Will The Delta Variant Cause Another Chaotic Holiday Season For Retail?

In 2020, retail outlets faced a variety of challenges to accommodate holiday shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the economic issues faced throughout the country, there was a record-breaking 8.3% year-over-year increase in holiday season retail sales. The seamless transition to online sales helped many companies come out of the COVID slump stronger than ever. And while it seems like life is going back to normal in many states, consumers are faced with a new dilemma: how scared should they be of the Delta variant?

 

Over 65% of the population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and over 50% are fully vaccinated. This means for many consumers that the risk of illness is reduced to a safe level for retail shopping, even in-store. However, there are several challenges that retail outlets will face other than a potential shortage of in-store shoppers: 

 

  • Staff shortages – Also known as the Great Reassessment, many retail, restaurant, and other industries are facing massive labor shortages. This is caused in many ways by the reevaluation of individuals on the careers they wish to pursue, along with the fear of being exposed to the Delta variant while at work. 

 

  • Supply chain disruptions – Many manufacturers are still not running at full capacity or catching up from extended closures in 2020. This is especially problematic for international supply chains, as many countries outside the US are experiencing second waves of closures. 

 

  • Extended shipping times – With online sales skyrocketing across the U.S. and internationally, many retail outlets will need to prepare customers for extended shipping times and higher shipping costs for rush orders. As the holiday shopping season comes closer, there will be several issues your customers have to contend with to get their packages on time, which can cause many upset customers and lost sales if you’re not careful. 

 

Retailers also have to resolve the practical matters of retail shopping during the pandemic. State guidelines, if any, must be followed and employees need to have safe options available to minimize exposure risk. This can be difficult depending on the size of your facility, but should be at the forefront of your mind before the holiday rush begins. 

 

While retail outlets are under stress this year, they are also given a prime opportunity to capitalize on a growing economy and consumers’ enthusiasm for a return to normalcy during the holidays. If facility managers are able to keep a close eye on operational issues and put safety first for both consumers and employees, they can expect to have a very successful holiday season. 

 

To learn ways you can prepare your retail facility with proper preventative care before the holidays, contact us. 

Investing in New Infrastructure vs. Maintenance for School Campuses

School districts are facing a multitude of problems across the country in the wake of COVID-19. Mask requirements, online learning, and an ever-increasingly smaller budget are putting pressure on many school boards to cut costs wherever possible. And, far too often those funds are being cut from maintenance and new infrastructure budgets to fund seemingly more urgent programs. 

 

This is understandable from the school board and taxpayer’s perspective. Maintenance is already a low priority, and even more so when many parents are opting to do online learning while the school structure remains uncertain. However, this poses a critical opportunity for schools to renovate and maintain the buildings that desperately need the extra TLC.

 

In 2013, a study of U.S. K-12 schools suggested that it would take over $270B to renovate existing schools across the country to their original condition, or up to $542B to rebuild and modernize these same buildings. Unfortunately, not even the $270B benchmarks were met, as school maintenance budgets are typically slashed rather than raised each year. Now, nearly 10 years later, our schools are struggling to introduce new technologies to their classrooms, let alone find the budgets for modernizing classrooms to meet educational standards. The problem only gets worse with each passing year, and the schools are running out of time to change. 

 

However, we believe now is a prime opportunity for many schools to start rebuilding and investing in modern infrastructure for their campuses. As online earning increases its reach and efficiency, more students are able to take a break from campus and continue with their studies. With fewer students on campus and fewer resources needed for lessons and assignments (as even in-class learning has an integral online component in most cases), there is a golden opportunity for school districts to take advantage. 

 

The question now is whether or not the school districts will do so, or if their hard-pressed budget will remain locked down with lower maintenance budgets each year. At MaintenX, we encourage preventative maintenance services for school campuses to help reduce long-term costs. These preventative care services, coupled with new construction projects, can help schools turn this decade into one of incredible progress. 

 

There is no question that campuses, teachers, and students are struggling right now. However, MaintenX has faith in our communities to take these challenges and turn them into opportunities for the future. 

The Importance of Infrastructure Maintenance

For the most part, we take infrastructure for granted. The structures that support our livelihoods and lifestyles are expected to run, but very rarely do we think about the maintenance that is required to do so. MaintenX understands this better than most. We see so many buildings that are on the edge of disaster because the infrastructures are not cared for on a regular basis. 

 

Your business’ facility is essential to your long-term success. By investing in the maintenance of your building (or in public works as it relates to local governing agencies), you can improve your own business and the community at large. Here’s why:

 

Infrastructure provides economic opportunities for rural areas. 

Increasing access to urban communities from rural areas can increase economic development in those areas. Good roads and new buildings can make it easier for smaller communities to attract economic opportunities, as well as bolster existing ones. Infrastructure that provides reliable electricity and internet can also improve the quality of life and economic opportunity for those in rural areas.

 

Infrastructure maintenance lowers costs for facility owners and renters.

By failing to provide adequate maintenance to existing infrastructure, the costs only surmount. Costlier repairs and complete rebuilds will eventually become necessary, and the costs trickle down to facility renters. This is equally problematic for public works, where the cost of poor maintenance is passed onto residents.

 

Infrastructure maintenance leads to increased productivity. 

When infrastructures such as electricity, fiber optics, and buildings themselves are not maintained, they often put the burden on facility renters to come up with temporary solutions. Investing in temporary solutions such as backup generators and waste disposal takes away capital that could be used for innovation. By keeping up with infrastructure maintenance, businesses can invest greater into the future rather than cleaning up the past. 

 

Public and private infrastructure is key to economic development for communities large and small. To learn more about what you can do to improve public or private infrastructure, contact us for preventative maintenance service details. 

Four Things You Didn’t Know About The MaintenX Team

If you’ve called MaintenX in the past, it’s likely because you had an emergency repair that needed attendance immediately. We are known for our emergency repair and preventative care services, but what makes us stand out from other contractor networks is our exceptional customer service. We build genuine relationships with our clients to provide them not just great service, but peace of mind whenever they call. It is through these relationships that we are able to achieve long-lasting savings through preventative care.

 

What goes on behind the scenes is the key to our superior reputation in facility maintenance. Here’s what you can come to expect when you work with the MaintenX team:

 

We serve over 20 states and have partnerships from coast to coast. 

MaintenX is a self-performing contractor network, which means we provide connections to top licensed technicians across each city and state. Our advanced dispatch service ensures that among our network of thousands, you’ll be matched with the closest and most experienced contractor in the area to provide your preventative care or emergency services. This network extends into every state within the continental U.S. through strategic partnerships and sub-contractor networks. When you call MaintenX, you can guarantee you’re getting the best!

 

We are there when our communities need it most. 

MaintenX specializes in emergency repairs and natural disaster relief including commercial repairs for hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and more. If your commercial facility has been damaged, we provide fast and reliable service to your location ASAP. We also volunteer in the community to provide preparation services such as sand bagging and window boarding before major hurricanes. Our technicians are by your side no matter what.

 

We offer all-inclusive maintenance services. 

Typically when you work with a commercial maintenance team, you’ll be offered a short menu of services. Sometimes you may have to find a specialist for every type of repair, from roofing to HVAC, plumbing, and electrical. But not with MaintenX! We provide total facility repair including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, roofing, refrigeration, and handyman repairs. With one call you can schedule any service — it’s that easy!

 

We offer the best customer service in the industry.

What separates us apart is our advanced work-order management system, safety procedures, and dispatch team that make your experience a breeze. From the moment you put in a work order request to the time the technicians arrive, we can tell you what to expect and facilitate a quick and seamless service. Our technicians are also trained in the highest standards of safety training (SafetyX), which ensures your work will be done effectively and without any onsite accidents. Our goal is excellence in every service — that’s why MaintenX is the place to call for all of your facility repairs! 

 

Curb to roof and coast to coast, MaintenX is the place for all of your commercial maintenance needs. Contact us today to learn more!

How To Plan A Safe Company Fourth of July Celebration

Independence Day is one of the most important holidays we celebrate in America. It is a day to commemorate the lives that we lost in honor of freedom, and to celebrate everything that makes our country a great place to live. However, with COVID-19 precautions still in place, you may want to celebrate a little differently this year. 

 

Whether you’re planning a customer appreciation celebration or a company picnic, the Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate while social distancing, but you have to be safe. Below are some tips from the MaintenX team to make this Fourth of July fun and safe at your company: 

 

Celebrate outdoors to encourage safe social distancing

While the CDC has lifted many of the precautionary advisements for indoor gatherings, it is still best to celebrate outside when in large groups. This gives everyone the opportunity to celebrate safely while social distancing. If you live in a particularly hot climate, be sure to provide plenty of shade and water for the comfort of attendees. 

 

Schedule a landscaping service before the big party.

If you do decide to celebrate outdoors for the Fourth of July, it’s important to make sure your outdoor facilities can handle the party. Schedule a landscaping maintenance service a week or so in advance to ensure your facility is in tip-top shape. Your MaintenX technicians can trim the foliage, inspect hardscape, and even perform checks on your outdoor HVAC units to ensure you can stay cool and have fun outside this Independence Day. 

 

Skip the DIY fireworks

In some states, you are allowed to purchase small fireworks for residential use. However, the use of these products varies from state to state on commercial property, and are typically not safe in large group settings. Instead, schedule your celebration for the evening so you can watch the city fireworks from your location. 

 

MaintenX is proud to serve American businesses with quality preventative maintenance and installation services. We wish you a happy Fourth of July, and hope you’ll choose us for all of your commercial maintenance needs!

Practical Father’s Day Gifts For The At-Home Mechanic

At MaintenX, we appreciate all of the staff who work hard to help our clients keep their doors open. From curb to roof, we maintain commercial facilities with the help of a stellar technician crew spanning 13 states and hundreds of cities across the U.S. Many of us are fathers and mothers, and we’d like to give special thanks to all the Dads who are a part of making MaintenX a great place to work. 

 

If your father or husband is an electrician, plumber, HVAC technician, roofer, or repairman, consider these four gifts for Father’s Day 2021: 

 

A repairman’s tumbler

Maintenance technicians are often up before everyone else and go home after everyone else to get the job done. MaintenX covers emergency repairs, which can happen at any time of the day, and we depend on our faithful technicians to answer the call whenever it comes. If you want to help your Dad stay caffeinated and happy throughout the day, consider getting him a custom mechanic’s tumbler or to-go coffee mug for his daily commute. 

 

Try this one on Amazon

 

Wire stripping multi-tool knife

Pocket knives are a must-have for electricians. Most of our electricians carry one on their toolbelt, but your Dad would love a custom one that has a special engraving or print. Many online retailers sell special knives for electricians that come in a variety of designs. 

 

Try this one on Amazon

 

Flashlight gloves

Whether you’re climbing under a building to fix plumbing or inspecting an air vent, our maintenance techs need plenty of light to see in these tight, cramped spaces. Flashlight gloves are a great solution for these circumstances and can also help protect your dad’s hands while he’s working.  It’s a go-to gift for any plumber or HVAC technician. 

 

Try this one on Amazon

 

T-shirts for the HVAC tech, plumber, or electrician

Everyone appreciates a good Dad joke, especially when in t-shirt form. If your Dad is the type to look for things to fix around the house, it might seem like he never leaves work behind. Help him feel proud of his handiwork with a t-shirt that shows how much he loves his job because he is making a difference every day. 

 

Try this one on Amazon

 

A Message to the MaintenX Dads

We want to thank all of the Dads who work at MaintenX for giving their all to our mission to help businesses thrive. Every day you show up to work, you’re making a difference in the lives of business owners in your community, and for that, we appreciate you! Happy Father’s Day from your MaintenX family, and thank you for all that you do. 

What Is MaintenX’s Rapid Disaster Response?

Natural disasters are an unfortunate part of life, no matter where your business facility is based. Whether hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, or snowstorms, disasters can be majorly harmful to the operations and infrastructure of your facility. When the worst happens and disaster strikes, it is important to know who you can depend on to step in and help get you back on track. We at MaintenX, through our rapid disaster response service, are the reliable team you can count on to recover after a disaster and return to normal as quickly as possible.

 

Specific Facility Repairs and Restoration

 

When it comes to helping facilities get back on their feet after a disaster, we at MaintenX have you covered! During the course of the disaster, we can help by repairing and refueling generators, and performing emergency repairs to facility components. After the incident is over, we can be on site shortly after to help clean up any damages in and around the facility and get equipment and systems back online by performing any necessary repairs. Once you are back to normal, we can help you set up preventative maintenance plans and devise the right strategy to help you mitigate damages during the next disaster.

 

Community Outreach and Recovery

 

In addition to helping private companies and their facilities, we are also active in communities affected by natural disasters. In the wake of a storm or incident, we work alongside FEMA and Red Cross to help get their operations up and running for impacted communities. We also help repair homes and provide essential services to those caught up in the emergency circumstances of the natural disaster. Over the past few years, we’ve been active and on the ground in many hurricanes and major storms in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and the Midwest and plan to continue this outreach for many years to come.

 

The MaintenX rapid disaster response is an important aspect of our dedication to helping not only our customers, but whole communities when they need it most. To learn more about our emergency services and how we can assist your company in both good times and bad, please call us at (855) 751-0075.

How to Make Socially-Distanced Workplaces More Employee-Friendly

In the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a need for socially-distanced workplaces in a way that was never needed before. As companies mandated that many employees work from home, the reality is that many employees across the country were unable to work remotely. In industrial facilities, an employee’s presence is necessary, and many companies scrambled to adhere to social distancing guidelines. If your facility falls into this category, here are some helpful tips for how to make socially-distanced workplaces more employee-friendly.

 

Position equipment in a distanced, but effective way.

 

While social distancing is an important concern for the health of your employees, it needn’t be at the expense of productivity. If the equipment in the facility is already positioned in a way that puts employees close together, now is the time to rearrange the furniture and separate out production-necessary machinery. So long as everyone is kept apart, it shouldn’t impact performance and you likely have the space in your facility to accommodate a move.

 

Give all employees plenty of room.

 

While the nature of social distancing requires employees to be six feet apart, they can be spread out farther. Employees will work better if they are comfortable, so if you have the space for it, give them even more room. Being apart doesn’t mean crammed in another room and ensuring that each employee has plenty of room to breathe is key to making it comfortable in these circumstances. 

 

Work outside if possible.

 

Finally, although it may not be possible for all facilities, employees should be able to work outside if group meetings or activities are absolutely necessary. This should not be done if outdoor working is not feasible, but if it is possible, it is certainly a worthy option to consider.

 

As many companies still struggle to meet socially-distanced guidelines, many still have found comfortable balances to help both productivity and employee health and happiness. At MaintenX, we support all endeavors to make this possible and will help in any way we can through our facility maintenance and equipment management services. To learn more, please call us any time at (855) 751-0075.

Will We Meet These Sustainability Goals By 2030?

Sustainability is an important goal that both companies and individuals have been working toward for a long time. Businesses in particular have a higher responsibility to become more sustainable and thankfully it seems to be a trend that more and more businesses are implementing changes in pursuit of this goal. In the interest of setting tangible, clearly defined goals, the United Nations set up the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform to lay the roadmap for sustainability in the upcoming years and the result is powerful.

 

What are the 2030 sustainability goals?

 

The UN’s framework for sustainability laid out seventeen goals for all businesses to work for, with the expectation being that they should all be able to meet them within a decade. The list of goals is as follows:

 

  1. To end poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  2. To end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
  3. To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  4. To ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  5. To achieve gender equality and empower women and girls.
  6. To ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
  7. To ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.
  8. To promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
  9. To build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
  10. To reduce inequality within and among countries.
  11. To make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
  12. To ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  13. To take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  14. To conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.
  15. To protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
  16. To promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.
  17. To strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

 

Will we reach these goals?

 

While these goals may seem lofty, they are completely attainable if we all do our part. If you are a business owner or facility manager, you have a social responsibility to work towards these goals as well, and you don’t have to do them alone. We at MaintenX are here to lend our support through our facility maintenance services and equal dedication to being as sustainable as possible. To learn more about our services and initiatives, please call us at (855) 751-0075.

Keeping Employees Healthy Can Save You Money

Health and wellness incentives are becoming increasingly popular across the country and the world. As a new generation of workers is joining and advancing the workforce, it’s important for companies to keep up with developing trends to ensure they get top talent. What’s more, companies can also save money on healthcare expenses by promoting healthy lifestyle trends.

While LEED and other initiatives come with their own pros and cons, it’s important to view each program with an eye on the big picture. Think about your specific company, industry, and physical environment. Rating systems like LEED and WELL can guide you in the right direction, so you’re not starting from scratch when developing a holistic employee health incentive program.

Office Design

As anyone who has worked in an office in the past 20 years will tell you, office environments have evolved. Individual offices were the standard for decades, then came the sometimes dreaded and often satirized “sea of cubicles” depicted in popular culture. Most recently, the open office has drastically increased in popularity in businesses around the world. Each format has its own effects on employee wellness, and your choice should depend on many factors, including the nature of your work, your corporate culture, and even the “brand” the organization wishes to present to its workers and the world.

Cost Considerations

What about the bottom line? This also isn’t an easy question to answer. As with most decisions for a facility or office manager, it’s important to set priorities. Health and wellness should be at the top of that list, but the individual setup you decide on should be well-researched and tailored to your specific company.