SPECS Behind, PRSM Beyond: Hot Topics in Facility Management
Was it eons ago, or just a month ago? Our first experience at the Chain Store Age 51st annual SPECS Conference March 15-17, in Las Vegas brought new faces, ideas and innovations to the FacilitySource booth. Attendees, most of whom serve as executives and managers of store planning/design, equipment, construction and facility services, didn’t hold back. It was all good news—the type of news that’s worth sharing.
- Projects & Pipelines. Retailers are boosting their budgets and timeframes for new projects. While they admit budgets are moderate for new projects, including re-modeling and retrofits, it’s a positive to see them looking at cost-effective ways “get the job done.” We shamelessly talked about the FacilitySource approach to Capital Projects. Several architects and others shared their dilemmas: Neither have reliable management and field resources to complete their projects. They are seeking new alternatives and options. Bottom line, it appears projects and the project pipeline is moving ahead.
- New Interests, New Directions. Amid the general buzz of increased capital projects investments, the showstopper seemed to be growing interest in LED lighting for internal and external usage among retailers. Wal-Mart’s Don Moseley, senior manager of sustainable facilities, shared the big box’s approach to assessing, testing, implementing and now analyzing its usage of LED lighting. The show-wide interest seemed ubiquitous since LED is now increasingly affordable, saves energy and is aesthetically advantageous. It was surprising to hear Moseley share how much process, planning and procedure is required to ensure LED-related success.
Now that SPECS is behind us, we’ve remained full throttle over the last few weeks, prepping to head to the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association conference, April 27-29. It’s another opportunity for us to connect with customers and clarify how we do it just a bit differently than most. Be sure to visit the FacilitySource booth #808. Follow us on Twitter @FacilitySource for updates during the show.
Now the real work begins again: To ensure that customers, potential customers and our network of service providers not only glean Lessons Learned from our team of experts, but for us to learn from you.