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Counselors Of Real Estate Discuss Drones, Cyber Security, Social Media

Counselors Of Real Estate Discuss Drones, Cyber Security, Social Media

When Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) members from around the world gathered recently in Charlotte, NC for the 2015 CRE Annual Convention, they received insights into what will drive a wide array of real estate and economic decisions in the future. Observations and predictions about big box retail, drones, logistics, healthcare, the world economy and immigration, cyber security, and social media highlight the centrality of issues around real estate and technology. Representing no single property specialty, The Counselors’ organization aims to provide balanced perspectives on critical issues affecting commercial and residential real estate. The seven key takeaways from the organization’s convention program in late October 2015 follow… 1. Big Box retail will not surrender to e-commerce. In a panel discussion led by Michael MaRous, CRE, president of MaRous and Company, a real estate advisory firm in the Chicago area, panelists see retail adaptation as not only necessary, but crucial. Big box chains can create small formats that work in the urban core and larger formats in selected shopping centers, but all must also integrate with internet shopping.  Finding a format that is compatible with the needs of the customer is essential. 2. Drones are not novelties, toys, hazards or nuisances. They are essential tools that will open doors for smart users of the technology. Drones can provide information in real time, and in locations not easily accessible by conventional transportation.  Noah Shlaes, CRE, managing director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Chicago, moderated a panel of experts in remote sensing technology. He said, “Drones are more affordable and available than ever, making aerial data gathering a mandatory piece of the real estate tool set.” Panelists noted that drones are not only being used by real estate brokers, but to create geothermal scans of buildings, in humanitarian efforts, disaster information gathering and relief efforts, motion pictures, and even tracking tidal patterns.  3. With the right infrastructure, anywhere can be the center of the world.  This insight came from Jerry Orr, former director of the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, in a program session focused on logistics and its impact on the real estate market. Speakers described how mega-sized ships; expanded ports; global distribution via truck, rail and air; increased regionalized warehousing; and both suppliers’ and retailers’ promises of same-day delivery are providing ever-expanding opportunities in real estate and its supporting infrastructure.  As a result, smaller cities can become bigger players in the world economy. 4. Healthcare is now laser-focused on real estate. The consolidating healthcare industry can be compared to consolidation of the banking industry in the 1980s and 1990s. According to the… …Read More…

Employee Activists Spark A New Social Movement

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Study from Weber Shandwick indicates that 21% of employees are “employee activists” and 56% of employees actively defend their companies and serve as first responders. Also, employees with socially encouraging employers are significantly more likely to help boost sales than employees whose employers aren’t socially encouraging.

Workplace Trends Report: 12 Key Issues and Solutions for Business Leaders


Report identifies leading marketplace indicators focusing key people and community centric workplace practices that create competitive advantage for organizations and value for employees. It also stresses how facilities management is essentially now a strategy and not just a tactic, or worse yet, an afterthought.