Remodel Budgeting

— By Blake Callahan — Essential steps to plan for success.   There are many phases of a remodel project depending on the size of the project: planning, budgeting, demolition, construction/build-back and cleanup. There’s also a great deal of questions

A Lot to Consider

— By Dr. Andrae Holliday, Sr.   Accessibility requirements for your retail and restaurant parking lots.   According to ADA.gov, more than 50 million Americans — 18% of our population — have disabilities. Each one is a potential customer. Studies

Front & Center

— By Eric Brownlee —   Is your landscape management program doing all it can to highlight your brand?   How do you see the landscapes on your properties? Do you consider landscaping as a brand asset, or is it

Does Your Lot Make the Grade?

— By Jaron Srain —   How to tell if your parking lot meets commercial standards.   The first thing a client sees when they pull up to your business is not your sign, your landscaping or even your building.

2020 Landscape

— By Trent Limban —   The right products for cost-efficient landscape curb appeal.   Maintaining your landscaping is an important factor in keeping your customers coming back as well as attracting new customers. The best and easiest way to

The Company You Keep

— By Carmine J. Esposito —   10 waste management myths that cost you time and money — and how to choose the right company for your needs.   Commercial waste management often bears a reputation for being costly, time

Maintaining Your Floors Outdoors

— By Bob Lester — Keep your outdoor walkways as safe as your interior floors: How to avoid parking lot slips and trips this winter.   The weather has gotten colder, precipitation in many regions of the country has turned

Sign Us Up

— By Mike Folk — Sign maintenance options: they’re out there.   We’ve all seen them. Signs that have one or several letters burnt out. Even though we know what that sign says when properly lit, the appearance makes one

Relevant & Resinous

— By Kendall Youngworth —   Enhancing the retail customer experience with flooring.   The discussion about the future of brick-and-mortar stores rages on, but most forecasters agree on one thing: They will not become obsolete any time soon, if

Can’t Find Parking?

— By Chris Scheppmann — A smart, simple solution to a holiday nightmare.   Retail executives across the United States recently had to face their annual holiday parking nightmare. Holiday sales represent about 20% of annual sales each year (with

The Power of Clean

— By Carol L. Carey — Why hiring a professional pressure washer is good for business.   We no longer live in an age where negative remarks about service or cleanliness are written on a comment card and dropped in

Restaurants Helping Retail

— By Scott Benson — No longer an afterthought, food and beverage is taking up more space in the retail landscape than ever before.   The ways in which consumers choose to spend their time and money are changing and

Predictive Power

— By Rick Sung — Leveraging the power of predictive analysis in facilities management.   Renowned management consultant Peter Drucker once mused, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” For leaders seeking ways to advance their facilities management

One Word For You: Plastics

— By Ray Hatch — How restaurants can help curb the plastics epidemic.   With 2020 having been set as a benchmark for business’ sustainability programs, many restaurant operations are working hard to achieve their waste-reduction goals. One area that

Water Damage

— By Anthony Vross — Addressing ponding water on a heavily penetrated low slope roof.   There are essentially two ways water leaves a roof: positive drainage or evaporation. When neither can occur quickly enough, the result is ponding water.

Management #Goals

— By TJ Durham — Four keys to successful property management.   Often flying under the radar, a trusted property manager is among the most valuable assets a retail owner can have in its corner. The role goes far deeper

Searching for a Sign

— By Ted Stouch — From service programs to vendor selection, everything you need to know about choosing a national sign service provider.   An integral part of any business owner or facilities manager’s job is looking for a national

Small Steps, Big Impact

— By Erich Lawson — 6 simple ways to reduce food waste in restaurants.   Every year a lot of food is wasted, of which restaurants are major contributors. Recyclable items like cardboard and paper waste find their way to

Safer & Smarter Kitchens

— By Tom Dunn — How active fryer management improves employee safety, reduces costs and increases sustainability.   Restaurants and commercial kitchens are demanding environments. Quick-service operators, fast-casual franchisees, full-service restaurant owners and facility kitchens everywhere often struggle with a

Be the Change

— By Jamie Johnson — Seven energy-saving changes businesses can make to save on energy costs.   Operating a business has various costs, some we have control over and some that we don’t. In my business, I love the costs

Self Importance

— By Jeff Hill — The growth of self-service kiosks presents new challenges for quick-service restaurant facilities teams.   Do you like self-service kiosks, or would you prefer to interact with a human cashier when visiting your favorite quick-service restaurant

Pathogen Problem

— By Robert Kravitz — What if electric hand dryers sometimes do more harm than good?   The men’s room in a Chicago restaurant included a sign many of us have seen before in other restaurants, movie theaters and similar

Winter Is Coming

— By Maia McNair —   Time for a floor care overhaul before winter sets in.   With winter right around the corner, facility managers must have a sound floor care strategy in place to keep surfaces looking their best,

Bacteria is Bad for Business

— By Flavia Da Silva-Benson —   Disrupting facility cleaning traditions.   The public places a great deal of trust in the restaurants and retailers they patronize. They feel safe in the assumption that these facilities maintain clean and hygienic

Building as a Battery

— By Keith Gipson — Using a building’s thermal mass for efficient energy management.   Efficient energy usage has been, and continues to be, one of the hottest topics in the building management industry. Each year, businesses spend tens of

Caught On Tape

— By Del Williams — Taking convenience stores to the next level with IP network surveillance systems.   Convenience stores and mini marts have traditionally installed surveillance cameras to deter crime and encourage safety, but too often these have provided

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