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When Disaster Strikes: 7 Tips for Business Continuity

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Blog, Info article | Comments Off on When Disaster Strikes: 7 Tips for Business Continuity

When Disaster Strikes: 7 Tips for Business Continuity

Hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires – natural disasters happen, and preparation is the difference between business as usual, or your bottom line taking a big hit. Developing a sound business continuity and disaster recovery plan is vital. Nancy Mann Jackson, writing for Entrepreneur, offers seven steps to help you prepare your business for disasters. Create a list of essentials. What items do you need to keep your business running? Will you be able to get to them? What utilities are vital? This list will help you develop contingencies. Assign...

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Trending: Collocation vs. Telecommuting

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Trending: Collocation vs. Telecommuting

Trending: Collocation vs. Telecommuting

Just when telecommuting is becoming a standard business practice, a number of major corporations are shifting back toward collocation. Collocation seems so last century, with its long commutes and claustrophobic cubicles. So why are the pioneers of telecommuting, including IBM, Yahoo, and Bank of America, reducing or eliminating their telecommuting programs? As reported in All Tech Considered, business analysts point to two compelling reasons behind the collocation movement: the speed of technology, and the wisdom of experience. In the realm...

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Small Business Outsourcing: Take Off Some Hats

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Small Business Outsourcing: Take Off Some Hats

Small Business Outsourcing: Take Off Some Hats

Every small-business CEO wears many hats. Productivity experts will tell you that there’s a price to be paid for multitasking: a 40% drop in productivity and an increase in errors. And that translates into real money. Globally, multitasking costs an estimated $450 billion in reduced productivity every year. Changing the equation means changing the amount of multitasking you do and outsourcing some of those “hats.” Of course there are costs associated with outsourcing too, and they have to be weighed against your lost productivity. Renzo...

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Saving Your Business from a Toxic Management Style

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Saving Your Business from a Toxic Management Style

Saving Your Business from a Toxic Management Style

Rule-oriented, dictatorial, fault-finding, inclined to blow up over small things, won’t let people get on with their jobs – does this describe a boss you know? Micromanagement “can kill motivation, employee creativity and job satisfaction,” reports Yuki Noguchi in NPR’s “All Things Considered.” It’s the number-one reason people leave jobs, and as every business owner knows, high employee turnover is costly. Productivity-killing lack of motivation drives the cost of micromanagement even higher. The best way to counteract the effects of...

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Can Your Office Design Lower Your Health Insurance Costs?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Can Your Office Design Lower Your Health Insurance Costs?

Can Your Office Design Lower Your Health Insurance Costs?

Health insurance is on everybody’s mind, and insurance companies keep telling us that the healthier we are, the less we’ll pay for health insurance. Every employer has an interest in maintaining employees’ health – healthy employees are productive employees – but if your business provides health insurance as an employee benefit, you have a strong direct interest in boosting employee health and lowering your insurance premiums. Office interiors were traditionally laid out with the goal of keeping workers at their desks, with everything close...

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Is RFID Saving Brick-and-Mortar Retail?

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Blog, Industry News | Comments Off on Is RFID Saving Brick-and-Mortar Retail?

Is RFID Saving Brick-and-Mortar Retail?

The RFID retail revolution has been hyped for nearly 20 years, but it never seemed to quite catch hold. And during that time, traditional retailers have suffered mightily, losing ground year after year to online merchandisers. But a new analysis of Macy’s use of RFID yields some hopeful results, both for RFID usage and for the future of brick-and-mortar stores. Inventory management turns out to be the secret to storefront retailers maintaining market share when competing with online sales. Although consumers love the low prices and wide...

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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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