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Win illustrates trend in increasing demand for outsourcing of facilities management services in China’s Industrial sector
FedEx, the world’s largest express transportation company has appointed Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) as the facilities manager for its new 850,000 sq ft Asia Pacific logistic hub in Guangzhou, China.
According to Ian Bottrell, Head of Integrated Facilities Management, North Asia for Jones Lang LaSalle, real estate outsourcing by manufacturing, logistics and industrial companies in China is fast becoming the norm.
Mr Bottrell said, “Jones Lang LaSalle’s Global Corporate Real Estate Survey 2011 showed that 60% of companies worldwide expect to increase the size of their real estate portfolios in North Asia, predominantly China, in the next three years.”
“China continues to attract manufacturing and industrial firms to build plants and factories. These companies are increasingly looking at real estate outsourcing as a way of acquiring knowledge and expertise in an unfamiliar market, reducing operating costs and improving overall productivity,” said Mr Bottrell. “The FedEx Asia Pacific logistics hub is evidence of a continuing trend towards outsourcing facilities management in China’s industrial sector.”
The Firm’s Integrated Facilities Management team will provide comprehensive engineering, maintenance, and inventory management services for all facilities including – for the first time – FedEx's sorting equipment. This state-of-the-art facility sorts 24,000 packages per hour with 1,200 FedEx staff. It also provides clients with next-day delivery service to 22 major cities, linking them to 220 countries worldwide.
This win introduces a new service capability for Jones Lang LaSalle’s business. Approximately 50 staff members, from engineers to facility managers, will be involved in supervising the operations of the FedEx facility. “Our partnership approach and flexible delivery model were the key differentiators in winning this project. We were able to recognize FedEx’s challenges and identify the right solutions to address them,” said Julius Lau, Head of Integrated Facilities Management at Jones Lang LaSalle, China. “We offered a dynamic delivery model, which includes partnering with different specialist vendors, to customize a solution that really delivers value and cost savings for FedEx”.
“We would like to congratulate Jones Lang LaSalle for the exceptional effort that went into this evaluation, and we recognize the hard work and significant accomplishments it has attained,” said Jim Lu, Facilities Manager for FedEx. “The Firm’s appointment will help bring international standards to a rapidly growing area in China.”
Jones Lang LaSalle is a leading commercial real estate and facilities management services provider. In China, it currently has 19.8 million sq ft under its management, including 12.5 million sq ft of industrial portfolio.
About FedEx:FedEx Express is the world's largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to every address. With unmatched air route authorities and an extensive air/ground infrastructure, FedEx Express provides customs-cleared, door-to-door service to more international locations than its competitors. International express delivery is guaranteed to more than 220 countries and territories, with a variety of time-definite services to meet distinct customer needs.
About Jones Lang LaSalle Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2010 global revenue of more than USD 2.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 60 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 185 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.8 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with more than USD 43 billion of assets under management.
Jones Lang LaSalle has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with over 19,700 employees operating in 78 offices in 13 countries across the region. The firm was named the Best Property Consultancy in Asia Pacific at 'The Asia Pacific Property Awards 2011 in association with Bloomberg Television'. For further information, please visit our website, www.ap.joneslanglasalle.com
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