All Systems Go

— By Erin Zaske — Understanding proper stormwater management.   Stormwater compliance is not optional. Many property owners are unaware that stormwater is regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Clean Water Act (CWA), and that

Safe & Sustainable

— By Jay Fiske — Optimizing facilities in the “new normal.”   Facilities managers responsible for dozens of restaurant or retail sites have always needed “multiple pairs of eyes” to ensure every location is operating optimally. Now, the need is

Models of Operation

— By Rashida Salahuddin — Why retailers must navigate muddy waters of ESG requirements.   The need for more corporate responsibility has evolved for today’s corporations and the next generation of business leaders in the form of environmental, social and

Remodel With Modular

— By Rodney Jarboe — How modular trash enclosures keep dumpsters out of sight, but not out of mind.   In the not-so-distant past, almost nobody was paying attention to the design or materials used for dumpster enclosure construction. A

Lone Danger

— By Matt Smitheman — Protecting lone workers in a retail or restaurant setting.   As retailers and restaurants continue to revamp their business models to keep pace with customer expectations, many are increasingly relying on lone workers for opening,

A Lot To Look At

— By Jason Srain — How to use your parking lot to make a great first impression.   According to a Princeton study published by the Association for Psychological Science, first impressions are made within the first 7 seconds of

Cooking Up Value

— By Bruno Hanelt —   Unlocking hidden value and difference-making savings in restaurant (re)construction projects.   Restaurant owners and operators looking to expand to new spaces are facing some structural market headwinds right now that makes completing reconstruction and

Now Is the Time

— By Doug Groves — Is your retail business insured for a cyber attack?   A critical piece of information for retail businesses and franchisees to consider is the exclusion of cyber liability from standard insurance policies. In fact, most

Long Term Strategy

— By Tom Dawson — Tips to extend the life of a roof.   A new roof is a substantial investment that can cost thousands of dollars. With adequate maintenance and attention, a roof’s lifespan can be significantly increased. If

Crash Course

— By Garrett Fishaw — Storefront crashes: the incoming cost you can’t afford.   60 times a day. More than 4,000 injured annually. As many as 500 killed each year. According to the Storefront Safety Council, those are the statistics

Maximizing The Experience

— By Jon Jaggers — Cross-pollinating your retail experience: store-within-a-store, dual brands, and sub-brands.   In today’s retail climate, many customers are looking for experiences beyond the store. These days, more and more brands are partnering with other businesses to

Current Data

— By Ramez Naguib, P.E. — Mitigating COVID-19 spread in restaurants using CFD analysis.   The world is having an unprecedented time due to the pandemic. Currently, more than 93 million people have been infected, and over 2 million people

Catalyst for Transformation

— By John Gajewski, MRICS — Retail strategies for leveraging historic assets to build a competitive edge.   In a highly competitive, complex and dynamically shifting retail market, all eyes are on innovative solutions, and the conditions created by the

Reliable Roof Data

— By Tom Coble — How facility managers can improve the performance of their roofs without increasing spend.   We’re at an exciting time in the national commercial roofing industry (yes, I said “exciting” and “roofing” in the same sentence)

SMB Employers Want to Hire More Workers

— By Chuck Casto —   While the majority of SMB employers want to hire more people, the percentage of small businesses facing labor shortages continues to rise in key industries.   The U.S. Jobs Report was a highlight of

Are You Experienced?

— By Charlie Meyer — How brick-and-mortar retailers can leverage in-store technologies to beat the online competition.   The last 2 years have been absolutely awful for owners of physical stores. Online competition has been around for decades, of course,

Before The Flood

— By Tiffany Largey — 5 steps to prepare your property for a flooding emergency.   Flooding is the most common natural disaster and leading cause of weather-related deaths. It is becoming a larger threat each year with 25-30% of

Be Prepared

— By Bill Flynn — Preparedness is the best protection against workplace violence.   Restaurant and retail workers have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning. Every day these essential workers are exposed to the


— By David Sansenbach — Efficient energy management requires high-quality power, not just high-quality equipment.   For businesses in an industry that operates on tight margins, restaurants have incredibly intensive energy demands that continuously increase costs and challenge the bottom

In Case of Emergency

— By Amanda Anderson — Do you have a team in place to react and respond?   It is nine in the evening and the doors to your business are locked, drawers counted, shelves faced for a successful tomorrow. The

Inflation’s Impact

— By Aliyah Kaye Crawley —   How is inflation affecting the restaurant industry?     Inflation impacts everyday decisions in restaurants: how they price their food, what type of service they provide, which menu items they can afford to

Immersive Entertainment 2.0

— By Chris Roy — The next level of tech experiences for retail and restaurant venues.   Before the pandemic, immersive entertainment was an emerging trend in the retail sector. After a year and a half of reduced experiences, consumers’

Embracing a New Normal

— By Mark Kapczynski — Why we should never go back to a pre-COVID supply chain.   For the past decade, global supply chains have been running a seemingly normal path. However, when COVID hit the U.S. in March 2020,

Sign of the Times

— By David Tracz — Modern restaurant design and its evolution.   If there is one common experience that (most) humans share a love for, it’s probably food — especially when that food is cooked by someone else. Enter: the

Convenience Is Key

— By Garrett Fishaw — 4 ways to improve your curbside pickup and delivery services.   Curbside pickup and food delivery apps have taken the restaurant and grocery industry by storm. No longer do customers have to physically enter retail

Rethinking a Re-Roof

— By Tom Dawson — How to save on roof-related costs during a remodel.   Remodeling a building tends to be costly, but there is a chance businesses can bypass a major — and often assumed — “necessary” cost. The