Companies are boosting the amount of robots on the job

Could robots soon take over inventory?

Could robots soon take over inventory?

While there will always be the need for professionals to move around material handling carts, there is a growing need for technology in the industry. It seems as though more business managers are catching on to the benefits of having automated systems.

According to Modern Materials Handling, the food and consumer goods industries ordered 41 percent more robots during the first half of this year than they did during the first six months of 2015. This indicates that more companies are looking to technological solutions to improve their efficiency. While technology can still be challenging for some companies, it’s important to strike a balance between automation and human talent.

It’s no surprise that companies are pushing for more robots. According to the Robot Report, Amazon had more than 30,000 robots in its operations during 2015 in order to improve the productivity of its distribution centers.

The news provider reports that the rise in e-commerce and on-demand systems has lead to the push to adopt more automation. This means technology such as robots can help streamline the process and make for a more efficient process. Still, there is need for humans in the warehouse to ensure that everything is running smoothly and to keep track of inventory.

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Adding a visual element to your office landscape

Landscaping can help improve the curb appeal.

Landscaping can help improve the curb appeal.

Looking to add some extra color to your office landscape? You may want to have the professionals fill up their landscaping trucks with shrubbery that not only adds some extra greenery to the mix, but also some colorful options that will last for seasons.

According to High Grove, trying to add curb appeal to an office building can be difficult, even when working with plants. You’ll want to pick greenery that packs a color punch, as it can help distract the naked eye from the stale concrete, brick and pavement that comes with an office building. Consider working with your landscaper on a seasonal basis to think of the best options that will last the longest.

Additionally, the news provider reports that size does matter. Landscapers will want to think strategically about where to make the biggest statements, such as an entrance point or a large swath of grass.

Having the right plants can also help save on facility costs as well. According to Facility Executive, lawns require a lot of water to maintain, whereas plants do not require the most attention. Additionally, if they miss out on a watering, they don’t die off as quickly as grass does, leaving a little wiggle room in terms of maintenance.

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Be smart about inventory storage

Proper storage can help make tracking easier.

Proper storage can help make tracking easier.

Having a smart system in place to keep track of inventory is critical of any business manager. The warehouse can be difficult to navigate, and having a lot of inventory can prove to be challenging. Keeping things productive means that workers need to be able to find things quickly.

Consider getting storage bins that you can easily label. This way, you have sturdy, secure bins holding your inventory that can help reduce the amount of space wasted by odd-shaped boxes. It makes things easier to stack, as well. You should make sure there is a label both at the bottom and the front of the storage boxes, so employees can easily find the inventory they’re looking for.

Proper inventory management can not only keep operations running smoothly, but it can also save money. According to Shopify, staying on top of inventory can help you better predict selling trends, which can in turn help you eliminate dead stock, or products that don’t sell. If you’re able to anticipate customer demand, you can be smarter about your inventory orders.

According to Business 2 Community, if you’re on top of documentation of all of your inventory, you’ll have a more complete picture as to what is in your stock room, on the floor and in the warehouse at all times. This can help you better manage your inventory goals.

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Are you being smart about your landscape business?

Have you thought about offsetting your landscaping costs?

Have you thought about offsetting your landscaping costs?

Starting to get your landscaping business off the ground can feel challenging at times. While most people perceive the business to be mostly seasonal, there are plenty of reasons why businesses and homes alike might need routine landscaping maintenance throughout the course of the year. Loading up landscaping carts with seasonal necessities is a frequent occurrence for those in the business. You have to make sure you’re being smart about the business year-round.

According to Entrepreneur, landscapers should be smart about their pricing strategy. Doing research into going rates and making sure you’re still staying competitive is a smart tactic. The news provider suggests taking stock of the slow times of year and pricing your services based on what you think will cover you even during slow periods. If you’re not making much money during the winter, it’s better to charge more in the summer in order to carry you through.

The Small Business Chronicle reports there are also some costs to consider. Landscaping tools such as lawnmowers and other equipment can be pricey, so you want to make sure you’re getting the best value. You don’t want to skimp on quality to only need to replace it again in a short time, which can affect the bottom line.

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Cleaning up for back to school

Janitors are starting to prep for the arrival of students.

Janitors are starting to prep for the arrival of students.

The summer is coming to a close and the janitorial crews are loading up the cleaning carts and beginning to roam through the hallways to get ready for arriving students. Not only are buildings not as maintained during the summer months, but janitorial staff will want to do a deep clean to try and get a head start on keeping germs from spreading. With so many kids in a room, it can be easy to pass things around.

According to Buildings, deep cleaning should take place in five major areas before the start of school: the bathrooms, flooring, windows and lights, HVAC systems, and the gym and adjoining locker rooms. The news provider reports that these areas can not only show the most dirt and grime, but bacteria tends to linger as well, which could lead to more illnesses in the new year.

It’s not just focusing on cleaning surface areas, the staff will want to take a look at the actual chemicals they are using as well. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that harsher chemicals can lead to health problems, and while they may eradicate the bacteria, it is better to look for green products that also get the job done. Additionally, using energy efficient cleaning tools can help save on the electric bill.

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Keep clean to stay productive

Cleaning should be a priority for everyone.

Cleaning should be a priority for everyone.

Getting cleaning crews into the office is imperative for improving productivity. In addition to bringing in cleaning carts filled with tools, organization is important as well. Employees can frequently waste a lot of time looking for things around their desk that they might be able to find with just a little organizational help.

According to Business.com, employees could find that they lose hours of productivity a week as they struggle to get in the zone and also have difficulty finding things around their workspace at a reasonable pace. The news provider suggests disorganization can actually have a negative impact on one’s brain because they have a harder time focusing on one particular thing. For people who are already easily distracted, this can hamper their workflow even more.

In addition to having the cleaning crews pick up around the office, workers should have a hand in staying organized. Entrepreneur suggests that sifting through extra papers isn’t good for anyone’s productivity, and employees should try to reduce their clutter as much as possible. Filing systems work great, not only in email folders, but also on the desk. By reducing the amount of papers in one’s workspace and properly labeling everything, it can be much easier to find something in a pinch.

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Keep the office tidy even when cleaning crews aren’t around

Add some homemade cleaners to the cart.

Add some homemade cleaners to the cart.

While many professionals load their cleaning carts with chemicals strong enough to get the job done, many establishments are looking for safe remedies. Sometimes, it could even be as simple as making one’s own cleaning solution. There are plenty of concoctions that can work for specific areas around the building.

According to the Huffington Post, there are plenty of different cleaning solutions for various surface areas. One of the biggest points of cleaning contention in an office is the kitchen, since it can get messy quickly and cleaning crews may not come as often as staff would like. Having a cup of white vinegar and a cup of water on hand can help anyone clean the surfaces of the kitchen fast, without having to wait for the professionals.

Additionally, you can take the vinegar and use it again in the bathroom. The news provider reports that mixing one cup of vinegar with ¼ cup of baking soda can help keep the bowls clean. This can be a helpful daily practice in the event buildings don’t hire cleaning crews for an every-night basis.

If the office windows need sprucing, HGTV recommends using rubbing alcohol, which can serve as a cleaner that rivals the professional chemicals. This can save on hiring professional window cleaners to do the job.

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Practice proper carpet care

Do you know how to properly clean a carpet?

Do you know how to properly clean a carpet?

Does your cleaning crew know how to take good care of your carpets? Flooring is important in any office, and some building managers may choose to add carpet for a little added texture and décor purposes. However, it’s important to make sure the cleaning crew on hand has an understanding of what kind of care the carpet needs.

According to Money Control, having a cleaning schedule for a carpet is important, because it can keep it looking fresh and new for much longer. In a busy office, it’s easy for carpets to get worn and dirty quickly. The news provider recommends knowing the material of the carpet, as this can help determine whether simple soap and water will get the job done, or if you need a heavy duty shampoo. Additionally, the news provider recommends drying the carpet completely, or it could have an odor.

However, spills do happen even when the cleaners aren’t scheduled, so it’s important everyone in the office knows general care tips. Popular Mechanics suggests blotting a stain on a carpet, not rubbing it in, because it will help absorb the stain. If everyone follows proper carpet care, then there is a greater chance it will keep looking new for years to come.

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Have patience when taking the time to clean

Are you cleaning with care?

Are you cleaning with care?

Setting out to clean an office is no easy feat, and crews spend a lot of time carefully selecting the solutions that go on their cleaning carts. The chemicals can’t be too harsh or they’ll affect the surfaces they’re cleaning, and you don’t want the smell to be too overpowering.

Cleaning is a process, and that’s something that true professionals remember. According to People, crews will want to take their time when cleaning a space, as solutions can frequently take some time to fully absorb. If you’re looking for a quick fix, consider wiping up the issue, but for deep cleans, you’ll want to solutions to sit for a bit and work their magic.

Additionally, Carewell Urgent Care reports if you’re rushing through a cleaning job, you’re more likely to miss picking up extra dirt and grime. This could make matters worse, and ultimately cause you to spend more time in the long run. Additionally, not taking the time to dry surfaces can leave them wet and slippery. Not only could this mean streaks are left where you just cleaned, but people could be at risk of injuring themselves if the surface is too slick. Take time to make sure everything you clean is dry.

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Hotel cleaning staff share their tips

Hotel cleaning crews have it down to a science.

Hotel cleaning crews have it down to a science.

When hotel maids take out the cleaning carts, they have turning over a room down to a science. Hotels are notorious for germs, with many undercover reports on the biggest spots for germs around the room. However, people still continue to travel, and it turns out that secrets from the cleaning crew could come in handy for office cleaning crews.

According to The Huffington Post, hotel cleaning staff suggest taking out any clutter before doing the deep clean. In a hotel, this applies to trash, pillows and towels, while an office would get rid of excess papers, unused supplies and other trash.

The news provider also reports that cleaning crews will also rely on microfiber cleaning cloths, since they are best for cleaning dust without leaving any excess residue. Think about stocking up and changing the cloths out for each room, just to avoid any chance of cross-contamination.

Care.com suggests taking the dusting one step further, as hotel staff are known to also clean lightbulbs, since it can really make a difference in overall room brightness. Additionally, the news source reports that cleaning crews will typically start cleaning from the top of the room, and working their way down. The source suggests this is a way to avoid repeating unnecessary processes.

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