Columbia Sportswear Hails ServiceChannel 'User-Friendly'
Being an industry leader in outdoor apparel and products for more than 70 years takes a certain kind of toughness and passion. As Retail Facilities Manager, Roger Hernandez oversees the maintenance and repairs of Columbia’s retail stores and showrooms, which showcase the brand’s market-leading apparel and accessories. Roger helps Columbia’s store managers maintain the appearance and functionality of their stores by tracking facilities tickets so the managers can focus on sales.
A big part of Columbia’s brand identity is its Pacific Northwest roots. For Roger, in trying to manage locations remotely, it can sometimes become “difficult getting specific information from store managers or vendors.” Roger uses ServiceChannel technology to create reports and gather information to pay bi-monthly vendor invoices. “We also check in on Fixxbook from time to time to make sure that our vendors are compliant.” One of Roger’s biggest challenges is “trying to get all vendors to add good notes so that I don’t have to spend time following up on tickets. Trying to maintain our standards while keeping costs down is also a challenge.”
Being situated far from most stores means that Roger doesn’t have a lot of in-person contact with his vendors. “It’s easiest to communicate through email, although an occasional phone call is always helpful to make sure we’re on the same page. Ideally they provide good notes through ServiceChannel so that we are always up to date on any ticket.” This year, Roger attended the PRSM National Conference for the first time and had the opportunity to meet his vendors face-to-face.
Roger loves the simplicity ServiceChannel offers, offering him and his stores the most user-friendly portal in the retail maintenance world. “The reporting tools are a great way to help evaluate our business at any time.” For training, Roger has store managers watch videos on how to create and track tickets. “This educational avenue is the easiest way for our retail team to learn. It’s a step-by-step tutorial that allows our teams to learn at their own pace. The YouTube videos are the ones we use the most.” Roger knows how important training is. When he first started as Columbia’s Retail Facilities Manager, he registered for a few of the LearningChannel training modules. In fact, Roger likes ServiceChannel so much he recently introduced the platform to a co-worker who will begin supporting stores when he takes time off.
It should come as no surprise that someone who spends his days surrounded by activewear spends most of his free time around outdoors, specifically at his kids sporting events. But it’s not all watching. Roger also gets in on the action; he coaches his daughter’s 16U tournament fastpitch softball team.
Tomasz Piwowarski's College Thesis Turned Into a ServiceChannel Career
Tomasz Piwowarski has one of the more unique stories about how he came to work at ServiceChannel: His college thesis was based on a project he was doing with ServiceChannel while earning his bachelors degree in Computer and Information Science. Tomasz went onto work full-time with ServiceChannel as a web and application developer. Over his 15 years with the company his responsibilities have evolved to include building web and database servers, and configuring and maintaining them for production critical operations. According to Tomasz, “I’ve worked with fellow developers and co-workers to develop processes that allow our staff and clients to manage their data and integrate systems for B2B and E2E operations.”
For a while Tomasz had been a project manager for Client and Contractor Integration, but as ServiceChannel grew, Tomasz moved into being a Database and Data Systems Administrator. Today, Tomasz builds, supervises, maintains, and improves all of ServiceChannel’s database systems. Tomasz says, “They are essentially the beating heart of ServiceChannel, Inc. I make sure clients’ and contractors’ data are readily available, and safely and securely accessible for all our subsystems such as Web, BI reporting, IVR, XML, and eInvoicing.”
Although working with data and databases can be intimidating to some, Tomasz relishes the challenge. “It can be very complex, stressful, and difficult, but extremely rewarding most of the time. If I’m doing my job well, clients and vendors do not notice my databases and me. I like being ‘invisible.’ It means I’m doing something right and providing seamless service to our end users,” says Tomasz.
Tomasz is also “uncle” to “two little rascals: Osito, a dachshund also know as "Death from the Ankles Down," and Louie, a mellow half-Shih Tzu and half-Cairn terrier.” In his free time, the last place Tomasz wants to be is in front of a computer or indoors; instead, he tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors. “I love gardening and have my little backyard full of fresh veggies, herbs, flowers, and shrubs,” notes Tomasz. “I also love hiking in the mountains.” Recently, Tomasz took on a new “addiction”: cyclocross biking, which is a hybrid road, mountain, and gravel bike riding. Tomasz observes, “NYC seems to be a prime example of the terrain. Some of our potholed roads require a nearly full-suspension mountain bike.”
New Languages for ServiceAutomation and Fixxbook
Now you can toggle German, Portuguese, and traditional Chinese on all ServiceAutomation and Fixxbook pages in addition to the many languages we already support.
Email Notifications in Other Languages
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Dashboard Issues Solved with Mobile Work Order App
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LearningChannel is composed of interactive courses led by expert instructors on ServiceChannel products. These courses are perfect for when you need a refresher, when you have a new employee onboarding, or when you want to learn best practices to get the most out of our products. Each course lists the skill level necessary (from Beginner to Advanced) and the target audience, so you can mix and match courses based on your needs.
May 3 - Dashboard 101: How to Use the Service Request Dashboard
May 5 - A Day in the Life of a Facility Manager: WO Creation & Mgmt
May 10 - The Power of Analytics
May 10 - RFPs, Proposals, and QuickView
May 11 - Fixxbook for Contractors: Best Practices in Profile and Account Management
May 12 - Service Automation Reports and QuickView
May 12 - Invoicing and Invoice Reports
May 19 - PMs (Preventive Maintenance) Module: An Overview