Wayne Gretzky famously claimed the secret to his success was quite simple: “Skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been.” Gretzky’s philosophy struck a chord with leaders in a multitude of industries and for good reason: the idea of consistently being ahead of trends by anticipating what’s coming better and earlier than the competition is how you become known as “The Great One.”
In the industrial market, commercial practitioners are attempting to skate ahead of supply chain innovation in order to capitalize on a robust market. What will the warehouse of the future look like? How will goods be delivered and what specialized handling equipment will process them? How fast can someone get twenty pallets of refrigerated goods from the Port of Charleston to a cold storage unit in Ohio?
These are the sorts of questions Howard Lichtig, SIOR, is asking. Amazon is making a substantial investment in Lichtig’s Cleveland/Akron market, converting two failed malls into distribution centers employing several thousand North-East Ohioans.