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New Perspective: From Pandemic to Performance

A three-part series authored by Cushman & Wakefield’s global research team that provides a new perspective on COVID-19’s impact on the commercial real estate (CRE) industry and the future of the office.

Part 1: Global Office Impact Study and Recovery Timing 
Part 2: Purpose of Place: History and Future of the Office
Part 3: Workplace Ecosystems of the Future

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Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide For Reopening Your Workplace
As of September 2020, we’ve added new material to our Recovery Readiness Guide taken from the insights we have gained from our ongoing work with clients, through thousands of survey responses, and our experience with our own workforce and spaces around the world.
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Office Leasing Seen Remaining Below Pre-Covid Levels Until 2025

Global pricing and demand for office space will take almost five years to recover from the damage wrought by the pandemic, according to a report by Cushman & Wakefield.

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Cushman & Wakefield CEO on the timeline to an office space demand recovery

Cushman & Wakefield CEO Brett White joins CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” team to break down its earnings and how he anticipates office space demand to recover eventually.

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What offices will look like going forward

ABC's Diedre Bolton joins us with more on new CDC guidelines about working environments.

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America Disrupted: The future of the workplace

Yahoo Finance’s Akiko Fujita spoke with Cushman & Wakefield NY Region President Toby Dodd, WeWork Chief Production & Experience Officer Hamid Hashemi, and Thrive Global Founder & CEO Arianna Huffington about what the workplace will look like after COVID-19.

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How to Make Offices More Healthful—and Less Stressful

Employers need to create offices that workers will feel safe to come back to

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Trying Out New Office Layouts for the Post-Pandemic Age

Cushman & Wakefield experiments with distant desks, one-way aisles, restricted conference rooms, and lots of signage.

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How the Coronavirus Will Reshape Architecture

What kinds of space are we willing to live and work in now?

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Here’s how coronavirus may change how Big Tech works

Cushman & Wakefield constructed a mock-up of what it calls “The 6 Feet Office,” in Amsterdam, to demonstrate what a safe office space may look like.

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Plexiglass, masks, warning signs: Is this the office of the future?

As countries begin reopening, offices are redesigning their environments to keep workers safe from coronavirus.

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More companies might allow employees to work from home even after the pandemic

Several companies are starting to unveil plans for their employees to continue to work remotely, even when social distancing guidelines, implemented due to the coronavirus pandemic, begin to lift.

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New perspective on the Economy

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Research • Economy

Global Economy Reopening Tracker & Interactive Map

The Global Economy Reopening Tracker provides a vantage into the changing landscape of economic and social activity across major markets around the world.
David Smith • 2/17/2021
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Research • Economy

U.S. Office Sector: The Road Ahead in 2021 - Part Three

In a series of three snapshots focused respectively on the economy, key office trends, and a 2021 outlook, we explore some of the factors that will shape this calendar year.
Kevin Thorpe • 2/9/2021
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Research • Economy

U.S. Office Sector: The Road Ahead in 2021 - Part Two

In a series of three snapshots focused respectively on the economy; key office trends—what we know and don’t know; and a 2021 outlook, we explore some of the factors that will shape this calendar year.
Kevin Thorpe • 2/1/2021
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Research • Economy

U.S. Office Sector: The Road Ahead in 2021 - Part One

In a series of three snapshots focused respectively on the economy, key office trends, and a 2021 outlook, we explore some of the factors that will shape this calendar year.
Kevin Thorpe • 1/26/2021
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Insights • Economy

COVID-19 Impacts for EMEA Real Estate

As the global pandemic progresses across borders and within countries our EMEA local market research colleagues will share what they are seeing on the ground.
Andrew Phipps • 2/11/2021
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Research • Economy

How do we move forward after COVID-19 changed the world?

The global pandemic has changed the way we operate, run businesses, educate children, socialize with friends – it’s changed the way we live our lives.
Andrew Phipps • 10/7/2020
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Research • Policy

Policy Watch Q3 2020: COVID-19 Economic Measures Across Top Global Economies

As unprecedented as the crisis is, it’s being met by a wholly unprecedented global policy response. From Europe and the UK to countries throughout Asia and the Americas, central banks and governments have been called to action—and they are stepping up.
10/9/2020
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Research • Economy

How COVID-19 is hitting the reset button on the global economy and property types

The stresses caused by the 2020 global recession will have a major impact on property across the globe over the next several years.
Kevin Thorpe • 10/7/2020
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Article • Insights

Leveraging Mergers and Acquisitions with Incentives

A company merging with or acquiring another firm should make sure to perform its due diligence with regard to previously granted incentives before entering into the transaction.
Jason Lake • 10/2/2020
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Research • Economy

Global Office Impact Study & Recovery Timing Report

An analysis of COVID-19’s impact on the office sector: forecasts and outcomes.
Kevin Thorpe • 9/22/2020
 

New perspective on the Workplace

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Podcast • Sustainability

Podcast: All Inclusive Sustainable Business

What does sustainability have to do with inclusion? Understanding and navigating these impacts will be critical to avoid deepening existing inequalities and support a 'just transition'.
Michael Creamer • 2/17/2021
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Podcast • Workplace

Podcast: Wellbeing and Work

We are living a work-life integration where people don’t know when or how to turn off. As these challenging times continue to have a significant impact on employees, have we seen the wake-up call for employers to consider investing in the experience of their employees?
Michael Creamer • 2/3/2021
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Podcast • Workplace

Rebuilding Culture In A Post Pandemic World

With business leaders planning to maintain a hybrid work-from-home structure even after the COVID-19 threat has passed, everything has changed. How should businesses now think about culture and what it means?
Despina Katsikakis • 1/21/2021
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Research • Workplace

Workplace Ecosystems of the Future

In this report, we examine what the future of the office will look like in a post-COVID-19 world by exploring investor, occupier and placemaker feedback and analyze historical work from home (WFH) penetration rates.
David Smith • 12/21/2020
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Insights • Workplace

Millennials and COVID-19: The unlucky generation 

Millennials have been more affected by the pandemic than other generations and will become a powerful change agent.
Dominic Brown • 12/17/2020
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Video • Workplace

What’s your take…on investors and occupiers

EMEA Heads of Occupier Services and Investor Services, James Maddock and James Young, discuss how companies can keep employees engaged during challenging times such as a pandemic. 
Andrew Phipps • 12/2/2020
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Article • Workplace

Q&A: Are Businesses Leaving Big Cities?

After a decade that increasingly focused on central cities, it feels like everything has been turned inside out as folks flock to the suburbs due to COVID-19—or are they?
Kenneth McCarthy • 11/12/2020
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Research • Office

Do amenities still matter in a post-COVID-19 world?

The office—its workspaces, amenities and services—will need to be redesigned to support employees’ evolving needs.
Despina Katsikakis • 11/9/2020
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Research • Workplace

Experience per Square Foot™ (XSF)  2.0

With the launch of Experience per Square Foot™ 2.0, Cushman & Wakefield is again taking the lead in getting its clients the immediate insights they need to strategize and plan as the global pandemic accelerates the evolution of the workplace and workplace ecosystem
Bryan Berthold • 11/5/2020
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Insights • Office

Purpose of Place: History and Future of the Office

This study is the second in a four-part series that provides a new perspective on COVID-19’s impact on the commercial real estate (CRE) industry and the future of the office.
David Smith • 10/29/2020
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Research • Facilities Managment

Introducing the Virtual Technician—technical support during a turbulent time

A highly connected world of emerging technology paired with the necessity of social distancing have paved the way for modern technical support.
Paul Bedborough • 10/7/2020
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Research • Workplace

Measuring Sublease Activity Throughout the Pandemic - Vol. 2

It should come as no surprise that sublease vacancy increased generally across the office market and minimally throughout the industrial market in the first half of 2020. For market-by-market details, explore our interactive map.
Robert Sammons • 9/24/2020
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Cleaning & Operational Solutions that Help Promote Safe Property Operations

Our NEW interactive map details considerations for no-to-high-cost solutions that owners can implement at their properties in the areas of Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP); Cleaning and Operations to help promote safe, compliant property operations and business environments.
Marla Maloney • 9/4/2020
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Research • Workplace

Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide for Reopening your Workplace

The “Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide for Reopening your Workplace,” outlines some of the best thinking and practices that our more than 53,000 professionals have compiled across the globe and also includes insights from key partners.
9/2/2020
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Insights • Coworking

The Changing Role of Coworking in the Workplace Ecosystem

Although coworking has been dramatically impacted by COVID-19 and the economic downturn, it’s likely to remain a viable and important workplace environment for a variety of user types and reasons.
David Smith • 8/3/2020
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Research • Technology

Update on COVID-19 and Emerging Technologies

As time progresses in the COVID-19 pandemic, our collective understanding of the virus, its transmission and its mitigation continue to evolve. Most recently, some studies now posit that aerosol transmission is possible.
7/16/2020
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Research • Workplace

Urban to suburban: the growing shift to the suburbs as COVID-19 changes the way people live

The dynamics between the central business districts (CBDs) and the suburbs are shifting.
Kenneth McCarthy • 7/7/2020
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Podcast • Workplace

Podcast: The Future of Workplace

In our fifth podcast of the “Rebalancing the Work-Life Experience” series we review the successes and challenges of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despina Katsikakis • 6/30/2020
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Research • Workplace

Workplace Trends Accelerated – and Reversed – by COVID-19

Which changes are actual disruptions of the status quo, and which are just accelerations of a pre-existing trend?
David Smith • 6/22/2020
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Research • Office

Recovery Guidelines for Buildings

With lessons learned across 100 million square meters under management, the Vanke Service | Cushman & Wakefield joint venture has collaborated with Lujiazui Financial City and RICS to produce an extensive set of guidelines to help landlords and tenants in China and around the world get back to the workplace.
Edward Law • 6/17/2020
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Podcast • Workplace

Podcast: Focusing on Employee Health and Wellbeing

In our fourth podcast of the “Rebalancing the Work-Life Experience” series we take a deep dive into the importance of employee health and wellbeing. This issue is critical to the success of any company.
Steven Zatta • 6/8/2020
 

New perspective on Investments

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Video • Office

What’s your take…on healthy buildings?

Senior Vice President, Building Solutions Group at Carrier, Rajan Goel, discusses the importance of healthy buildings in a post-COVID-19 world.
Andrew Phipps • 1/8/2021
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Video • Investment

What’s your take…on the state of global investment?

Global Head of Investor Research, David Bitner discusses what’s happening in 2020 and the good news on the investment front coming in the year ahead.
Andrew Phipps • 12/17/2020
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Insights • Economy

Asia Pacific on the rise

Why Asia Pacific will grow and dominate the next decade.
Matthew Bouw • 12/16/2020
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Research • Multifamily

Coliving During COVID-19

Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, coliving was a rapidly growing niche asset class in major North American markets. The pandemic has created some challenges for developers and operators as overall rents and occupancy have declined, yet rent collections have remained in line with conventional multifamily.
Susan Tjarksen • 11/12/2020
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Article • Investment

Green Leasing - Action, adaption and adoption for commercial offices in China

Green leasing in China not only serves to address environmental concerns in the interests of conserving China’s varied and distinctive landscapes and biodiversity, but moreover offers office landlords and office tenants in China palpable gains and savings.
Shaun Brodie • 7/8/2020
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Article • Residential

Looking Beyond COVID-19: The Shanghai Residential Market

While certain measures will not jolt Shanghai’s residential market into significant price increases, they will be effective in stabilising the market by encouraging rational price growth for the foreseeable future.
Shaun Brodie • 6/18/2020
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Research • Technology

5G is here. Why it matters and how it will play a part in a post-COVID-19 world

With working from home becoming the ‘new normal’ due to COVID-19 – at least in the short term – being better connected via 5G has become crucial to organizations.
6/1/2020
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Research • Technology

Are Millennials and Gen Z powering a FinTech revolution?

The global fintech industry has grown significantly and now there is potential for this disruption to be turbo-charged.
Dominic Brown • 6/1/2020
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Research • Investment

Guidelines, Considerations & Resources for Landlords & Property Managers

These guides are the foundation from which landlords and property managers can prepare their properties for reopening and minimize the impact to tenants.
5/22/2020
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Video • Technology

Fifth Wall and Cushman & Wakefield: The return to public spaces

Analysis of how buildings and the technology in them will change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the changing dynamic between landlords and tenants.
5/21/2020
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Research • Valuation

U.S. Lodging Industry Overview Q1 2020

Although hotel performance was already decelerating in 2019—and expectations for 2020 and 2021 were for level-to-modestly declining RevPAR—no one in the industry could have expected the level of disruption due to COVID-19.
Elaine Sahlins • 5/8/2020
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Research • Investment

Occupier Monetization in the Time of COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 has caused uncertainty for many companies. As earnings pressures and liquidity needs have increased, corporations are focused on drawing down on credit lines, renegotiating debt terms and accessing government assistance through federal programs.
Robert Elms • 5/6/2020
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Video • Technology

Fifth Wall and Cushman & Wakefield: A candid discussion about COVID-19

A candid discussion on COVID-19 and its effects on the imperative of technology adoption in the global real estate industry.
5/5/2020
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Article • Investment

Debt Markets on Path to Recovery

The Federal Reserve released new term sheets for its various lending facilities. Credit market conditions have improved in these targeted areas and to a lesser extent in related credit markets.
David Bitner • 5/1/2020
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Article • Valuation

The Current & Future State of the Hotel Industry

The hotel industry is one of many facing uncertainties due to COVID-19. Read highlights about the U.S. hotel industry’s current landscape, opportunities and strategies as we continue to look ahead.
Elaine Sahlins • 4/23/2020
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Video • Multifamily

Webinar: COVID-19 Implications for Multifamily Investors

Watch Cushman & Wakefield’s webinar to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on the multifamily space and implications for investors.

Kristina Garcia • 4/16/2020
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Article • Investment

Negotiating Business Incentives: Preparing for What’s Next

What can companies anticipate for ongoing projects and future incentive agreements?
Jason Lake • 4/16/2020
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Article • Hospitality

The Impact of COVID-19 on Hotel Values

The long-term impact on U.S. hotel performance will vary by market, and the durations of the initial decline and the subsequent recovery remain uncertain.
Elaine Sahlins • 4/15/2020
 

New perspective on retail & e-commerce

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Article • Industrial

The Future of Grocery Fulfillment

Grocery supply chains are some of the most complex in the industry. Product shelf life, fragility, and temperature requirements present unavoidable challenges within the grocery supply chain.
Chris Copenhaver • 12/8/2020
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E-commerce Growth Surge Sparks Logistics Free-For-All

E-commerce has exploded in recent years, but as COVID-19 emerged the sector has seen unprecedented growth. While many industries battled disruptions, e-commerce provides opportunity.
Benjamin Conwell • 11/16/2020
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Research • Logistics

Expert Panel: Transforming the Supply Chain for Growing Digital Sales Demand

Listen to our latest panel of logistics and retail experts as they discuss the impacts of changing consumer behaviors on e-commerce supply chains. How has the extreme growth of digital sales impacted fulfillment?
Tray Anderson • 10/21/2020
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Research • Retail

Can the shopping mall survive COVID-19?

With the continued growth of e-commerce and the impact of COVID-19, mall developers are faced with difficult challenges and the ultimate question: what does the future hold for the shopping mall?
Richard Latella • 10/7/2020
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Article • Logistics

The Supply Chain Ripple Effect Could Linger for Months

The pandemic and changing consumer behavior exposed weaknesses in supply chains, and as a result, we may see stock-outs and low inventories for months.
Bethany Clark • 7/20/2020
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Research • Retail

Shanghai’s Double Five Shopping Festival

The ‘May 5th Shopping Festival’ was designed to be a major catalyst for retail consumption by bringing together the key components of the ‘Shanghai Shopping’ brand.
Shaun Brodie • 6/29/2020
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Article • Retail

Retail Strategies to Optimize Inventory and Convert Consumers

The retail landscape is evolving, and brands will need to be agile and forward-thinking to capitalize on new opportunities and compete in a rapidly changing marketplace.
Barrie Scardina • 6/25/2020
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Article • Retail

The FMCG Sector – Fast-moving changes for fast-moving consumer goods in China

Over recent years, the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector in China has enjoyed favourable industry growth off the back of a growing economy and consumer spending leading to greater retail sales.
Shaun Brodie • 6/25/2020
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Article • Retail

Restoring Retail Confidence: The Future of Fitness

The fitness industry pivoted during mid-March when fitness centers and boutique gyms were forced to close as a result of COVID-19. Now, the looming question is: How will the fitness industry move forward as this pandemic evolves?
Barrie Scardina • 5/14/2020
 
 

New perspective on Sustainability

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Podcast • Sustainability

Podcast: The Impact of Sustainability and ESG on Property

The property industry has long considered investment in sustainability to be important, but often at odds with the profit-driven pressures many companies face.
Michael Creamer • 11/11/2020
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Research • Sustainability

Up in the air: climate change uncertainty in an uncertain time

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been vast-reaching, affecting billions of individuals’ daily lives and interactions with our communities.
Eric Tilden • 6/1/2020
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Article • Our community

Making an Impact: National Solutions, Local Affects

When COVID-19 first began spreading, we quickly realized that the C&W Services team supporting a global car manufacturer required a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for disinfecting areas known to be or suspected of being contaminated by the virus.
4/15/2020
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Article • Our community

Our People Making an Impact: Supporting the Frontline

Javier Lezamiz, Account Director for Cushman & Wakefield’s Tri-State Asset Services group, is considered an essential employee.
Javier Lezamiz • 4/9/2020
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Article • Sustainability

Asset Protection Measures for Commercial Properties in Response to COVID-19

This is part 2 in our Insights series featuring energy conservation and asset protection of commercial properties in response to COVID-19.
Mike Turzanski • 3/23/2020

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Research • Economy

The Chief Economist

Navigating today’s markets is more complex than ever. Cushman & Wakefield’s Chief Economist Kevin Thorpe is here to provide clarity on what's happening and what’s next. 
Kevin Thorpe • 5/11/2020
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Insights • Economy

Webinar: COVID-19 Implications for Real Estate Investors and Occupiers

Watch the Cushman & Wakefield webinar to learn about the implications of COVID-19 for real estate investors and occupiers.
Kevin Thorpe • 3/23/2020

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