Heavy Lifting

— By Jim Arabia — How facility managers of multi-location maintenance projects can benefit from an automated, single source heavy equipment rental provider.   Every project manager and maintenance director knows the importance of having the right construction equipment delivered

Maintaining 4 Floors

— By Aaron Hartung — Developing a maintenance plan for your facility’s carpet, LVT, VCT and ceramic floors.   Flooring maintenance protects your initial investment, paying dividends when compared to ripping and replacing every 5 years. And here’s an insider

Benefits of Closure

— By David Dawdy — Alternatives to elevator lobbies are a game changer for the retail and hospitality industries.   In 1980, a kitchen fire tore through the casino floor of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The inferno sent

Protect & Serve

— By Rusty Amarante — The future looks bright for service-based franchises.   Providing specialized and on-demand services, service-based businesses currently represent a large portion of the franchise establishments in the United States. For almost a decade, service-based franchises have

Light & Liability

— By Ted Stouch — Parking area liability: are you vulnerable? In a retail or restaurant setting, a dark and foreboding parking lot or garage is a business owners’ worst nightmare. While a perfect setting for a horror movie, in

Franchising Franks

— By Katie Lee — Pasadena, California-based Dog Haus is entering new markets through franchising and partnerships with Kitchen United and Live Nation.   Dog Haus is an emerging new restaurant concept that, frankly, isn’t that new. But it is

MC Group: Signature Vendor Spotlight

— Interview with Tim Eippert —   R&R: Where are you based and how long has the company been in business? Tim Eippert: MC Group was founded in Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1953 as MC Sign Company, serving Northeast Ohio and

HOODZ International: Signature Vendor Spotlight

— Interview with Keith Turner —     R&R: Where are you based and how long has the company been in business? Keith Turner: HOODZ was started in 2009 and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. R&R: What is your

Month to Month

— By Dr. Nancy Troyano — The most common pest issues in restaurants by month — and what you need to know to defeat them.   With plenty of food, sugar-rich beverages, moisture and heat, restaurants are essentially the perfect

A Serious Threat

— By Jay Hart — How businesses can plan for the growing concern of active shooters and workplace violence.   Active shooter incidents used to be rare. But now, people realize they are more likely to be involved in an

Needs Further Assessment

— By Gene Belli — What retail and restaurant facility owners need to know about environmental and condition assessments. At some point or points during the life of a thriving retail or restaurant property, it will inevitably require an assessment

Controlling Interest

— By Carol L. Carey — How to control social media and news coverage of your establishment through effective, preventative pest control.   Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, local news outlets and even national television cover everything: the good, the bad

(Right) Size Matters

— By Dan Brickner — Now trending: right-sizing and reducing the store footprint with smaller-format stores. Retailers have discovered there is no longer a “one-size-fits-all” approach to market expansion. As a result, astute retailers are “right-sizing” their retail footprints and

Design For Experience

— Interview by Katie Lee — How The Container Store’s new prototype design enhances the customer experience. When The Container Store unveils a new store prototype, you can bet it is innovative, organized, high-tech, and a completely refreshing customer experience.

Maintain a Little, Save a Lot

— By Mike Rosen — How your parking lot can drive down operating costs.   Of all the areas you’re responsible to maintain, the parking lot is one of the largest. And, in the fast-paced retail and restaurant industry, it

Costs Go Up When Elevators Go Down

— By Charlie Slater — Consistent elevator & escalator maintenance is helpful to the bottom line.   It’s no secret that elevators and escalators are essential to a building. They provide the building’s occupants safe and efficient vertical transportation to

Real Savings

— By Ted Stouch — The financial benefits of converting parking lot lighting to LED.   Anyone who has been in any part of the facility business, for even a short amount of time, has read, talked about or spoken

Proactive Protocols

— By Megan Varano — Changing the game from reactive to proactive facility maintenance protocols. The last decade-plus has brought tremendous change in the FM industry. It’s been thrilling to be part of the evolution. Working on both the retail

The High Costs of Low Bids

— By Adam Kulpa — How the lowest asphalt bid might cost you more in the long run. Replacing a parking lot is a huge investment for most property owners. It is also a huge liability when it comes to

Franchising Freddy’s

— By Katie Lee —   Coming off its second highest expansion year to date, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers now eyes non-traditional venues such as colleges, stadiums and, eventually, airports.   When fast-casual brand Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Refresh Results

— By Jim Arabia — Grocery stores in particular generate big boosts in sales from refreshing and remodeling.   The fear of online shopping overtaking in-store purchases certainly hasn’t hit the grocery market yet, with a Gallup poll showing 84%

No Pests, More Guests

— By Mike Watt —   How to get rid of the frequent diners you do NOT want.   There is no privacy anymore, and no privacy can often turn into terrible publicity for restaurants. For instance, go to YouTube

Plan, Prepare, Prevent

— By Michael Mastous — Fire prevention and protection tips business owners need to know.   According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 8.3% of fires take place in non-residential properties, with an estimated 100,300 non-residential fires reported between 2014-2016, resulting

Mastic Makes it Possible

— By Lee Lowis — Durable parking lot repairs with less downtime.   Henry Ford did not invent the automobile, nor did he invent the assembly line. His efforts did bring the horseless carriage within reach of the middle class.

Water Works

— By Paul Bothner — Selecting proper water heating solution can improve restaurant’s bottom line.   Restaurants use as much as five to seven times the amount of water per square foot than other commercial businesses, according to the National

Thoughts on Thermal

— By Brent Lammert — Thermal imaging tools for post-hurricane water restoration and remediation. Thermal imaging tools integrated with moisture meters can speed up the post-hurricane recovery process, improve repair quality, and add to contractor credibility. A thermal imaging camera