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Pushing Paper: Finding the Right Solution for Printing
In today’s competitive market, controlling overall costs is a business priority. But finding new ways to drive down costs without impacting business productivity can be a challenge. One cost center that businesses may overlook is printing. Printing is often decentralized, leaving departments to make their own decisions about hardware, maintenance, supplies, and use.
Clean and Green: Janitorial and Sanitation Solutions that Benefit Your Business
For some, spring cleaning is an opportunity to get rid of that box of VHS tapes that’s been cluttering up the garage since 1997. For enterprising businesses, spring cleaning is an opportunity to think about whether you’re getting the best results from your janitorial and sanitation (JanSan) supplies and services.
Safe and Secure: Best Business Practices in Online Security
In the wake of continued high-profile data breaches, safeguarding intellectual property, financial records, and consumers’ personal information has become more critical than ever. Although news headlines tend to highlight wide-scale attacks against large organizations—think J.P. Morgan Chase, Target, and Anthem—most attacks aren’t on such a grand scale.
Fill ‘er up: Meeting Your Business Fuel Needs
Like many Americans, you may think about fuel frequently. Gas prices are often a leading news story, and nearly every car commercial assures us of better gas mileage. However, most people are far less likely to think about fuel as a commodity business expense. For any business that uses delivery vans, repair trucks, passenger buses, on-site maintenance vehicles, or generators, having a safe, convenient, cost-effective fuel source is vital for daily operations.
Delivering the Goods: Managing Your Inbound and Outbound Shipping
Running a profitable business requires balancing a variety of priorities—from ordering inventory to client prospecting to sales conversions. With all of these complex processes to manage, shipping costs are likely the last thing on your mind. But in today’s on-demand economy, shipping can make or break your business. Unfortunately, many companies put little thought into their shipping strategy or avoid it altogether.
In Working Order: Maintenance Investments Pay Big Returns
Nearly all businesses—from corporate offices to manufacturing plants to retail outlets—occupy physical spaces that require regular upkeep to meet the needs of daily operations. Maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO), therefore, is vital for business success. Problems like a leaky roof or broken air conditioning can restrict your ability to do business for hours or days and can cost thousands of dollars to replace.
Home Away from Home: Creating a Better Workplace Environment
It’s not unusual for employees to spend more of their waking hours at their workplace than at home. Companies, therefore, are placing employee well-being at the heart of business strategy and designing their interiors to be work-friendly. The goal: to create a work environment that’s both more comfortable for employees and more conducive to productivity.
The Most Wonderful Time: Managing Your Year-End Spend
As we approach the end of the year, both business owners and cost center managers face an age-old question: to spend or not to spend? More specifically, businesses are now deciding how and where to focus end-of-year spending. Many of those decisions will be influenced by three factors:
Building Brand Ambassadors: Tips for Keeping Employees Engaged
Businesses often focus their branding efforts on such activities as advertising campaigns and media placements. Yet one of the most powerful brand assets every company has is its people. Regardless of your organization’s size or industry, building a strong brand requires that employees feel connected to the business and understand their role as brand ambassadors.
Paid in Full: How Payment Solutions Benefit Your Business
Every business needs to make and receive payments in order to operate. A child’s lemonade stand on a neighborhood street corner may only need a shoe box and a few dollars in change to open for business. Most companies, however, need far more sophisticated tools to manage payments effectively, for sales and purchases alike.
Stay Connected: Finding the Right Telecom Service
For businesses large and small, telecommunication services are vital for remaining competitive. Without the proper telecom solution, companies risk losing the ability to stay in touch with customers, sales teams, franchises, and vendors―any of which could prove crippling when dealing with slim margins or in a service or e-commerce industry.