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Getting people and businesses the goods they rely on is what keeps the world moving. Just like a puzzle, supply chain networks are a challenge. We’ve proven we can solve that challenge time and again by creating innovative solutions for occupiers and investors of logistics and industrial space. It all comes down to how we think. Being a trusted real estate advisor is about more than just the real estate–it’s about structuring the right team and strategy for every client. With seasoned industrial professionals on your side, chosen from over a thousand Cushman & Wakefield global team members, nothing can stop you from reaching your industrial-sized ambitions. 


Are you an industrial investor or developer?

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When looking at the big picture, commercial real estate can be the key to boosting your overall output. With an expertly executed real estate strategy, you can mitigate risk, allow for flexibility, deliver products faster and gain a huge advantage against the competition. To do this, we bring in more than just people–we bring in the technology and insights to optimize your entire operation. We consider all the factors to identify and clearly communicate the best locations and solutions for all our clients to win.  

Here are some important offerings that impact the big picture: 

  • 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


Working with industrial occupiers around the world means we’ve become experts at just about every part of the supply chain. Alongside our real estate prowess, what makes us adept at supply chain solutions is the fact we evaluate all factors relating to the supply chain to save you time and money. From real estate and labor to transportation and distribution, we have the data to support custom-made solutions around logistics consulting, supply chain strategy, and facility design services. It’s amazing what you can achieve from end-to-end when you have experts at every stage.   

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


It doesn’t take long for you to realize that our team can feel like a part of your team. Every member of our global team is advising you with more than just a broad range of knowledge. We bring the boots on the ground experience to match it. Working on some of the world’s most challenging logistics projects, we leverage years of problem solving and advising across specialty assets like ports, rail, food and beverage, automotive and more. When you couple real-world depth of experience, with the ambitious attitude of Cushman & Wakefield professionals–you can make almost anything happen.  





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





Cushman & Wakefield’s Automotive & Mobility Group is a leading provider of consulting and real estate expertise to the automotive and mobility industry. We understand the unique challenges and opportunities of the industry’s shift to electric, connected and autonomous mobility solutions. Our multi-disciplinary team of consultants spans North America and has on-the-ground, proven experience in automotive manufacturing and technology hubs. With a collaborative approach and diverse expertise, we provide a full suite of integrated real estate solutions to address the entire supply chain, from R&D to final assembly and aftermarket support. Together with our clients, we are supercharging the evolution of automotive mobility.

Contacts: Anthony Avendt and Andrew Morrow  |  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 Logistics & Industrial Lead
Atlanta, United States

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Jason Tolliver

President, Americas Logistics & Industrial Services
Indianapolis, United States

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Atlanta, United States

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Boston, United States

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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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