Cold Storage – Niche Assets: Well-Positioned for Growth

Niche assets offer investors focused exposure to a range of long-term drivers, including demographic change, affordable housing challenges as well as changes in technology and consumer behavior. Investors should consider the following: Transaction activity has exploded in recent years and should continue to grow, particularly among emerging concepts In each of the last two recessions,[…]

Walmart Blows Amazon Out of The Water with Its Own Free, Next-Day Delivery

Walmart is undercutting Amazon’s newest Prime-member perk and launching free, next-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of products. Walmart’s next-day service, which applies to orders costing at least $35, is rolling out Tuesday in Phoenix and Las Vegas, Walmart said. It will be available to 75% of US shoppers by the end of the year[…]

Takeoff Technologies to Build 50 More Micro-Fulfillment Centers

Grocery automation startup Takeoff Technologies has partnered with Knapp, a warehouse logistics and automation solutions provider to open 50 micro fulfillment center sites across North America, according to a press release. The project will total about $150 million and is expected to process $1.5 billion of eCommerce sales per year. Thirteen of the sites will[…]

Food Could Sit Rotting if A Brexit Deal Isn’t Reached

Perishable goods are particularly at risk when supply chains are delayed, and U.K. and EU food producers are on edge as the clock ticks down to the planned date of Brexit next March. Under current trade agreements, food products can move quickly between the European mainland and the U.K. For example, salad greens can go[…]

Whole Food’s Brand, Amazon’s Most Powerful New Weapon

Amazon saw an overall grocery sales bump when it integrated Whole Food’s brand in 2017.  Whole Food’s 365 Everyday Value brand is now the number two best-selling private label brand on Amazon, just behind AmazonBasics. The food brand raked in $11 million in the few months it was available in 2017 on the website. This[…]

Record-setting cargo moved through Jacksonville Port Authority terminals

Aided by a rising economic tide, the Jacksonville Port Authority posted record numbers for shipping automobiles and cargo containers during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The port authority’s terminals broke through the 1 million mark for cargo container units, posting a 7-percent annual increase in shipments of the metal boxes that contain a[…]

Indoor Farming Takes Root at California Startup

Plenty United is growing vegetables ‘for people, not trucks’; products’ marketability remains a question mark By JACOB BUNGE and ELIOT BROWN SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—In a renovated warehouse by San Francisco Bay, plastic towers sprouting heads of lettuce, arugula, and herbs rise 20 feet to the ceiling, illuminated by multicolored LED lights that give the room a[…]

U.S. Durable-Goods Orders Post Biggest Jump in a Year

The 4.8% rise paced by near doubling of orders in the volatile civilian aircraft sector By ERIC MORATH Updated Nov. 23, 2016 9:50 a.m. ET WASHINGTON—Demand for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in October at the fastest pace in a year, a sign the U.S. factory sector has begun to stabilize. Orders for durable goods—products designed to[…]