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According to CBRE, warehouse users are initiating new strategies to combat current and future supply chain challenges, giving rise to emerging markets in North America that stand to benefit from increased activity.

Among the top strategies playing out across the country are suppliers holding more inventory, also known as “safety stock,” closer to large population centers to reduce shipping costs.

“There certainly are strategies that can be initiated now by suppliers and distributors to help manage through current supply chain challenges, including holding more inventory, diversifying sourcing, shifting ports of entry and reshoring,” said John Morris, executive managing director and leader of CBRE’s Industrial and Logistics Group. “But the supply chain that supports the broader supply chain, such as providing building materials for warehouse construction, is broken itself. Long term, we will need significant investment in infrastructure to prevent similar disruptions from occurring in the future.”