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Ikea’s Small Stores: A Win for Retail CRE Landlords?

When one thinks of an Ikea store, the last thing that likely comes to mind is small.

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Moneyballing & Property: Lessons from the Premier League

With data starting to take centre stage in the property industry, at VTS we are keenly interested in what lessons can be learned from other industries that have undergone a similar evolution.  Interestingly we identified that a strong parallel could be drawn between commercial property and other established industries, in particular commercial property and Premier League football.  This is a less traditional comparison than fintech, but if true, an extremely insightful analysis of how data can be applied in a wider context.

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Technology is the Biggest Driver of Change in the Workplace

There is no question that technology is drastically reshaping how and where people work. Employees are not just working from home or the office–they’re working from anywhere.

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Tech Hubs on the Rise in 2017

Silicon Valley remains the unsurprising king of tech, but up-and-coming tech city centers are on the rise.

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PropTech: FinTech’s Greatest Test

I have written before about the symbiotic relationship between PropTech and FinTech, about how both industries rely mutually on each other’s success. But upon closer examination, the relationship is even more intricate than I first appreciated. Whilst aspects of PropTech may need FinTech in order to succeed, FinTech will continue to thrive without any involvement in property.

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Six Seaports Driving Demand For U.S. Industrial Markets

Industrial markets have been booming since the growth of e-commerce, and U.S. seaports support some of the industrys top demand drivers. They facilitate massive import and export volumes, support millions of jobs and both directly and indirectly form an essential part of the backbone of the industrial real estate sector.

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Mixed-Use Projects Lead Dallas Office Strength

It’s not enough to just build a class A office building anymore. In today’s commercial real estate setting, mixed-use offices with retail components and other uses, such as residential and hotels, are garnering the most attention.

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Landlords Should View Click and Collect as an Opportunity, Not a Threat

When it comes to online shopping the UK is leading the charge globally. In 2016, £133bn was spent online with UK retailers, according to figures from the IMRG Capgemini eRetail Sales Index – an increase of £18bn on the 2015 figure. UK shoppers also spend more online per household than consumers in other countries. A report published by the UK Cards Association earlier this year showed that UK households spent the equivalent of $5,900 using payment cards online in 2015, compared with just $4,500 in the US.

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The Gig Economy Makes the Switch From Clicks to Bricks

Nothing has disrupted the UK business landscape over the last few years as much as the gig economy. Five years ago few people in the UK would have heard of Uber. Today a healthy chunk of the population no longer hail a cab (especially in London) – they ‘Uber it’.

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Creative Leasing Boosts Phoenix Office and Retail

If there was ever a time when leasing an office building or shopping center was easy, those days are over. The rise of the IoE (Internet of Everything) has drastically changed the playing field for both sectors of commercial real estate.

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