Summary

  • Over the past 35 years, global trade has increased by nearly 600%. To support this growth, logistics hubs connecting multiple transport modes have been established in virtually every country.
  • To more efficiently move goods worldwide, logistics operators have turned to hub-and-spoke models — similar to the systems adopted by the airlines in the 1970s.
  • CBRE Research has identified 30 global hubs that dominate world logistics today, which include Los Angeles, Chicago, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London and Paris.
  • The stage has been set for the rise of a new group of global logistics hubs in the coming decade, warranting close attention from the marketplace. CBRE Research has identified 20 such markets, including South Florida, Bajio, Busan, Suzhou, Berlin and Amsterdam.