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John McCloud is editor of Industry Property Journal, from which this article is excerpted.

New York City—A dramatic rise in imported goods will continue to reshape American communities by prompting development of larger warehouses and distribution centers close to main transportation routes, according to a new report from Cushman & Wakefield Inc. Maria Sicola, the company’s senior managing director of research and author of the report, says the finding has enormous implications for real estate owners, developers and urban development.

Supply chain management, which includes shipping, warehousing and distribution, has become the number one priority for many businesses today. “These goods are flooding into the US through a few major ports and then distributed to markets throughout North America,” Sicola explains. “As more warehousing and distribution centers are built near ports and major inland hubs, some communities and even our rail system are experiencing significant growth.” With imports continuing to climb by about 10% annually, Sicola expects the three following trends to have significant impact on commercial real estate decisions and US communities:

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