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Calandra Cruickshank on Streamlining Location Selection and Opportunity Zone Investments

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Selecting a corporate site or validating an investment in an opportunity zone can take a very long time, sometimes months. Calandra Cruickshank (@CalandraLila) recognized that by leveraging the power of big data, these processes could be significantly faster and easier. Thus, Statebook International® was founded. Statebook is the first nationwide online marketplace for economic development and corporate location selection headquartered in NY.

With over a decade in the tech industry, Cruickshank specializes in designing and implementing creative campaigns using sustainable and socially responsible programs and strategic alliances between for-profit and non-profit companies and government agencies.

Calandra previously co-founded and served as president and on the board of directors for, an online coupon hosting platform that benefits nonprofits while saving consumers money and driving traffic and sales to brands and retailers. Calandra also co-founded and served as senior vice president for Good Deed Foundation, a national branding and licensing company that leveraged existing supermarket products to support non-profit organizations benefitting climate change and women and families in poverty.

In this conversation, Blake and Calandra discuss:

  • The rise of Opportunity Zones and how Real Estate Investors can leverage big data to streamline decision making.
  • What corporations are most attracted to in location selection and how this might affect real estate.
  • How Real Estate Developers are transforming abandoned malls into community-focused experiences.

Learn more about Statebook International® at Check out their About Page for direct emails to Calandra and her team. Follow Statebook on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Finally, connect with Calandra on Twitter, @CalandraLila, and on LinkedIn.

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Melody Akhtari on Creating Efficient, Secure, and Magical Package Delivery Solutions

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In 2011, Amazon introduced TV & movie streaming as part of its Prime subscription service. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this boosted Prime subscriptions, boosting Amazon sales, and creating a boom in package deliveries. Today, nearly 47% of package deliveries come from Amazon! In multi-family and mixed-use buildings, this created a huge problem. Melody Akhtari (@iMelody, TW), Director of Marketing & Communications at Luxer One (@LuxerOne, TW), says that what started as a front desk courtesy in these properties is now a major headache. Luxer One has the solution.

Luxer One is a technology company specializing in secure delivery and convenient pick up of goods. The company’s smart package lockers and access control technology are used across industries, including residential, retail, commercial, and higher education.

As multifamily’s most trusted name in locker technology, Luxer One has deployed thousands of lockers throughout the USA and Canada to facilitate the delivery of goods for customers. The high-quality locker hardware is designed and manufactured in the United States, and Luxer One’s in-house developers and designers build the system’s software applications. Lockers can be fully customized to unique customer scenarios, from vibrant colors and wraps to customized UX screens.

The Luxer One team started innovating 24/7 automated locker solutions in San Francisco in 2005, with the Luxer One brand launching in 2013. Today, the company is headquartered in Sacramento, CA, with over 150 employees globally. In late 2018, Luxer One joined the ASSA ABLOY family of security and access control brands.

Melody believes deeply in the power of brand promise, led by the drumbeat of a central company credo. She helped to refine and promote Luxer One’s mission statement of “relentlessly improving how the world receives goods.” During her first year with the company, Melody also supported Luxer One’s sister company, Laundry Locker, which was dedicated to convenient dry cleaning for multifamily residents of San Francisco.

In this episode Blake and Melody discuss:

  • How package lockers increase both efficiency and a buildings bottom line.
  • What property owners should be considering when planning for package locker services in their buildings.
  • Ensuring accessibility to package locker services through compliance and customization.

Learn more about Luxer One and their line of products visit You can also follow Luxer One on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Connect with Melody Akhtari on Twitter, @iMelody, and on her LinkedIn page.

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