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Facilities Management Best Practices

May 8, 2024

From ensuring safety to meeting the latest energy legislation — all while ensuring smooth operations and minimizing costs — retail facilities managers in the food retail space have a great deal of responsibility on their shoulders. But thanks to recent innovations in technology, FM leaders now have a wealth of tools and strategies at their disposal to ensure effectiveness. In this…

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5 Key Facilities Management Goals and Objectives for Retailers

April 9, 2024

There’s no question that facilities management leaders have a lot on their plates these days. In addition to taking care of reactive maintenance to ensure maximum uptime, climate legislation is ramping up and the customer experience has never been more critical. While accomplishing all the goals associated with facilities management can seem overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. We spoke…

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Convenience Store Equipment: A Guide for Facilities Managers

March 28, 2024

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, convenience stores have stepped up to meet the evolving needs of consumers — in this case, by filling the gap left by fast food establishments transitioning to more “fast casual” restaurants. Now c-stores are finding themselves in a unique position as go-to destinations for quick and convenient meals and even designer coffee options — venturing well beyond…

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Retail Store Design Best Practices for Energy Efficiency

March 6, 2024

In the retail industry, where every aspect of store design is meticulously crafted to drive sales and enhance the customer experience, energy efficiency can often take a back seat. But in the current landscape of rising energy costs, stricter regulations, and more eco-conscious consumers, an increasing number of retailers are recognizing the importance of sustainability for new stores and remodels….

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Guide to Preventive Maintenance Checklists

February 6, 2024

Implementing a preventive maintenance model is one of the most effective ways to save on maintenance costs, extend the life of equipment, and boost employee satisfaction and retention — making it critical for any facilities management initiative. As preventive maintenance checklists are at the center of any successful planned preventive maintenance (PPM) program, learning how to strategically create and utilize them…

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Facilities Management Training Tips

January 10, 2024

From maintaining buildings and assets to ensuring a safe and efficient workplace, facilities management teams play a vital role in the food retail space. To excel in this rapidly evolving field, continuous training is essential at all levels. At the same time, FM leaders are up against not only an unprecedented labor shortage as younger generations shy away from the…

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Grocery Store Safety Checklist: Tips for Facilities Leaders

December 12, 2023

Ensuring the safety and well-being of both employees and customers is paramount to retail facilities managers. This makes implementation of a grocery store safety checklist, retail store safety checklist, and other safety checklists a vital FM function. But the safety checklist, as central as it is, is just the start of an effective safety program. We spoke with James Halaszynski,…

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Managing a Building Envelope: A Guide for Retail Facilities

November 15, 2023

The building envelope, often referred to as a structure’s “skin,” is one of the most critical aspects of any building. It acts as a barrier, protecting the interior environment from external elements, and plays a major role in energy efficiency and overall comfort. In the case of a grocery store facility, the building envelope is especially vital due to the…

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Decarbonizing Space Heating with Refrigeration Heat Reclaim

October 30, 2023

In our recent article, Decarbonization 101: Key Decarbonization Strategies for Retailers, we covered several decarbonization strategies that can be implemented by facilities leaders as part of their journey toward achieving net zero emissions. Now, we’re taking this opportunity to deep dive into one particular decarbonization strategy for food retail and other businesses that use refrigeration equipment — refrigeration heat reclaim….

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SBTi Net Zero Standard: What Retailers Should Know

October 16, 2023

The sustainability goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, endorsed by the United States Climate Pledge, are exerting unprecedented pressure on businesses to develop comprehensive policies and strategies that promote sustainability. In the food retail industry, the Science-Based Targets initiative for Net Zero Standard — also known as SBTi Net Zero — offers a roadmap for businesses seeking to align their strategies…

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Decarbonization 101: Key Decarbonization Strategies for Retailers

September 21, 2023

In the global effort to mitigate climate change and lower carbon emissions, the spotlight is now firmly on industries that have a significant environmental footprint. The food retail industry in particular — especially with consumers increasingly demanding eco-conscious products and practices — is well-poised to undergo a transformative shift toward sustainability in the coming years. A greener future starts with…

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The Ultimate Guide to Building Commissioning and Recommissioning for Commercial Facilities

September 14, 2023

If you’re looking to save on energy costs, extend the life of building MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing which includes HVAC, refrigeration, and control system) assets, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, commissioning and its sibling, recommissioning, are two of the lowest-hanging fruits available to facilities management teams. Below we cover some key things you need to know about performing MEP…

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Sustainable Grocery Store Design: 4 Common Mistakes

August 28, 2023

With the global pandemic largely behind us, grocers are now faced with a new challenge — the acceleration of sustainability initiatives fueled by new international agreements and state and national laws regulating greenhouse gas emissions. “…[Sustainability] is increasingly a strategic differentiating factor for retailers and a source of value and growth in often challenging, stagnating market environments,” McKinsey notes in a…

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Commercial Food Equipment Pre-Holiday Season Checklist for Facilities Managers

August 21, 2023

Facilities management checklists are commonly employed as a vital preventive measure prior to kicking off the summer and winter seasons. But in the food retail industry, there’s another critical season that requires the attention of FM teams in advance — the holidays. Kicking off with Labor Day in early September and extending through New Year’s Day, the holiday season requires a…

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Food Retail Energy Efficiency Best Practices for 2024

July 21, 2023

(Updated January 29, 2024) With energy prices growing steadily and stricter sustainability standards being rolled out state after state in the U.S., grocery retailers are feeling more pressure than ever to cut back on energy consumption to both manage energy expenses and reduce greenhouse gas (“carbon”) emissions. Fortunately, money and effort invested in food retail store energy efficiency can have…

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6 Practices for Sustainable Facilities Management

July 18, 2023

As the world becomes increasingly focused on sustainability, grocery stores, convenience stores, and other food retailers are playing a significant role in helping their communities get on the path to net zero. And the success of their sustainability efforts rest in large part on the shoulders of already very busy facilities managers. With the right sustainable facilities management strategy in…

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Summer Facilities Management Checklist

June 14, 2023

Summer can be one of the busiest times for facilities management teams, especially for grocery stores and other retailers. Between emergency A/C repairs and managing severe weather threats, it can be hard enough to keep up with reactive calls let alone planned preventive maintenance (PM) programs. This makes spring a valuable time for FM leaders to get a leg up…

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2024 Facilities Management Trends

May 2, 2023

(Updated January 2, 2024) As we step into 2024, grocery store retailers have their work cut out for them as the industry continues to grapple with the aftermath of the pandemic — including evolving consumer shopping habits, labor shortages, and supply chain issues — in the midst of stricter net-zero legislation and escalating consumer demand for eco-friendly practices. To prepare for…

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Low GWP Refrigerants: What Supermarkets Should Know

April 10, 2023

Those who can remember when depletion of the ozone layer by CFC refrigerants forced the US food retailing and other industries that require refrigeration to phase them out in the 1990s are likely experiencing déjà vu as food retailing and other industries make yet another transition to a whole new generation of refrigerants that are kinder to the environment. In…

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Smart Building Technologies for Grocery Stores: What Facilities Managers Should Know

March 13, 2023

Perhaps the hottest trend in facilities management, “smart” building technologies aren’t just on the rise — with the number of smart buildings expected to increase from 45 to 115 million over the course of 2022 to 2026, it’s clear smart building technology is being adopted at an accelerating rate. But where does the grocery industry stand in all of this?…

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Reactive Maintenance vs. Preventive Maintenance vs. Predictive Maintenance

January 18, 2023

In facilities management, maintenance can be said to fall into four main categories. While all of them have their place in an FM strategy, failure to maintain a proper balance by leaning too hard on reactive maintenance can be detrimental to a retail business. In addition to reducing operational capacity, it can result in higher maintenance costs, lower employee retention,…

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6 Elements of a Successful Preventive Maintenance Program

January 12, 2023

One of the biggest opportunities in the facilities management field today is without a doubt making the shift to a preventive maintenance model. Not only does an effective planned preventive maintenance program (or PM program, for short) result in significant savings in emergency maintenance repairs, but it also extends the life of equipment and boosts employee retention. As the Director…

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How to Manage a Convenience Store

January 10, 2023

While things are looking up for the convenience store industry now that we’re on the other side of the pandemic, there are still a number of challenges facing convenience store operators in 2023 and beyond — from high gas prices and unprecedented inflation to the rapidly evolving expectations of consumers and increasing competition as other business sectors try to meet…

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Outsourcing Facilities Management Pros & Cons

January 5, 2023

In a recent report, McKinsey revealed that outsourced facilities management services now make up more than half of the total FM market in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. The researchers list several market trends that have made outsourcing a more viable option for facilities management. These include: Slowing economic growth in several large countries Global trade conflicts that…

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Winter Storm Preparation for Facilities Managers

December 22, 2022

Facilities leaders, get ready. Winter has barely started, and already it looks like it will live up to predictions for an eventful season with lots of snow, record-breaking cold temperatures, a few “significant weather disturbances” across the country, and an active storm pattern throughout the eastern half of the country. While retail facilities managers are certainly capable of a lot,…

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What Is Integrated Facilities Management?

December 20, 2022

According to McKinsey, outsourcing services now make up more than half of the total facilities management market in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Various models exist within the market, and not all facilities management solutions are created equal. The report goes on to say, “Companies that track emerging trends and invest in the right organizational capabilities will be…

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Winter Checklist for Facilities Managers

December 13, 2022

Just as with anything in facilities management, when it comes to mitigating the impact of the winter season, taking a preventative approach is always the best — allowing facilities managers to avoid issues before they lead to costly repairs, customer issues, lost product, and threats to personal safety. We spoke with Brendan McGael, Snow Manager for City US and seasoned…

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4 Grocery Trends Facilities Management Leaders Should Know for 2024

December 8, 2022

(Updated January 25, 2024) With COVID-19’s lasting impact on consumer habits and expectations, grocery retailers have had to make significant changes over the past several years, forcing facilities management leaders to adapt and innovate as needed. It turns out this was valuable experience — as we emerge into the post-pandemic era, it’s clear there are only more changes on the…

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4 Grocery Shrink Reduction Strategies

December 6, 2022

From keeping up with the latest consumer expectations to managing net zero legislation standards, grocery retailers have enough challenges as it is threatening their profitability to let grocery shrink cut significantly into their bottom line. This makes shrink reduction increasingly critical for facilities managers in the grocery space. Keep reading to learn some of the most cutting-edge shrink reduction strategies…

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Must-Have Facility Management Software Tools

December 1, 2022

With technology evolving at a rapid pace, facilities management is quickly transforming into a less labor-intensive and more efficient industry. But with so much change and a confusing market for solutions, how do you know which facility management software is the right fit for your company’s needs? Keep reading for some insights into this hot topic. FM Software: The Challenges…

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Guide to Hiring a Facilities Management Company: 10 Things to Know

November 29, 2022

As a facilities leader, you understand better than anyone that choosing the right facilities provider or facilities management company for your organization is a high-stakes proposition. While budget pressures will push cost reduction high on your list of requirements, you know you don’t want lower pricing to come at the expense of quality, reliability, and staying competitive. You’re also aware…

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4 Convenience Store Trends to Grow Your Business in 2024

November 24, 2022

(Updated January 18, 2024) Stepping into 2024 against the lingering impact of the pandemic, convenience store operators are displaying a resilience and commitment to innovation and adaptability. After all, with rapidly evolving consumer expectations, the rise of EVs and other sustainability initiatives, and continued inflation — which rose by 0.3% in December 2023, making it 3.4% higher than the previous year…

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5 Retail Construction Trends for 2024

November 22, 2022

(Updated January 19, 2024) Strategies that help brands adapt to rapidly changing customer behaviors and sustainability-driven market forces are at the forefront of the latest retail construction trends. While COVID-19 is officially behind us, its impact on the retail industry lingers. “Retailers saw an acceleration of existing trends due to the pandemic and I think we’ll continue to see rapid…

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IoT Solutions for Retail: What Facilities Leaders Should Know

November 17, 2022

The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, is a hot topic in the retail industry — and for good reason. By connecting devices and machines to the internet, IoT solutions for retailers can collect vast amounts of data that can be used to improve efficiency and make better decisions about everything from predictive equipment maintenance to customer experience.  How…

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3 Steps to Sustainable Refrigeration Management for Grocery Retailers

November 15, 2022

When it comes to sustainable refrigeration, natural refrigerants are attracting most of the attention. But while grocery and superstore retailers must work toward transitioning to natural refrigerants to meet stricter federal and state regulations, it’s an expensive and complex proposition that requires a long-term strategy.   Fortunately, there are additional actions grocers can take right now to make refrigeration more sustainable,…

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How to Create an Energy Management Plan in 7 Steps

November 1, 2022

As energy prices rise, business and facilities management leaders need an effective energy management plan to help minimize the impact on profitability. Depending on your industry and location, energy costs can take a significant chunk out of your bottom line. Moreover, businesses face increasing pressures from consumers and governments to reduce their impact on climate change by lowering their greenhouse…

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Sustainability in Retail: 4 Trends to Jump On in 2023

October 25, 2022

It seems like only yesterday that American retailers were forced to make significant changes to the way they do business thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, they’re about to see the retail landscape altered forever again: In light of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which offers (along with other historic legislation) uncapped tax credits for clean energy reform and has…

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3 Cost-Saving Benefits of Predictive Maintenance Technology

October 20, 2022

Can ultrasound technology, a type of predictive maintenance technology, really detect equipment failures before they happen? That’s the question City US facilities management leaders set out to answer recently when they conducted a series of grocery store pilots to test SOUNDTech+ ultrasound technology, the City branded predictive maintenance tool powered by DST. Based on the results of the 10-month pilot,…

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Retail Store Storm Recovery Best Practices

October 17, 2022

Massive power outages. Catastrophic flooding. Extreme heat and cold. U.S. homes and businesses suffered an estimated $169 billion in economic losses from both named and unnamed storms in 2021, according to the AON Weather, Climate and Catastrophe Report. The most recent five years (2017–2021) averaged nearly 18 weather disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion — compared to about 8…

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5 Ways to Boost Equipment Uptime and Protect Assets

October 13, 2022

Maintenance may not be sexy, but facilities management leaders know it’s the key to increasing uptime for critical assets and equipment — delivering savings straight to your company’s bottom line. To cut repair costs and avoid losing revenue when essential equipment goes down, savvy facilities managers can focus on these five steps below to maximize equipment uptime. What is equipment…

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Energy Case Study: Delivering Sustainable Energy Solutions

September 13, 2022

With 633 stores, fuel stations, offices and distribution centers, this supermarket retailer accounts for 0.3% of the UK’s total electricity consumption. Our collaborative approach to the design and delivery of sustainable facilities management actively supports their financial and sustainability goals. Together, we are reducing their costs, emissions and energy consumption. City have worked in partnership with the retailer for over…

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The Easiest Way for Grocers to Reduce Shrinkage

September 12, 2022

These days, grocery store owners are facing a slew of emerging challenges — like inflation, rising food prices, changing customer preferences, cyberthreats, new omnichannel competitors, and more. With so many factors impacting the bottom line, reducing product loss — also known as shrinkage — is increasingly important for grocers.  Read on to learn why inventory shrink harms grocery stores and…

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Hurricane Preparedness Checklist for Facilities Managers

July 19, 2022

(Updated June 2023) Flooding, structural damage, and fallen power lines are only a few of the potential risks retail stores can face in the event of a hurricane, leading not only to product and revenue losses but also the inability to provide essential items to the communities they serve. Even a small tropical storm can have devastating effects. However, by…

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Looking Ahead After the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 12, 2022

As the world passes the second anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown, businesses are optimistic as they are starting to recover from the pandemic. While most regions have largely adjusted to living with, and now moving past, the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, disruptions continue to impact people and businesses in more ways than one. Like the majority of businesses, City…

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How City Tackles Your Snow Problem: The 2021-2022 Snow Season

March 29, 2022

Snowstorms can cause significant issues for stores, from widespread power outages to blocking entrances and exits to sheets of ice covering the parking lots. When sudden weather hits and stores are shut down behind inches of snow, it is up to the store’s maintenance team or vendor to help keep stores and their technology up and running. On average, the…

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Finding Short – And Long – Term Solutions for Managing Energy Costs

January 2, 2022

Even successful supermarkets, with a steady stream of customers every day and a reliable source of cash flow, have to work hard to make ends meet financially. The market is competitive, and costs are always high, so it can be extraordinarily difficult to consistently make a profit. A typical 40,000-square foot grocery store in the United States can spend over…

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3 Steps For Developing An Improved Energy Efficiency Strategy

December 27, 2021

For just about any organization, energy efficiency should be a key goal. The beauty of focusing on more efficient energy is that it benefits everyone involved – businesses can improve their budgeting strategies by cutting down on wasted resources, and Mother Earth will be appreciative as well, as reducing pollution is always a key objective. Better energy policy is a…

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