
there. In addition, third party logistics companies (3PL's)
handle outsourced logistics for many more retailers.
Expensive and seasonal goods fly into the city
at O'Hare airport. Intermodal, the transportation
of goods along multiple modes of transportations through the use of
shipping containers, has started to move out of the city to places
like Joliet to avoid the congestion of the city proper.
Ecommerce warehouses, as opposed to traditional ones, require
higher ceilings, more AC, more power, more car parking - all
the more to handle the many workers required to pick and pack the
high volume of online orders.
is the director of retail research in the
Americas for JLL.