Real estate plays a vital role in overall supply chain strategy, as nearly every warehousing or distribution center decision features a real estate component. When properly aligned with corporate objectives, a well-executed real estate strategy can make significant contributions toward achieving operational and financial budgets.

DHL Supply Chain bundles real estate and logistics services to offer a single-sourced comprehensive solution. As part of the world's largest supply chain management company, we are experts at understanding the operational factors that influence real estate decisions. Customers benefit from reduced end-to-end supply chain costs, minimized risks, improved efficiency, and market-tested solutions.

Leasing
DHL Supply Chain's full-service leasing group performs site searches, advises on facility selection, and negotiates lease terms. On average, our leasing team performs 400 site searches and executes nearly 80 leases each year. To present the best options to our customers, DHL Supply Chain has assembled a network of local brokers with extensive knowledge in each market. This network ensures customers acquire the facility that best meets location and financial requirements.

Our real estate team also offers lease mitigation services for customers with existing leases. We work closely with landlords to develop creative solutions to reduce or eliminate lease exposure.

Lease Administration
Once the lease has been executed, DHL Supply Chain manages the payment of rent, common area maintenance (CAM), taxes, and insurance. We also oversee and execute operating expense reconciliations, tax appeals, turn-back negotiations, and can represent the tenant in any landlord disputes. We perform about 185 CAM reconciliations and 90 tax appeals each year.

Development & Construction
For customers with unique needs, DHL Supply Chain offers build-to-suit development services. Our experience developing nearly 20 million square feet, coupled with our vested interest in delivering facilities on time, on budget and to user specifications, reduces real estate risks. We are also experienced negotiating tax abatements and other local incentives to reduce occupancy costs.

DHL Supply Chain has also invested in campus developments in key logistics markets, which allow customers to reduce start-up and operational risks by leveraging resources, talent, and knowledge within a campus environment.

Capital Markets
For customers who have a need to dispose of owned assets, DHL Supply Chain offers capital markets consulting to review the asset or portfolio, advise on monetization strategies, and manage the disposal process, all while acting as the customer's advocate. We maintain several institutional relationships allowing for both private and public market transactions.

Advantages

How DHL Supply Chain real estate assets and expertise are different from competitors

  • Procuring integrated real estate and logistics solutions from one provider reduces the number of touchpoints and solution complexity
  • DHL Supply Chain is vested in the delivery of an on-time, optimal real estate solution because we understand the operational implications of delivery delays and other sub-optimal solutions
  • Integrating real estate and logistics decisions reduces end-to-end supply chain cost and improves efficiency
  • Handing off real estate execution to DHL Supply Chain allows customers to focus on strategic, rather than tactical, issues
  • DHL Supply Chain uses a market test to ensure that the optimal customer solution is presented each and every time