L&J Plumbing and Heating's Commitment to Service Since 1950

by Juliette Dickens  Feb 16, 2017

L&J Plumbing and Heating has been family-owned and -operated since the 1950s. A lot has transpired over the decades, but what has not changed is the company’s commitment to service. Its roster of brand name retail and restaurant clients across Long Island and the five boroughs of New York City is a testament to L&J’s ability to consistently deliver on its promise. Kenneth Garraffa, owner of L&J, looks back over the company's history and says with pride, “Success for us is our longevity with the same customers, their trust in our company, and our long-term employee base.”

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ServiceChannel Strengthens Executive Team with Two C-Suite Appointments

Press Releases

by ServiceChannel News  Feb 14, 2017

Company Names Hugues Meyrath as Chief Product Officer and Kristin Hambelton as Chief Marketing Officer

NEW YORK – Feb. 13, 2017 – ServiceChannel, the leading SaaS service automation platform for facilities managers and contractors, today announced that it has bolstered its executive leadership team with the appointments of Hugues Meyrath as Chief Product Officer and Kristin Hambelton as Chief Marketing Officer. Both executives are reporting into CEO, Tom Buiocchi.

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What Facilities Managers Need to Know: Contractor Reliance and Risk

by David Markowitz  Feb 08, 2017

This is the next in a series of posts highlighting the 13 trends, technologies and best practices essential for facilities managers, from the ebook What You Need to Know to Succeed in Facilities Management in 2020.

Typically, facilities managers are responsible for a specified number of locations, often static in count or certainly with plenty of advanced knowledge of any change.  Geographies are also pretty much stable as well.  FMs usually have a proven set of contractors or vendors, often established through multi-year relationships across their regions for their known, existing locations.

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Bloomin' Brands Isn't Just Blooming, It's Booming with the Help of ServiceChannel - NewsChannel, February

Customers, NewsChannel, cmms software, facilities management system, work order management system

by ServiceChannel  Feb 02, 2017

Customer Spotlight

Bloomin' Brands Isn't Just Blooming, It's Booming.

Over 30 years, the Tampa-headquartered company has grown to become one of the world's largest casual dining companies with approximately 100,000 team members and close to 1,500 restaurants throughout 48 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and 22 countries. Bloomin’ Brands started out with Outback Steakhouse and has expanded to include Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.  As Director of Facilities, Jon Ahrendt is responsible for repair and maintenance, reactive capex , and energy use.

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Tavistock Restaurant Collection Increases Operational Transparency and Consistency with ServiceChannel

Press Releases

by ServiceChannel News  Feb 01, 2017

Service Automation Improves Visibility and Efficiency across Nationwide Operations of 17 Upscale Brands

NEW YORK, Feb 1, 2017– ServiceChannel, the leading SaaS service automation platform for facilities managers and contractors, today announced that Tavistock Restaurant Collection became the newest restaurant portfolio to select ServiceChannel for more visibility and transparency of its facilities management operations such as spending, budgeting, vendor performance and automated invoice processing.

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Uber-like Software Is Transforming the Facilities Management Industry [Podcast]

Facilities Management, podcast, facilities management system

by Juliette Dickens  Jan 26, 2017

How is Uber-like software impacting the facilities management sector?  By bringing the latest technology to the inefficient facilities manager - commercial contractor relationship in similar ways that new apps are bridging the gap between those needing rides and those offering rides.

In a recent interview on the The CEO Show podcast, ServiceChannel’s CEO and facilities industry leader Tom Buiocchi discussed how he sees this new paradigm changing the facilities management industry and the business world in general over the next few years, and how facilities managers and others leaders from retail to restaurants can transform their own businesses.

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Facilities Management Professionals Kick Off 2017

Customers, Facilities Management, Events

by Juliette Dickens  Jan 26, 2017

After the new year is always a good time to get smarter and lay the groundwork for a more productive year.  In response to our clients’ requests, we offer an ongoing series of events that highlight how facilities managers and others can keep on top of the latest FM technology advances and, most importantly, how they can apply them to their own environments.

Our clients have found these sessions highly productive opportunities to learn new ways to achieve higher levels of efficiency, visibility and compliance across their organizations.

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Five Most Popular Facilities Management Posts

Facilities Management

by David Markowitz  Jan 23, 2017

As 2017 begins with lots of changes in store for everyone (facilities and otherwise!), we wanted to take a look back and see what was of most interest to our readership last year.  With a cross-section of thousands of facilities management professionals reading this blog weekly, across various industries and geographies, seeing our most popular posts gives some insight as to what are the topics of most interest.

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ServiceChannel Helps Wolverine Worldwide Empower Its Stores with Transparent and Efficient Facilities Management

Press Releases

by ServiceChannel News  Jan 18, 2017

Footwear Industry Leader Modernizes FM Operations and Overhauls Vendor Network across Multiple Brands

NEW YORK – January 18, 2016 – ServiceChannel, the leading SaaS service automation platform for facilities managers and contractors, today announced that Rockford, MI-based Wolverine Worldwide has deployed its facilities management software to better manage its repair and maintenance requirements across 300 stores comprised of some of the most familiar brands in footwear including Sperry Top-Sider, Merrell, Hush Puppies, Sebago, Saucony, Stride Rite, and Wolverine Boots.

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UK's Largest Book Retailer Improves Transparency and Reduces Costs with ServiceChannel - NewsChannel, January

Customers, NewsChannel, cmms software, facilities management system, work order management system

by ServiceChannel  Jan 16, 2017

Waterstones evaluated five different platforms before choosing ServiceChannel’s Service Automation solution because of its superior analytics and reporting that would help the FM team generate better insights into its operations. These insights were essential in helping the Waterstones team take the reins back of its FM program.

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2017’s Crystal Ball for Facilities Management

Facilities Management, IoT

by David Markowitz  Jan 11, 2017

Most folks agree that 2016 was quite a year.  What does 2017 have in store?  And diving into our little neck of the woods, what will impact the facilities management sector and how will it change?

To get some insight, we’ve put together a collection of predictions from a number of the ServiceChannel team.  While we can’t guarantee 100% accuracy (or we’d likely be doing something different!), these come from our deep FM experience and continual engagement with over 400 customers across various functions, industries and in all aspects of the facilities and maintenance sectors.

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Bringing IoT, Standardized Data and Other Technologies to Facilities Management [Podcast]

Facilities Management, Technology, data, IoT

by Juliette Dickens  Jan 09, 2017

In a recent interview on the Kayrell Connections Podcast, ServiceChannel’s CEO & FM industry-leader Tom Buiocchi discussed building a culture of collaboration in the facilities management community so that organizations are better equipped to understand and implement innovative workplace solutions.

Tom explained the ServiceChannel vision for the future of facilities management and some practical ways that we will see the both existing technologies and emerging ones like the Internet of Things impacting the workplace.

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Building an A+ Rating into Every Avery Asphalt, Inc. Job

Contractor Compliance, Contractor, contractor management software

by Juliette Dickens  Jan 05, 2017

Avery Asphalt, Inc., is proud of its A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. The rating appears front and center on the Avery Asphalt website, but more important, it’s built into every job this Colorado-based company handles. Andy Avery is vice president of finance. You would think he'd measure success in dollars and cents. But that’s not Avery. His measurement of success: providing excellent service every day to every customer.

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European Facilities Management Ends Year With a Bang!

Facilities Management, Luxury Retail, europe

by Juliette Dickens  Jan 04, 2017

In 2016, ServiceChannel participated in multiple events taking place in the facilities maintenance sector across Europe. The year wrapped up in the UK and Italy, where the ServiceChannel team met with FM professionals as well as shared the latest in modern FM technology.

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Bringing Business Intelligence to the Facilities Community

Product, data, Membership, IoT

by Juliette Dickens  Dec 27, 2016

The ISM 7-Counties Chapter hosted ServiceChannel’s Sid Shetty, VP, Marketplace Strategy & Experience, for a presentation on Leveraging Business Intelligence: How Empowering Business Users Creates a Competitive Edge.

Traditionally, facilities managers in the retail space have relied purely on experience and subject matter expertise to make decisions. In today’s competitive environment, it has become increasingly important to use business intelligence (BI) to gain a competitive advantage through data-driven decision making. To truly benefit from BI, enterprises must leverage all data through advanced analytics in a way that hides the complexity and empowers the business user.

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What Facilities Managers Need to Know: Big Data Keeps Getting Bigger

Business Intelligence, Analytics

by David Markowitz  Dec 14, 2016

This is the next in a series of posts highlighting the 13 trends, technologies and best practices essential for facilities managers, from the ebook What You Need to Know to Succeed in Facilities Management in 2020.

There’s not any facilities manager that’s not become more data-oriented over the last several years.  As the rest of your organization is likely becoming more quantitatively focused and there are more FM tools to support your own function, expertise with metrics and measurement has become a required practice.

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What Every Facilities Manager Should Do Now!

Facilities Management

by David Markowitz  Dec 08, 2016

If you’re responsible for maintaining stores, restaurants, clinics, centers, buildings or any type of facilities, different times of year bring different challenges.  Every season brings its own unique set of conditions that can dramatically impact your facilities management program.

Towards the end of the year, facilities managers need to ensure all locations are prepared for the holiday season and be smart about year-end budgeting and planning. While facilities managers are always ‘on,’ the last months of the year are the start of a particularly important time period.

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Weather Obstacles Don't Slow Weston Lawn Service and Snow Removal Down

Contractor, cmms software, contractor management software

by Juliette Dickens  Dec 01, 2016

When you name the company after yourself, and that name is on trucks all over the area, you better make sure that quality and service are at its best. Tony Weston doesn’t just own Weston Lawn Service and Snow Removal, he’s also the lead coordinator—making sure that the right people are hired, bills are paid, and customers happy. Tony’s recipe for success starts with trust. He says, “It’s about being honest with your customers, and then, of course, following through with quality, hard, efficient work.”

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Curo Financial Technologies Uses ServiceChannel as Their Secret Weapon - NewsChannel, December

Customers, NewsChannel, cmms software, facilities management system, work order management system

by ServiceChannel  Dec 01, 2016


Customer Spotlight

Curo Financial Technologies Uses ServiceChannel as Their Secret Weapon

Joel Elsea, Director of Facilities at Curo Financial Technologies, possesses keen management sensibilities, has an entrepreneurial streak, and is a “40 Under 40 Award” recipient. Among Joel’s many responsibilities at Curo Financial Technologies, he is in charge of all facilities department personnel, as well as the budgeting, planning, and scheduling of all facilities maintenance. Curo Financial Technologies is the top short-term consumer lending company in the United States and Canada and operates under a number of brands, including Speedy Cash, Rapid Cash, Cash Money, LendDirect, Opt+, and WageDayAdvance. Company store standards are set high at Curo: “to offer financial and loan services in a safe, clean, and professional environment.”

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How A Store’s Environment Drives “The Seamless Luxury Experience”

Facilities Management, Luxury Retail, omnichannel, Brand Management

by Juliette Dickens  Nov 15, 2016

The French-American Chamber of Commerce - New York hosted a panel discussion on "The Seamless Luxury Experience: Harmonizing Events, Retail and Digital Strategies” with Robbin Mitchell, Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group, moderating the panel.

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