The Next Step for a Greener Tomorrow

MARK YEO, DIRECTOR, ASSET SERVICES | SEP 11, 2017

Since the launch of the Building & Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark scheme in Singapore back in 2005, Singapore has more than 2,800 BCA Green Mark certified building projects, as of 2016 – which constitutes more than 31% of Singapore’s entire commercial building stock. The target of greening 80% of Singapore’s buildings by 2030 is well on track.(Read full opinion piece on Mark Yeo's LinkedIn)

 

Retail Transformers

DESMOND SIM, HEAD OF RESEARCH, SINGAPORE & SEA | AUG 7, 2017

The retail industry is one of the most disrupted by technology for both retailers as well as landlords. It still grapples with the ever growing e-commerce market which includes online retail shops, food delivery apps to self-service vending machines. Frankly, in my humble view, technology becomes a disruptor only when one fails to keep up. When one is in line with technology, it is likely an enabler.(Read full opinion piece on Desmond Sim's LinkedIn)

Propped by Tech

DESMOND SIM, HEAD OF RESEARCH, SINGAPORE & SEA | JUL 20, 2017

The buzzword for the real estate industry now is property technology, or proptech in short – with the various players trying hard to keep abreast on what advances it may bring. (Read full opinion piece on Desmond Sim's LinkedIn)

Pop-up Stores - an evolving retail concept

LETTY LEE, DIRECTOR, RETAIL SERVICES | MAY 11, 2017

The excitement over the recent pop-up festival ARtbox is a clear indication that consumers are looking for a unique experience beyond the confines of shopping malls. (Read full opinion piece on Letty Lee's LinkedIn)​​​​​​

Power of Workplace

GURVEEN KHURANA, SENIOR ANALYST, A&T SERVICES, CBRE | APR 20, 2017

The workplace as a key driver and motivator at work has become increasingly important as work-life integration takes on more significance. Real estate costs are a liability for firms, but more are waking up to the idea that they need to think about the actual physical space that they provide to their employees to return every single day to perform and excel. It is not just the giants in the technology field that recognise they have to add more diversity to their workspace. Many other organisations recognize that something needs to change, but are bound by difficult choices that are opaque and difficult to make with very real and very high stakes and costs involved. (Read full opinion piece on Gurveen Khurana's LinkedIn)

RETAIL + INDUSTRIAL = THE NEW RETAIL

DENNIS YEO, MANAGING DIRECTOR, A&T SERVICES, CBRE ASIA | APR 20, 2017

It wasn’t too long ago in 2012 that Jack Ma (King of Online Retail) and Wang Jianlin (King of Traditional Retail) almost made the landmark historical RMB 100 million bet on China’s national TV in the heat of an intense debate. (Read full opinion piece on Dennis Yeo's LinkedIn)

Industry 4.0 – Time to Re-think the relevance of today’s factor

DENNIS YEO, MANAGING DIRECTOR, A&T SERVICES, SINGAPORE & SEA | APR 11, 2017

Like the Starship Enterprise, it will boldly take us to strange new worlds where no one has gone before. A new frontier awaits, where robots take over the menial and hazardous roles once performed by humans, freeing mankind to enjoy the very thing we do best – Create and make the world a better place! (Read full opinion piece on Dennis Yeo's LinkedIn)

Everything's not Lost

DESMOND SIM, HEAD OF RESEARCH, SINGAPORE & SEA | DEC 20, 2016

Singapore's shopping scene continued to be challenged this year, as a soft economic environment and tough labour market conditions dissauded people from purchase. (Read full opinion piece on Desmond Sim's LinkedIn)​​​​

Retail in Transit​

LETTY LEE, DIRECTOR, RETAIL SERVICES | DEC 9, 2016​

It's been a challenging year for retail as both landlords and retailers grapple with an economy that's restructuring. Retail is in a flux, but some positive trends point to retail players turning risk to opportunity. (Read full opinion piece on Letty Lee's LinkedIn)​​​​​

Hotel Roadmap Singapore - Some Thoughts

ROBERT MCINTOSH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CBRE HOTELS | NOV 25 2016​

The Singapore government's recent launch of a roadmap to transform the hotel industry is a welcome move. It appears to address some of the key challenges facing Singapore including a muted global economy and growing competition from disruptors like AirBnb. (Read full opinion piece on Robert McIntosh's LinkedIn)​​​​

Virtual Reality - A shot in the arm for Retail Malls?

LETTY LEE, DIRECTOR, RETAIL SERVICES | NOV 17, 2016​

Shop at Macy's in New York, then to Australia's Freedom Foods from the comfort of your home. Sounds impossible? In fact thats what half a million people did during the launch of Alibaba's Buy+ VR platform. (Read full opinion piece on Letty Lee's LinkedIn)​​​​

The Internet of Things in the Real Estate World

DESMOND SIM, HEAD OF RESEARCH, SINGAPORE & SEA | AUG 16, 2016

The Internet of Things, or "IoT" is not a new concept but definitely making waves in recent times. Fundamentally, IoT is a concept where every day inanimate objects or devices have the ability to communicate and transfer data without a need for human interaction. (Read full opinion piece on Desmond Sim's LinkedIn)

Don't be too incensed with Pokemon Go

DESMOND SIM, HEAD OF RESEARCH, SINGAPORE & SEA | AUG 7, 2016

On 6th August 2016, the much awaited worldwide event landed on the shores of Singapore. I am not talking about the stunning Rio Olympics in the Macarena Stadium. It was the official release of Pokemon Go in Singapore and 14 other countries. (Read full opinion piece on Desmond Sim's LinkedIn)

Singapore Still Attractive

DESMOND SIM, HEAD OF RESEARCH, SINGAPORE & SEA | MAY 25, 2016

On 24th May, the tender for the commercial-and-residential site in Bukit Batok West closed with Qingjian Realty topping the bid against 10 other bidders. The high number of bids was not unexpected as this is testament to developers' hunger for land. However the difference in each developer’s market outlook and appetite is reflected by the wide margin in bid pricing of up to 60%. (Read full opinion piece on Desmond Sim's LinkedIn)

No setting sun on this west end...

DESMOND SIM, HEAD OF RESEARCH, SINGAPORE & SEA | MAY 20, 2016

On January 2013, the Prime Minister’s Office released the population white paper: A Sustainable Population for a Dynamic Singapore. From this paper, much debate was circled around the projection that Singapore’s population could eventually grow from the current 5.3 million people to between 6.5 and 6.9 million by 2030. (Read full opinion piece on Desmond Sim's LinkedIn)

Why Wellness in the Workplace is already the 'Next Big Thing'

PETER ANDREW, DIRECTOR, WORKPLACE SOLUTIONS | MAY 20, 2016​

People in the developed world spend 90% of their lives inside buildings – and medical science is now guiding us where we can get best “bang for the buck” in terms of investing in better buildings and workplaces that enhance the health and well-being of building occupants. With respect to office buildings the benefits are obvious: healthier people perform better, and will be retained longer by organisations that look after their health and well-being. (Read full opinion piece on Peter Andrew's LinkedIn)​​​​

Ergonomics and ABW workplaces - are they compatible?

PETER ANDREW, DIRECTOR, WORKPLACE SOLUTIONS | APR 29, 2016​

The typical employee spends over half their waking hours in the office. Some of us may still recall the days when the principle purpose of the solidly built desk was to hold the PC and the very heavy cathode ray tube monitor screen. (Those under age thirty refer Wikipedia for more information). The fixed computer, the land line telephone tied us to the desk. Computer based work became the dominant form of work and new types of workplace injuries emerged. (Read full opinion piece on Peter Andrew's LinkedIn)​​​​

Co-working - Will it take off in Asia?

PETER ANDREW, DIRECTOR, WORKPLACE SOLUTIONS | APR 15, 2016​

Co-working is the new buzzword in Singapore - but how will it take off? That is a question many have asked. I personally feel that co-working will undoubtedly become part of the office landscape in Singapore as emerging models of business and new ways of working evolve in the knowledge economy. Whilst co-working centres were traditionally the domain of co-working operators, we are seeing increased interest by building owners and investors to either partner with operators or even establish their own solutions. Flexible co-working space is seen as a complementary partner to traditional leases enabling landlords to create new leasing models and small niche businesses to partner with major tenants. (Read full opinion piece on Peter Andrew's LinkedIn)​​​​