The future is fewer desks and more devices

It’s old news that the number of people working remotely is on the rise. But a new international study has just come out with some startling figures on just how different this will look in a few years time…

The future is fewer desks and more devicesIt’s old news that the number of people working remotely is on the rise. But a new international study has just come out with some startling figures on just how different this will look in a few years time.

Mobile and cloud technology firm Citrix polled a total of 1,900 IT decision makers in 19 countries about what offices will look like in 2020.

What they found is mind blowing…  Continue reading “The future is fewer desks and more devices”

The coming retail revolution. It’s shopping Jim, but not as we know it…

We are in the midst of a revolution in retail space. Going shopping today does not mean what it used to. There are signs the days of the mega-mall may be over. Research in Britain shows that…

The coming retail revolution. It's shopping Jim, but not as we know it...We are in the midst of a revolution in retail space. Going shopping today does not mean what it used to. There are signs the days of the mega-mall may be over.

Research in Britain shows that slowing sales growth, internet shopping and moves towards more sales per square metre is dramatically impacting the future of where we shop.

The long and short of it is that retail spaces are Continue reading “The coming retail revolution. It’s shopping Jim, but not as we know it…”

Turning property portfolios from risks into opportunities

The major thrust of my blogs over the past several years has been to focus on the issues surrounding commercial property leases. I have often talked too about the need for flexibility in leases, strategies for commercial property leasing and innovative thinking about business locations. And given the fast changing property markets, I have started to extend my thinking, and indeed the services I offer clients, to strategies for…

Owner-occupied commercial property portfoliosThe major thrust of my blogs over the past several years has been to focus on the issues surrounding commercial property leases.

I have often talked too about the need for flexibility in leases, strategies for commercial property leasing and innovative thinking about business locations.

And given the fast changing property markets, I have started to extend my thinking, and indeed the services I offer clients, to strategies for owner-occupied commercial property portfolios.

Continue reading “Turning property portfolios from risks into opportunities”

Flexible contingency plans critical for business continuity

I’ve often talked in this blog about the need for both flexible and strategic thinking about the location and range of premises a business has. The reasons regarding productivity, efficiency and taking advantage of technology to work at a range of sites all make good sense. But the natural disasters from the Queensland floods, to the Christchurch earthquakes and Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear trifecta have given us another very stark reason for flexible locations…

Flexible contingency plans critical for business continuityI’ve often talked in this blog about the need for both flexible and strategic thinking about the location and range of premises a business has.

The reasons regarding productivity, efficiency and taking advantage of technology to work at a range of sites all make good sense.

But the natural disasters from the Queensland floods, to the Christchurch earthquakes and Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear trifecta have given us another very stark reason for flexible locations. Continue reading “Flexible contingency plans critical for business continuity”

Are blazing neon signs on Mainstreet best for your brand?

I’ve just concluded some successful negotiations and located new properties for an IT company. The interesting thing was that we decided the best fit for their business strategy and brand was to move on from a highly visible location…

Are blazing neon signs on Mainstreet best for your brand?I’ve just concluded some successful negotiations and located new properties for an IT company. The interesting thing was that we decided the best fit for their business strategy and brand was to move on from a highly visible location.

The usual take on property is “location, location, location”.

But is mainstreet, i.e. expensive CBD real estate, always the best place for a business?

Continue reading “Are blazing neon signs on Mainstreet best for your brand?”

Natural disaster planning for commercial tenants

The impacts of natural disasters on people around the world and close to home have been top of mind for us all in the past few months. It brought home to me how vulnerable we are wherever we live and work. I had a personal experience…

Coles supermarket floodedThe impacts of natural disasters on people around the world and close to home have been top of mind for us all in the past few months.

It brought home to me how vulnerable we are wherever we live and work.

I had a personal experience working with relocating businesses affected by the Christchurch earthquake, and it gave me a firsthand experience of how devastating this sort of disaster can be. And of course those impacts are continuing with the ongoing aftershocks.

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Property can contribute to a much rosier P & L statement

Keeping costs to a minimum has always been a central business strategy, but with businesses cutting expenditure to the quick, it is very challenging to find new ways to trim costs further. I have long held the belief, and in fact the evidence too, that…

Property can contribute to a very healthy P&L statementKeeping costs to a minimum has always been a central business strategy, but with businesses cutting expenditure to the quick, it is very challenging to find new ways to trim costs further.

I have long held the belief, and in fact the evidence too, that smarter property leasing strategies can offer unexpected opportunities to cut costs. And the results can be immediate.

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Reinventing meetings & saving space

I think I would be really hard pushed to find anyone on the planet who wouldn’t like to attend fewer work meetings. Complaints about ‘meeting overload’ and the trials of a day of back-to-back meetings must echo around offices across the globe. But there could be a answer in sight…

Beyond the feudal mind - new ways of thinking about property leasesI think I would be really hard pushed to find anyone on the planet who wouldn’t like to attend fewer work meetings.

Complaints about ‘meeting overload’ and the trials of a day of back-to-back meetings must echo around offices across the globe.

But there could be a answer in sight… Continue reading “Reinventing meetings & saving space”

What we think we need in leased premises often varies from our actual future needs

Traditional thinking in business is being turned on its head day in day out as technology allows us to work from anywhere anytime. These new dynamics mean that every day, new jobs are invented that we have never heard of before. To say…

Jobs that didn't exist 20 years agoTraditional thinking in business is being turned on its head day in day out as technology allows us to work from anywhere anytime.

These new dynamics mean that every day, new jobs are invented that we have never heard of before.

Continue reading “What we think we need in leased premises often varies from our actual future needs”

Property strategy key in executing business plans

There are a number of signs that the long talked about green shoots are starting to show a hint of blossom in the post-economic crisis environment. There are quite a few challenges yet to come, but some key indicators such as business confidence surveys, employment rates and increased business activity are looking positive. But I have noticed that a…

Property strategy key in executing business plansThere are a number of signs that the long talked about green shoots are starting to show a hint of blossom in the post-economic crisis environment.

There are quite a few challenges yet to come, but some key indicators such as business confidence surveys, employment rates and increased business activity are looking positive.

But I have noticed that a Continue reading “Property strategy key in executing business plans”