When you manage multiple facilities you may well be faced with the dilemma of whether or not to implement or continue a scheduled maintenance program due to budgetary reasons. Far too often people live in the here and now, and don't foresee the problems that will occur if these items are neglected. Unfortunately, when budget cuts are made, scheduled maintenance programs are typically one of the first things to go, because people just don't truly understand it's value. The dam
Brick and mortar retail continues to become more competitive by the day. Getting customers into your store is more difficult than ever before. With this in mind, you need to make sure that they receive the best in-store experience possible, EVERY time they are your guest. Choosing the right facility maintenance professionals is one way to do this. Here are some other steps to help you achieve this goal. 1. Spend intelligently - Despite the importance physical stores play in
Even though Valentine's Day marks the special time of year where we show that special someone in our life just how much they mean to us, there is still frequently love shared between facility directors and the service providers tasked with upkeep of their stores. Facility maintenance is often seen as a "necessary evil" despite the fact that it is frequently one of the top three expenses a national retailer is faced with. Due to this perception, the relationship is often trans
I am going to go out on a limb here and predict that the last time you needed a medical professional you didn't google "cheapest Chicago doctors" or "lowest cost LA surgeons". Even though the cost of the service provided played a role, inevitably the most important thing was the quality of the service and knowing you were in good hands. You would probably look for reviews on Google+ and Yelp, feedback on Social media pages and blogs, and would also probably reach out to frien
Today, we find ourselves at a very important junction in the year. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, Christmas is six weeks away, and retailers are prepping for their busiest time of the year. However, if you are like me and November 14th marks your birthday, you will know that it is 9 months since Valentine's Day (cue awkward conversation with your parents) and only 3 months left to prep for next year's celebration of romance, relationships and love. With this in mind,
Unfortunately, when we hear the term "outsourced" many of us begin to ask ourselves worrying questions. Will I lose control? Will they be held accountable? Do they understand my needs? Where will this solution be based, in the US or overseas? What if something goes wrong? The list goes on, but you get the idea. As with anything in life, we believe that the only way to alleviate your fears here is to be thorough in your evaluation and selection process. Is outsourcing for you?
Facility Management is a top 3 expense for many companies The modern day facility maintenance manager is tasked with an incredible number of responsibilities. Despite the cost to maintain a company's stores being one of its top three expenses, this is an area of the business that is frequently ignored and not given the attention that it deserves. An ever-changing retail environment With the ongoing "Retail Apocalypse" and a market that continues to become increasingly competi
Facility maintenance services is typically one of the top three budget spends when it comes to the modern day business. So why should corporations look to outsource this department if it's going to cost more money and resources? This is a question being discussed more frequently in boardrooms around the world as companies strive for financial growth and more economically efficient processes. There are many factors to consider when making this decision, including who will man