Earlier this summer, I participated in an internal AECOM client event that discussed the future of “integrated” mobility hubs in different types of geographic locations (urban, suburban, and rural). What is an integrated mobility hub? It’s our working definition for real estate or infrastructure development that incorporates mixed uses, smart-city technology, public spaces, and multi-modal transportation options, from autonomous vehicles and buses to ride-sharing alternatives, scooters, and drones. At the event, I spoke specifically about e-commerce applications, public-private partnerships, and how certain kinds of P3 models might be used to foster the development of these hubs. I thought it would be worthwhile to transform my talking points from the event into a longer form article here at AEC Labs, so here we go!Read More
A recent article in the UK’s Construction News publication (also picked up nationally here in the US by Bisnow) suggests that Amazon is “reinventing” the construction and real estate development markets thanks to its incredible growth, both in the US and abroad. But what, specifically, does that mean? And should construction industry stakeholders feel “emboldened” or “threatened” by Amazon’s disruptive tactics? Could the company vertically integrate into a development, design, and construction operation that serves third-party clients? We tackle all of these questions in this article here at AEC Labs.Read More
The online B2B marketplace Khareed’s mission is to “professionalize” the way the procurement business is done in Pakistan, as well as improve pricing transparency and give enterprise customers – including those looking for construction materials and equipment – a more “trustworthy” procurement experience.Read More
Twenty years into the Amazon era, cracking the online B2B construction materials and procurement market remains an elusive challenge. Still, it’s one that startups across the globe still seem keen on tackling, particularly in India, where another building materials online store recently announced seed funding.Read More
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