The CEO of Prologis Inc., the biggest logistics real estate company in the world, asked the Federal Reserve on Wednesday to slow down its bold policy of raising interest rates and its harsh talk. He said that if the Fed did something, it could “scare this market into places they don’t want to go.”
Hamid R. Moghadam, the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of the company, did not say which area he was talking about. As a co-keynote speaker at his company’s annual Groundbreakers event in San Francisco, Moghadam said that the Federal Reserve is “getting a little carried away” with rate hikes and “the language that they’re using” to explain its policies.
Federal Reserve’s Rate Hikes Amid Inflation Concerns
The federal funds rate (the rate at which banks charge each other for overnight loans) has been increased by the Federal Reserve by 525 basis points (since March 2022). Inflation reached its greatest level since the early 1980s in June 2022 but has since fallen significantly to the low 3 percent area as a result of the most aggressive rate-tightening strategy in 40 years. Inflation should be at or around 2%, according to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell, therefore interest rates will remain elevated for a longer time.
There have been demands for the Fed to suspend their rate hikes so that the increased borrowing costs would have time to affect the economy. Since changes in interest rates usually have a lag effect, there is fear that the Fed’s rises have not yet been fully felt by the economy.
Impact of Federal Reserve’s Policies on Commercial Real Estate and Future Prospects for Prologis
Borrowing rates for all businesses have gone up due to the Fed’s policies, but commercial real estate has been hit particularly hard. Higher interest rates have reduced the allure of transactions in the industrial sector of commercial real estate, which is dominated by logistics warehouses. Tenants have withdrawn from the market in part because general demand has slowed, reducing the need for warehouse space.
Nonetheless, the market is being supported by the fact that third-party logistics firms and online merchants have a strong need for warehouse space.
Moghadam believes that 2024 will be a prosperous year for Prologis since the business can finally catch up on new sales and renewals because of the much lower rents in its portfolio compared to the market. He predicted that Prologis would be able to develop rapidly for at least the next decade because of the gap between its rents and market rates.
Prologis’ Transformation into a Logistics Solutions Company
With the proceeds, Moghadam added, Prologis will recast itself as a “logistics solutions company,” expanding its offerings beyond conventional real estate. According to Moghadam, the majority of the company’s expansion in 2024 will come through internal means rather than external buyouts. The corporation controls the flow of goods equal to three percent of global GDP over a worldwide network spanning more than one billion square feet.
Ted Decker, chairman, president, and CEO of The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD), and one of Prologis’ major tenants, joined Moghadam on stage for the keynote address. After disruptions in 2020, 2021, and early 2022 due to pandemics, both CEOs believe global supply chains have returned to normal. Both parties, however, agreed that all it would take is one catastrophic incident to once again blow up global networks, triggering supply chain disruptions.
Increasing Buffer Stocks and Leveraging AI: Future Strategies of Prologis and Home Depot
Moghadam predicted that as a result of these worries, companies will increase their spending on buffer stock and storage facilities. Instead of risking massive inventory stockouts in the case of another crisis, businesses will spend more on replenishing, he added.
Each organization plans to increase its usage of AI. Prologis’s efforts will be directed at assisting the firm in optimizing its lease and capital allocation. As Moghadam put it. Decker said that Home Depot will use this to better understand consumer preferences and improve inventory restocking and mass customization.
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