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Creating a Competitive Edge through Commercial Real Estate

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Commercial real estate can be a differentiator in today’s fast-paced logistics market, where success is measured by how quickly a product can be delivered into your customers’ hands. With the growing competition for logistics and industrial space, you need a partner who understands more than just real estate. You need a partner who understands your business. From supply chain and manufacturing, to last mile delivery, we understand the challenges you’re up against. That’s why we partner with clients to develop a real estate strategy that drives your business objectives by creating a competitive advantage through commercial real estate.

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Real estate is only one part of your overall budget, but it does make an impact on your overall operations. When approached the right way and used as a competitive advantage, you can mitigate risk and allow for flexibility—all while manufacturing and delivering your products faster. From site selection and labor analytics to network optimization, our people are adept at identifying and clearly communicating the optimal solution and what you can expect to pay in the process. 
  • Site Selection Strategy
  • Multi-Market Account and Transaction Management
  • Lease Negotiations, Renewals, Rent Reviews and Restructuring       
  • Supply Chain Optimization
  • Labor Analysis
  • Occupancy Cost Comparisons and Analysis 
  • Location Incentives Negotiations & Implementation
  • Build-to-Suit Construction Management 
  • Portfolio Administration
  • Facilities Management


Unlike other CRE firms, we offer the full gamut of end-to-end services to meet all your supply chain needs. Whether you’re in need of logistics consulting, supply chain strategy or facility design services, our industry-leading supply chain platform enables us to deliver a data-driven custom solution for your business, as well as design the operational processes, equipment and systems required to help you achieve your goals, all while saving you time and money.

Supply chain services include:

  • Network Optimization
  • Location Strategy & Site Selection
  • Workforce Profiling & Labor Due Diligence        
  • Distribution Center Design
  • Project Management
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Manufacturing Facility Design
  • Logistics Execution Systems Design & Implementation
  • 3PL Advisory


Clients don’t pick firms, they pick people, which is why we carefully curate a diverse team of on-the-ground professionals to execute a real estate strategy specifically tailored to your needs. We know a lot is on the line and time is of the essence, so we lead you through a clear and straightforward process, communicating with you every step of the way. Your success is our success, and we consider our team an extension of yours. 




As a third-party logistics provider, clients rely on you to handle the intricacies of complex logistics delivery without fail. So where can you turn to tackle your own challenges around business development, real estate evaluation, and contract negotiations?

We have practical experience, and a deep understanding of the supply chain challenges 3PLs face, making us a trusted partner in real estate strategy and execution.

Engage us to:

  • Create a purpose-driven real estate strategy that addresses the unique needs of a 3PL
  • Collaborate to win business by leveraging our knowledge of the intricacies of 3PL business pursuits across all your markets
  • Implement a customized site selection process that focuses on labor, incentives, and the needs of your contracted clientele

Contact: Bob Robers  |  Learn more about our Third Party Logistics (3PL) Advisory Group





Our auto industry experts work in partnership with automotive manufacturers, dealership owners and operators to develop integrated, end-to-end real estate strategies that lower costs and improve operational efficiencies. The result? On track and dependable results for projects, transactions and administrative processes.

Along with great lease rates and terms for your business, we go a step further to create competitive advantages with additional services.

Engage us to:

  • Provide labor studies to recommend where your required workforce is available for the right cost and time frame
  • Deliver customized services and solutions that maximize your supply chain
  • Support with property-specific tax services unique to the automotive industry
  • Enable outstanding new facility construction with project management service

Contact: Anthony Avendt  |  Learn more about our Automotive Advisory Group




Nothing happens on the shop floor, whether digital or physical, that doesn't have an impact on the supply chain. Ever-changing consumer behaviors mean real estate and supply chain professionals must make quick decisions during a time when nearly every aspect of the industry is in flux. Read more on why e-commerce growth is posing a challenge for real estate and supply chain decision-makers.

Designed to unlock new capabilities and drive excellence from clicks to bricks.

Engage us to:

  • Expand market presence and gain a competitive edge
  • Optimize logistics and supply chain operations
  • Maximize operations across your entire portfolio: retail, warehouse, fulfillment, logistics and office
  • Mitigate risk: speed-to-market, location and cost

Contact: Benjamin Conwell  |  Learn more about our Retail, E-Commerce & Logistics Group




No matter where you sit in the Food & Beverage supply chain, our experts are uniquely qualified to support manufacturers, processors and distributors along the entire journey from farm to table. We help clients navigate the unique challenges faced by the food and beverage sector.

Meat processors, food manufacturers, dairies, confectionary, breweries, grocery stores, and milling, among many other businesses, have gained a valuable edge in the market by leveraging Cushman & Wakefield’s worldwide experience and resources.

Engage us to:

  • Assist with both acquisition and disposition of specialized food and beverage facilities, like cold storage, wet/dry processing, manufacturing and more.
  • Help mitigate site selection risks by conducting site and facility infrastructure analysis
  • Assess the opportunities, risks and challenges of a build-to-suit facility project
  • Optimize the real estate in your supply chain to get products to consumers and customers faster

Contact: Chris Copenhaver or Ken Reiff Learn more about our Food & Beverage Advisory Group




Ports of entry are a vital step in every supply chain. That’s why our Ports & Intermodal experts deploy their knowledge of ocean cargo and container movement trends to advise clients on real estate decisions relating to the intermodal transportation and storage of goods.

As a trusted partner to businesses involved in the ports and intermodal sector, we jump on board with a unique vantage point to provide individually-tailored real estate solutions.

  • Port users engage us to assist in selecting the right port gateway, evaluating cost and service trade-offs, and negotiating incentives.

  • Port owners and operators engage us to analyze the feasibility of new facilities and create optimal pricing structures.

  • Property owners engage us to develop port-related property marketing, targeting the right industries and companies to find the highest and best use for their property.

Contact: Kevin Turner or Bill Throne |  Learn more about our Ports & Intermodal Advisory Group




No matter what your rail-related real estate challenge may be, our Rail Advisory Group has the expertise to solve it. With an acute knowledge of rail properties, sites, easements, and right-of-ways, our seasoned professionals create smart solutions for railroad and railroad-related industries.

We’re ready to address whatever consulting, management, design or logistics projects you may have – and we’ll make sure the results align with your company goals and mission.

Engage us to:

  • Help monetize under-utilized rail properties
  • Provide site selection for rail-served properties
  • Navigate mineral rights and easement conversion

Contact: Michael Flynn  |  Learn more about our Rail Advisory Group



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Nicole Bennett

Americas Leader, Industrial
Atlanta, United States

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Executive Managing Director, Logistics & Industrial Co-Lead, Americas
Indianapolis, United States

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Atlanta, United States

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Frequently Asked Questions

The accelerated buildout of e-commerce and 3PL last-mile facilities, fulfillment centers, and bulk warehouses in the wake of the pandemic has reinforced demand for logistics & industrial real estate. Although the industrial market has experienced recent challenges including port congestion, materials shortages, and high commodity prices, we expect the demand for logistics & industrial real estate and supporting services will continue to grow.

Cushman & Wakefield’s logistics & industrial real estate professionals provide local market expertise around the globe. We work with you through every step of your occupancy. After we survey the market, identify the optimal site, and negotiate a lease, we’ll advocate for you on everything else–from overhead and project cost analyses to lease reviews and renewals.

Cushman & Wakefield offers an end-to-end range of logistics & industrial real estate services to occupiers, including:

  • Site Selection Strategy
  • Multi-Market Account and Transaction Management
  • Lease Negotiations, Renewals, Rent Reviews and Restructuring
  • Supply Chain Optimization
  • Labor Analysis
  • Occupancy Cost Comparisons and Analysis 
  • Location Incentives Negotiations & Implementation
  • Build-to-Suit Construction Management
  • Portfolio Administration
  • Facilities Management
  • Network Optimization
  • Location Strategy & Site Selection
  • Workforce Profiling & Labor Due Diligence
  • Distribution Center Design
  • Project Management
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Manufacturing Facility Design
  • Logistics Execution Systems Design & Implementation
  • 3PL Advisory

Inquire to discuss any of these services in more detail with an expert.

From owner representation to investment sales, Cushman & Wakefield offers a wide range of services to investors active in the logistics & industrial real estate market. These include:

  • Real Estate Market Analysis
  • Target Analysis
  • Asset Positioning and Marketing Strategy for Lease or Sale
  • Marketing Program Execution
  • Negotiation
  • Regular Reporting on Market Activity and Trends
  • Investment Sales and Acquisitions 
  • Equity, Debt and Structured Finance 
  • Corporate Finance and Investment Banking 
  • Property Tax Services 
  • Dispute Analysis & Litigation Support 
  • Program, Project and Construction Management 
  • Supply Chain Optimization Services through Consulting

Visit our dedicated industrial investor services page for more information or read more on what’s next for industrial investors.

Our experts in 400 offices worldwide offer unparalleled insights, drawn from thousands of successful assignments. With over 1,100 dedicated logistics & industrial real estate professionals around the world, we are uniquely qualified to develop and deliver the right mix of industrial real estate solutions for your organization.

Although real estate costs are appreciating at never-before-seen rates, transportation accounts for nearly two-thirds of total supply chain costs. Real estate that is well-located and strategically positioned to lower transportation costs could indeed have partly or fully offsetting impacts on the total expenses of a company over time. In two-thirds of markets, occupiers are entering the market for lease renegotiation earlier than they would have historically. By investing in automation and technology, which was once the more expensive option, occupiers will be able to better manage or even cut costs outright. Read more on the Inflation Impact on Industrial.

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