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Amazon Goes After Grocery Business

Thursday, December 08, 2016
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By HFF Public Relations Coordinator Kimberly Steele “What would shopping look like if you could walk into a store, grab what you want, and just go?” That’s what Amazon asked itself four years ago, according to the introduction video for the e-commerce juggernaut’s brick-and-mortar grocery shopping concept, Amazon Go. In early 2017, Seattle residents will be able to enter the 1,200-square-foot Amazon Go location at 2131 7th Avenue; open their Amazon Go app; choose from a selection of ready-to-eat and bakery items, grocery staples and meal kits; and then…exit. The app tracks items through a web of sensors and artificial intelligence and then checks the shopper out automatically with a tap on turnstile-like structures at the entrances and exits. Amazon refers to their technology as “Just Walk Out” technology. Though Amazon did not release specific details,... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for December 7, 2016: Blood in the Water

Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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Weekly insights on current research in the commercial real estate industry from HFF Managing Director of Research Jimmy Hinton. View Daily Rates on the HFF website. In October 1956, the people of Hungary revolted against a puppet government Soviet Russia had installed in Budapest. A small student demonstration escalated quickly into a broad and passionate uprising. Within two weeks, the Soviets had invaded Hungary with tank divisions, conducted targeted air strikes and shelled the city with heavy artillery bombardments. Such was the dramatic backdrop for... [Read More]


Retail is Alive: Customers Show up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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Millions of people camped out in front of retail stores on Black Friday and clicked away with abandon on Cyber Monday, all in the hopes of getting the best possible deal on electronics, toys and more. This year, total sales for both milestone shopping days of the year increased from last year, providing millions of reasons for retailers to celebrate. In fact, NRF/Prosper Insights and Analytics and Adobe both predict that November/December holiday sales will end up 3.6 percent higher year-over-year. “Analysts suggest that the... [Read More]


HFF Analysis of the November 2016 BLS Employment Report

Monday, December 05, 2016
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HFF is pleased to report on the latest employment expansion statistics from November 2016. Our research team analyzes trends and data to give readers a better view into the current state of the economy and how employment is being affected. Employment Expansion U.S. job growth picked up in November as nonfarm payrolls rose by 178,000. September’s nonfarm payrolls were revised up to a gain of 208,000, and October’s down to 142,000, a net decrease of 2,000. Payroll creation has averaged 200,000 since October 2010. The labor force participation rate... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for December 1, 2016: Pyrrhic Victories

Thursday, December 01, 2016
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Weekly insights on current research in the commercial real estate industry from HFF Managing Director of Research Jimmy Hinton. View Daily Rates on the HFF website. In 280 B.C., King Pyrrhus of Epirus, a Balkan state in what is now western Greece, sought war with his Roman neighbors. A second cousin to Alexander the Great, Pyrrhus’ skill in battle was genetic, though his luck was improved through the use of elephants, a disciplined and ruthless cavalry and an infantry of phalanxes. King Pyrrhus won many... [Read More]


Class A Pittsburgh Office Building for Sale

Thursday, December 01, 2016
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Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF), on behalf of the owner, is marketing the Equitable Resources Building for sale. Located at 225 North Shore Drive in Pittsburgh, this core offering comprises a six-story, Class A office building containing 178,049 rentable square feet. Equitable Resources Building represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a best-in-class building that is currently 100 percent leased with a weighted average lease term of 9.1 years in one of the nation’s top office markets. Investors will benefit from the near-term cash yields and long-term... [Read More]


HFF Research Update for November 29, 2016: Bond Yields See Red

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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Weekly insights on current research in the commercial real estate industry from HFF Managing Director of Research Jimmy Hinton. View Daily Rates on the HFF website. Eighty years ago, Time publisher Henry Luce purchased Life magazine. Intending to switch the periodical from an illustrated news weekly to a pure-play photo essay, Luce took an extraordinary risk with an already successful model. Amidst the Great Depression and only a few years prior to WWII, Life evolved quickly to an overwhelming success. Whether President-Elect Trump, his administration and a Republican-controlled Congress will be able to convert an existing model of success into an even more impressive outcome remains to be determined; but, the investing public has clearly wagered a change in tactics will not befall the domestic or global economy with a reversal in fortune. Late last week, the yield on... [Read More]


HFF's Jose Cruz on the New Jersey CRE Market

Monday, November 28, 2016
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Senior Managing Director Jose Cruz, who is also co-head of HFF's New Jersey office, will be a panelist at ULI North New Jersey's Real Estate Trends 2017 event on December 1. The event will explore key emerging trends that will shape the real estate market in 2017, including what the future holds for real estate investment and development; results of the 38th annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2017 survey and interviews; and what industry leaders, including Mr. Cruz, say about the... [Read More]


MSA Employment Report For the Year Ending October 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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HFF is pleased to report on MSA Employment for the year ending October 2016. Our research team analyzes trends and data to give readers a better view into the current state of the economy and how employment is being affected. Growth Rankings New York, Dallas and Los Angeles are the only markets that created more than 100,000 jobs. Only the top six MSAs were able to create more than 60,000 jobs. Employment in HFF markets grew by 1.88 percent in the 12 months ending October 2016 and, having added 1.03 million jobs on the year, accounted for 46 percent of the nation’s headline growth. The top 10 expanding employment bases below combined to account for approximately 34.3 percent of the nation’s overall growth in the past year. Altering our perspective to percentage... [Read More]


Rocky Balboa & Philly Go the Distance

Monday, November 21, 2016
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Forty years ago, a movie about an underdog boxer in Philadelphia became the ultimate underdog. Rocky, written and starring Sylvester Stallone as main character Rocky Balboa, premiered this week in 1976 and went on to win three, Oscars, Best Film, Best Director and Best Editing, out of its 10 nominations. The little film that could had a rumored budget of under $1 million dollars and, to date, has grossed more than $225 million. The pop culture phenomena that is Rocky has crossed multiple generations and driven the original film and its six sequels to box-office success with a total franchise gross of more than $1 billion dollars (and counting). Philadelphia in the 1970s, like Balboa, was an underdog due to decades of turbulence from crime, corruption and civil unrest. Though, like Balboa, the city endured... [Read More]




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