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On Material Handling Systems

Industrial real estate is a hot topic right now, but something people often overlook is the material handling systems to outfit their warehouse space. Over the last two years, supply and demand has effected most industries around us, and material handling systems are no exception. Matt Kapfhammer, Business Development Leader at Koppco Material Handling, is here to give his take on how to plan your warehouse space, when to start, and what type of gaps users may not be aware of when entering a new warehouse space as they grow and expand their business.

As Matt explains, the transition between material handling systems planning and the search for industrial real estate is not seamless. Often times, tenants will think of their material handling systems as a line item in their search for space when it should instead be a top priority. The industrial market is tight right now; five years ago, it was much easier to find space, but with fewer options today, you need to act quickly. Planning ahead for your racking needs will put you ahead of the game when four or five tenants fight for each space as it becomes available.

Timing is everything whether you are ordering new racking, buying used, or taking existing systems with you. Ordering new shelving can be costly and time consuming. With the price of steel soaring (up to $135/pallet now versus pre-pandemic costs around $60/pallet) and turnaround times taking anywhere from 12 to 30 weeks, tenants should contact professionals as soon as possible to begin the process. As Matt notes, some tenants will even order racking before their lease is signed or warehouse is built so they can hit the ground running. While there is risk in this, it usually makes the most sense.

The price per SF and building location are obviously key factors in any real estate search, but the end-product should be the goal. When developing a building, how you design the storage space, ceiling height, and column spacing in terms of machine navigation, employee requirements, and safety qualifications will make or break your relocation. Shelving is as important as the infrastructure of the building itself in the industrial real estate world.

Will there be a time when the material handling systems industry normalizes? Matt doesn’t think it will return to pre-pandemic lows anytime soon. Consumer needs drive the industrial market, and the online demand for goods will continue pushing the need for warehouse space and supplies.


Ten with Ben 015: “Meet Michelle Jones”

Today we are joined by Michelle Jones, Director of Interiors at Shive-Hattery. With over 20 years’ design experience, Michelle has always been driven by creating something new and bringing it to life — the office is an art form. With so many facets, there is always something to be learned throughout each project while staying on top of trends.

But in today’s ever-changing world, the biggest question seems to be, “how do we do the next project better?” Bringing an architect in from the beginning of your project is the best place to start. In order to create a true collaboration among office tenant and architect, timing is key. Even while touring space, Michelle suggests bringing your architect along to provide critical feedback and visionary tools to provide crucial elements in a thoughtful vision for your workplace.

It’s clear that the office is here to stay, so how do you build a space when you don’t know what the next five years will look like? Are there best practices for tenants to follow?

Michelle’s advice: start with asking how you’re going to use your space.

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Ten with Ben 014: “Industrial Real Estate w/Ronan Remandaban”

There are no two ways about it—the industrial real estate market is on fire. It’s been the leading sector for a couple of years, owing to the pandemic and supply chain disruptions. Logistics have shifted from just-in-time to just-in-case, driving demand for localized warehousing and manufacturing space. Vacancy rates are at all-time lows, cap rates have plunged to low single digits, rents and construction costs are growing at a record-setting pace.

To understand these rapid changes and see where the industrial market can go from here, TWB sat down with Ronan Remandaban, Executive Managing Director and Industrial Market Leader at Bradford Allen. Ronan is a tech-savvy professional whose career has been dedicated to the industrial segment. He’s seen every type of deal and development over the course his 20 years in the business.

The current environment is all about being adaptive, whether that’s repurposing property or moving fast on transactions. Join us as Ronan and Ben discuss how we got here and what’s next for the industrial sector of commercial real estate.


The State of the Construction Industry

Supply chain disruptions and soaring commodities prices amid unprecedented demand for industrial real estate have massive implications for the construction industry. Asset values and rents are soaring, but so are costs. How should owners, tenants, and developers adjust to this new normal?

To understand the current state of the construction industry, Bradford Allen’s Ronan Remandabran, Executive Managing Director and Industrial Market Leader, sat down with Patrick Clay, a “recovering architect” and Director of Business Development at ARCO/Murray, a leading design-build firm. From secular shifts in product delivery models to adaptive re-use trends and the outlook for rising interest rates, the conversation is as informative as it is wide-ranging.


Ten with Ben 013: “Meet Aaron Zaretsky”

Real estate is a relationship business, but it’s not often you get to work with a lifelong friend. In this Ten With Ben episode we’re joined by Aaron Zaretsky, Leasing Director at Urban Innovations, an integrated real estate development company. Aaron’s path crossed with Ben’s more than 40 years ago, decades before either had closed a lease deal.

As these long-time friends catch up on the state of the market, Ben and Aaron discuss the importance of nurturing long-term relationships with clients. People have good memories, so how you treat them matters, especially when it comes to big moments like leasing office space. It may be an everyday experience for a broker, but not for most business owners.

And the relationship-building doesn’t end when the lease is signed. Being present for all stages of your client’s growth and being a trusted, ever-present partner are the foundations for success in commercial real estate, and in business in general.

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