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Do Startups Really Need Office Space?

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Do Startups Really Need Office Space?

Do Startups Really Need Office Space?

When you’re launching a startup, there are hundreds of ways to spend each dollar. Prioritizing your spending is vital to your success, and office space may seem like an expensive luxury, given the other infrastructure and inventory costs that demand your attention and your funds. And with the popularity of distributed teams, an office can seem quite non-essential. High-speed internet service is available nearly everywhere in the world. You can hire top talent and collaborate with them regardless of where they live. You avoid relocation costs,...

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Gambling on Just-In-Time? Retailers Can Hedge Their Bets

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Gambling on Just-In-Time? Retailers Can Hedge Their Bets

Gambling on Just-In-Time? Retailers Can Hedge Their Bets

There are lots of reasons for retailers to love just-in-time (JIT) inventory management. Reduced investment in inventory, reduced inventory obsolescence, and reduced warehouse needs all help to keep costs down – a big benefit for retail margins that are under constant assault. But there’s a dark side to JIT, and it can bring a business to its knees. The keys to successful JIT inventory management are communication and speed. The JIT cycle is initiated by a “pull” event which triggers a message to create more products. The pull can be...

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Public Safety Storage Under The Gun

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Public Safety Storage Under The Gun

Public Safety Storage Under The Gun

As an industry, public safety is projected to grow at a rate of 5.7% annually for the next 3-5 years. Concurrently, law enforcement is feeling downward pressure from lawmakers and regulators to store more, with greater safety, for longer time periods, and with better tracking and security. For example: When an arrest is made in a case of domestic violence, all guns in the household must now be confiscated and stored in a police facility. DNA must now be retained for longer periods, with an unassailable chain of evidence. Handguns must now be...

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Manage Change (So It Doesn’t Manage You)

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Manage Change (So It Doesn’t Manage You)

Manage Change (So It Doesn’t Manage You)

When you manage a facility, you know that change is inevitable. You also know it can be expensive, risky, and highly stressful. None of us has a crystal ball, but there is a way to prepare for future changes and reduce the costs, risks and stress. The key is proactive planning, whether you’re managing a university’s seasonal fluctuations, a government agency’s shifting administration, or the economic ebbs and flows of the private sector. Proactive planning means looking for ways to incorporate flexibility and new technology into today’s...

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The Remarkable Case of the Purloined Painting

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on The Remarkable Case of the Purloined Painting

The Remarkable Case of the Purloined Painting

Proper inventory and storage of invaluable art works is a hot topic among gallery and museum curators. “I have walked through warehouses” looking for misplaced paintings on behalf of clients, says lawyer Susan Duke Biederman in an Observer.com interview. Given what lawyers charge, that’s an expensive way to track inventory. Artists generate a lot of art. Andy Warhol created an estimated 10,000 art works; Picasso produced over 50,000. When an artist produces a number of works that look very much alike, or makes dozens of prints from the same...

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The Productivity Payoff of the Sustainable Workplace

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on The Productivity Payoff of the Sustainable Workplace

The Productivity Payoff of the Sustainable Workplace

Healthcare is on everyone’s mind. Regardless of whether employers or employees pay for healthcare, there’s no question that healthy employees are more productive than unhealthy ones. Wellness programs and fitness incentives are popular HR approaches to enhancing employee health. But there’s another way to boost your team’s health, and it’s a win for everyone: It’s the sustainable workplace. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and SUNY Upstate Medical studied the occupants of ten green-certified buildings across the U.S.,...

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How Journalism’s Questions Will Organize Your Office

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on How Journalism’s Questions Will Organize Your Office

How Journalism’s Questions Will Organize Your Office

If you’ve ever spent an hour hunting for a particular file or product sample or spare part, you know the frustration of disorganization. Disorganization disrupts productivity, and it’s a business killer. To organize (or re-organize), think like a journalist. Ask yourself the famous journalism questions: What, Where, When, Who, How, and Why.   WHAT – Label It Everything has a name, but it has to be visible before it’s useful. An unlabeled file folder slows your productivity every time you have to open it to see what’s inside. An unlabeled...

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How to Know if Telecommuting Works for Your Business

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Know if Telecommuting Works for Your Business

How to Know if Telecommuting Works for Your Business

Maybe telecommuting was instituted in your business years ago; maybe you’re just beginning to consider it as an alternative to everyone being at their desks by 9 a.m. (or earlier). If you’re thinking about establishing a telecommuting policy, you have a lot of factors to consider during your ever-longer commute. A successful telecommuting policy starts with a thorough assessment of your corporate culture, your industry type, your operating budget, and your employees’ needs. Here’s a list of considerations to help assess whether your business...

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Moving Your Medical Practice: A How-To Guide

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Moving Your Medical Practice: A How-To Guide

Moving Your Medical Practice: A How-To Guide

Medical practice managers often find themselves bogged down in supervising day-to-day operational details. It’s not easy to carve out time to analyze your practice’s big-picture functionality, but when you do, it’s an opportunity to think about how to build flexibility and cost savings into your space plan, now and down the road. And a really good time to plan for flexible space usage is when you’re planning to move to new medical offices. You have wide-ranging space uses – from diagnostic equipment and labs, to patient files and...

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3 Little Questions for Business Decision-makers

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on 3 Little Questions for Business Decision-makers

3 Little Questions for Business Decision-makers

A wise philosopher recommended asking yourself three questions before speaking: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? These questions can be applied equally well to business decisions. From small to large decisions, the answers can keep your business on track. We’re in the business of storage solutions, so we’ll explain it in terms of making a decision regarding your company’s storage. IS IT TRUE? We’re all pretty confident we know the truth about our business operations. Using our example of business storage, you believe you have plenty...

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