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From the future of cloud kitchens to the reality of saving brick and motor due to e-commerce, the articles below have comprehensive information in all ends of our industry.

Food from the Cloud Kitchen

Food delivery business is on the rise, making way for a new restaurant model: cloud kitchens. In this article, we’ll explore different types of cloud kitchen models, opportunities for efficiency and expansion, new technologies and AI’s role in this sector’s growth and the current food delivery trends driving this new evolution in the restaurant industry. Find out more about these restaurants of tomorrow.

Saving Brick & Mortar

Retail continues to be in a state of evolution as new generations and rapid developments in technology have changed the way consumers shop for goods which ultimately has shaped the type of developments necessary to support the retail experience. With consumers’ preference for proximity and authenticity, developers look to convert existing buildings into lively, mixed-use retail centers that compliment the local culture and embody its character. The move toward urban centers and walkable communities has developers looking to repurpose buildings to attract the younger generations.

Cold Storage

Cold storage has become one of the hottest commodities in the industrial development space. With increases in online grocery delivery, demand for faster delivery timeframes, and younger generations driving urban living trends, developers are looking to more options for last-mile delivery and cold-storage facilities. Class B/C industrial buildings are well positioned to be repurposed for both last-mile and cold storage buildings due to their proximity to population density and traditionally smaller loading courts which aligns well with smaller local delivery truck fleets.

36 is the new 32

With the rise of e-commerce and increased need for logistics centers, the industrial real estate market has seen a movement toward taller clear heights for increased warehouse efficiency. Tenants have moved from a desire for overall square footage to cubic space in their facilities. While 32-foot clear heights have been common, there is a new trend increasing the height to 36-foot clear buildings. So what is the optimal clear eave height for a new development?