Commercial property specialist JLL launches supply chain consultancy

Commercial property group JLL has created a new practice that focuses on supply chain consultancy, to match the evolving needs of its clients.

The global organisation, which is known for its work in the investment, advisory and acquisition processes within the world of retail real estate, is aiming to help clients maximise efficiencies across their supply chain via the new arm to its business.

JLL said it is looking to help clients unlock the value of their physical infrastructure, and incorporate these factors into their real estate strategy, adding that supply chain resilience is an increasingly important factor when influencing commercial property decisions.

The new consultancy will officially launch in January 2019.

Insights around how to optimise warehouse location choices and the processes within them will be central to the group's work. With the rise in eCommerce and new consumer behaviours, businesses are finding that today’s supply chain is very different to that of a pre-digital age – they need to adapt and evolve, and generally be much more flexible than in years gone by.

Andy Harding, lead director of industrial & logistics at JLL, said his team is focused on “a growth plan which continues at pace, advising a wide range of clients seeking access to industrial opportunities across the UK”.

“As the industry experiences significant growth, we see an important opportunity to incorporate supply chain insight into more informed and strategic services, allowing our clients to strengthen their real estate decisions,” he added.

“This is an exciting time for the team as we augment our offerings and knowledge capabilities for investors, developers and occupiers.”

The new team will be led by Simon McWilliams, who spent more than ten years with DHL Supply Chain, and was at Ceva Logistics and TNT prior to that. Emma Hawkins is also involved in the new venture, bringing supply chain and real estate expertise from her time at the development team at DP World London Gateway.

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