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The Shadetree Mechanic and the Automotive Aftermarket

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on The Shadetree Mechanic and the Automotive Aftermarket

The Shadetree Mechanic and the Automotive Aftermarket

“My car is 11 years old. It’s the perfect car for me – right size, right amount of power, right technology. I take good care of it, and it takes good care of me,” says Jeffrey Alan, a southern California resident and owner of a mid-size sport utility vehicle. He’s on-trend: According to an AutoMD study, U.S.-owned vehicles are now an average of 11 years old, an increase in age of 17% over the past ten years. AutoMD also examined Americans’ DIY car maintenance tendencies. Many car owners began doing their own maintenance – oil changes, for...

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All: The Automotive Workbench

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on One Size Doesn’t Fit All: The Automotive Workbench

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: The Automotive Workbench

There’s a contradiction we all live with: We want to be like everyone else, but we also want to be unique. Not too tall, not to short, not too old, not too young. But we also want to have something that makes each of us special. Social scientists found that people judged to be beautiful had almost perfectly symmetrical faces (the “alike” factor), but had a small flaw (the “different” factor). It seems we require a little bit of difference in our lives. And that carries over to the workplace, too. In any job, you’ll find workers who make their...

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How FM Pros Manage The Unexpected

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on How FM Pros Manage The Unexpected

How FM Pros Manage The Unexpected

With employment numbers suddenly projected to increase by double digits in 2018, facilities managers may feel blind-sided when their organization reverses last year’s hiring freeze and begins adding staff. Long-term leases are rarely compatible with unforeseen staffing increases, and FM professionals are faced with fitting this year’s additional personnel into last year’s space plan. Impossible? Not for the FM pros who incorporate flexibility into their space plans. Here’s how they do it: Adaptive furnishings Reconfigurable adaptive...

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Too Many Choices: The Value of Limits

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Too Many Choices: The Value of Limits

Too Many Choices: The Value of Limits

The new year can be a daunting prospect. To many, the notion of unlimited possibilities is paralyzing. It seems the frontal lobe of the human brain, which is responsible for comprehending time and space, simply can’t come to grips with the idea of infinity. That’s why limits and boundaries are so necessary to human societies. It’s also why the wide-open prospect of the coming new year can be intimidating. Goal-setting and planning establish guidelines which reduce your infinite choices to something much more human-scale. With that...

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Doing More With Less: The Healthcare FM Challenge

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Doing More With Less: The Healthcare FM Challenge

Doing More With Less: The Healthcare FM Challenge

Reduced Medicare reimbursements combined with an aging population moving into Medicare is a recipe for red ink on hospital balance sheets. As hospitals look for ways to cut costs without cutting services, facilities managers find themselves on the front line of the cost-efficiencies battle. MedPac.gov reports that currently 10,000 people per day become eligible for Medicare. Despite the size of the Medicare market, the constantly shifting regulations make it a difficult environment for healthcare providers. Each time regulations are...

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It’s That Time of Year – Tax Deduction Time

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on It’s That Time of Year – Tax Deduction Time

It’s That Time of Year – Tax Deduction Time

The 2017 tax bill is making headlines this week, with a number of proposed changes for businesses and individuals alike. One thing that hasn’t changed: the Section 179 deduction for business equipment and software purchased and put into service by December 31st. The Sec. 179 deduction tops out at $510,000 for 2017. It’s a number that is mere pocket change for the largest U.S. corporations, but for small to medium-size organizations, spending half-million dollars or more on equipment is a significant expenditure, and being able to deduct most...

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Five Reasons to Relocate (and One to Stay Put)

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Blog, Info article | Comments Off on Five Reasons to Relocate (and One to Stay Put)

Five Reasons to Relocate (and One to Stay Put)

If your organization is bursting at the seams, you’ve got a high-class problem: You’re successful! And your success is pushing you to look at relocating to a new space. This is an exciting time; searching for a space that will support your burgeoning business takes you out of the everyday and puts you in a whole new world of possibilities. While it’s undeniably disruptive, relocation, like other types of change, is a great opportunity to examine your business practices, assess your progress, and plan for future growth. Australian design...

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What Would You Do?

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on What Would You Do?

What Would You Do?

In addition to asking big ethical questions, the popular television show “What Would You Do?” prompts viewers to use their imaginations. Imaginative thinking is a habit that all successful business leaders foster, and it leads to breakthroughs and solutions that yield a multitude of benefits, from increased sales to lower costs and improved productivity. “What would you do?” is a question facilities managers and business owners might ask themselves when thinking about space utilization. What would you do with the extra floor space gained by...

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The New Warehouse Under the Sea

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on The New Warehouse Under the Sea

The New Warehouse Under the Sea

Sixty years ago, people scoffed at the notion that a computer-controlled device would pick orders from warehouse racks, or retrieve and replace stored files. It was expensive; it was impractical; it required advanced training. In short, it was not business as usual. Yet today, AS/RS is recognized as a key productivity component for wholesalers, retailers, libraries, museums – any organization that needs to use storage space and employee time with maximum efficiency. With that historical perspective in mind, it’s not so easy dismiss the...

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The Sustainable Workplace: Five Tips to Go Green

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on The Sustainable Workplace: Five Tips to Go Green

The Sustainable Workplace: Five Tips to Go Green

Sustainability isn’t really a new idea. The first Earth Day was in 1970, and people have been discussing the benefits of sustainability ever since. Talking about going green is easy, but moving your workplace in that direction can be a challenge. Even when you’ve made a commitment to achieving a level of sustainability, the path to your goal may not be plain. Here are a few tips to help you create a green roadmap for your workplace. Analyze – Some buyers (government agencies, for example) have certain sustainability requirements for their...

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