March 2016 Archive

March 31, 2016
Warehouse Rental Rates Jump as Industrial Capacity is Squeezed (WSJ)

The first annual Prologis Logistics Rent Index report, which examined net effective rents in 57 major global markets, found that the U.S. outpaced the rest of the world in 2015 in the growth of industrial rental costs. Domestic industrial rents rose 9% last year and were up 25% over the past three years. Globally, rate growth was also strong, with rents rising 6% last year and more than 20% since 2012.

March 30, 2016
Five years after Japan quake, rewiring of auto supply chain hits limits

Since the 2011 disaster, global auto suppliers have changed the way they produce and source the 30,000 parts required to assemble a single car, including raising stocks, diversifying production and creating alternative manufacturing capabilities.

March 29, 2016
Logistics Woes Crimp Restoration Hardware’s Modern Collection (WSJ)

The high-end retailer has struggled to stock and ship much of a new line of modern furniture launched last fall and targeted at millennials and city dwellers. Delivery of a $4,795 espresso-colored desk may not be scheduled until October. A $1,260 brass pendant lamp could ship by next week, but a nickel version isn’t expected to ship until June.

March 10, 2016
Zara Parent Inditex Slows Store Expansion as Online Sales Grow (WSJ)

The world’s largest fashion retailer plans to prioritize larger stores located in prime real-estate areas in major cities. The slowdown coincides with “an increasing contribution from organic growth and online sales,” Chief Executive Pablo Isla told analysts on a conference call.

March 6, 2016
Target Corp. Culling Products in Its Stores(WSJ)

The discount retailing chain is cutting the number of sizes, flavors and in some cases brands on its shelves to help fix out-of-stock issues plaguing its 1,800 stores. Move reflects trend in retailing and consumer goods industries to simplify consumer selection