Fire Sprinkler Systems and Industrial Real Estate

As a supply chain real estate practitioner, I always encourage my clients to engage the services of a qualified fire sprinkler consultant or similarly qualified employee when they evaluate the suitability of a real estate option. While experts should be consulted, actors in the supply chain should take the time to understand the basics regarding today’sContinue reading “Fire Sprinkler Systems and Industrial Real Estate”

Trailer Spots per Acre

I was asked recently how many 53′ truck trailers could be stored on one acre of land and though I would share my answer, based on conversations with my clients and within my company. The first point to make about determining the storage capacity of land or any other two or three dimensional object isContinue reading “Trailer Spots per Acre”

The Industrial Operations and Buildings of the Future

Emerging trends in manufacturing and logistics are transforming how companies think about the real estate component of their supply chains.  Trends such as additive manufacturing, fulfillment, big data, and final mile are introducing an entirely new set of facility requirements. This week I have linked several articles below which may shed light on the nature industrialContinue reading “The Industrial Operations and Buildings of the Future”

Flat Truck Yards and Supply Chain

Flat truck yards may not be high on the occupiers wish list for their new industrial space, but its inclusion may save them time and money over their occupancy.  Flat truck yards are actually truck yards without the typical gradual slope towards the building’s loading docks.  Instead, the truck yards are sloped away from the building. WhyContinue reading “Flat Truck Yards and Supply Chain”

DC Metrics

As part of my research for the Global Logistics Specialist designation from California State University Long Beach, I have learned about certain metrics used by supply chain professionals in order to measure how their operations helping them meet their company’s objectives.  These metrics are commonly in the form of what are called key performance indicators,Continue reading “DC Metrics”


Over the past week I couldn’t help but notice the amount of articles dedicated to SOLAS verified weight requirements, which go into effect July 1, 2016.  Since the requirements have been public for a few years, the sheer volume of articles is a good indicator that actors within the supply chain are concerned about the newContinue reading “SOLAS”

Site and Efficiency

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, efficiency is defined as “the ability to do something or produce something without wasting materials, time, or energy” 1.  Efficiency has an obvious importance to industry.  However, its level of importance to corporations can vary in respect to growth and other corporate priorities.   Recent studies have indicated that U.S.Continue reading “Site and Efficiency”