New advances in technology are reshaping the retail community – bringing new ways of streamlining processes and helping retailers become truly customer-focused. RILA’s article in “Industry Outlook” discusses the key to providing the level of service that consumers expect. IWLA’s article focuses on key objectives of today’s warehouse logistics firms and the business aspects impacting the warehouse logistics industry. Consumer demands, global sourcing challenges and limited capacity across multiple transportation modes force every retailer to take continuous looks at their distribution network. Our “Logistics” article will help you ask yourself questions to ensure proper site selection. Be sure to read the area “Spotlights” provided by Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Wisconsin. These articles give valuable information and encourage you to consider locating your next facility in their area.
You’ll read in our automotive “Feature” about one of the fastest growing trends in site location being the demand for certified industrial sites. Companies want sites that are ready-to-go and relatively risk free. With the megasites certification program, TVA has made it possible for sites with the necessary attributes in place and the due diligence completed to receive advanced certification. Another mega industry is the aerospace sector. After taking a hit in the months after 9/11, the aerospace market has recently experienced strong growth, due in part to defense related spending. Our aerospace “Feature” article showcases the dynamics at play in this market pertaining to strategic location management. The state “Spotlights” (New Jersey, Arkansas, Louisiana and Kansas) give you their perspective regarding the impact these industries have on their respective economies and present strong cases for locating your next facility in their area. In addition, you’ll enjoy reading our...
According to the recent reports by numerous federal agencies, the economy is starting to grow. Even with the ever increasing oil prices, manufacturing and employment are increasing. In this issue we explore the intricate balance of growth, site selection and expansion for North American manufacturers, and the resources and options available to you. One “Feature” article outlines the strategies necessary for successful location management. Another “Feature” focuses on the ways that manufacturers can enhance their business by operating in FTZs. Accompanying this article is an insert detailing the location of the functioning FTZs in the U.S. As always, we have looked to leading national associations for their views on the economy in our “Industry Outlook” columns. SPI paints a clear vision of the future, while NAM showcases key issues facing the economy and manufacturing. For even more information, look to the area “Spotlights” (South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri and Ohio)...
The past 10 years have seen the advent of what may have been called the technology revolution. The growing discoveries using “new” sciences such as nano- and bio- technology prove that we are only at the beginning of a technological shift. It has become apparent that the lines among the technology, bioscience and healthcare industries are becoming less and less distinct. Be sure to read our article covering the emerging integration of these markets and their similar site selection needs. As always, we have also looked to the leading industry associations to give us a clear picture of what lays ahead. Thebio-industry “Outlook” showcases the latest state-by-state study of bioscience initiatives, while the technology industry “Outlook” focuses on the leading “Cyber-States” for technology. These, combined with our unique dedicated columns (“Case Study,” “Profile” and “Impact”) provide ample evidence of successful research and development regions. For even more information, look...
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