The Next Big Global Logistics Hubs

Philadelphia, Miami and Seattle are among the cities poised to become global centers for trade

The Wall Street Journal

Nov. 20, 2015—Philadelphia, Miami and Seattle are poised to join the ranks of global logistics hubs, according to a report from real-estate brokerage CBRE Inc.

The U.S. cities were among 20 global metropolises identified by the firm as primed to become “major players in the network for global trade” over the next decade.

Emerging logistics centers benefit from infrastructure investment, pro-trade policies, and direct connections to both manufacturing centers and growing populations of consumers, said David Egan, CBRE’s head of U.S. industrial research. Companies flock to cities with these traits, part of a global hub-and-spoke system for manufacturing supply chains and distribution networks.

“These places tend to cluster around major transportation hubs, major ports, major manufacturing and major consumption,” Egan said. “They’re places where cargo and people come together.”

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