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US real estate agents are reporting a new trend – additional distribution centres to help shippers have a ‘just-in-case’ supply chain to back up their just-in-time strategy. Following Hurricane Sandy and other disruptions, companies now want to keep some stock on hand. As this New York Times article reports: “Companies are trying to strike a balance between ‘carrying the minimum inventory possible, yet never running out of things, because inventory equals cost’.” An interesting new trend.