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The Dish, July 9, 2013

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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RFMA Events in July

To register for any of these events visit our event calendar on or click here.

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Submit an Education Abstract for RFMA 2014
If you are interested in submitting an education abstract for RFMA 2014 make sure to check out our Presentation Guidelines. Deadline to submit an education abstract is July 15! Click here to submit an abstract. Click here to view the Presentation Guidelines.

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Facilitator: Water world
Greg DuChane
Of the unexpected issues restaurant facility managers tackle, one of the most difficult tends to be moisture problems. By the time a facility manager has been called, restaurant management has identified a musty odor or signs of water damage.

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Wherever you are...We can be!
When your business has multiple locations, coordinating all of them is a massive job. You need one source to get everything functioning as a unified whole and to keep it that way. Source One is that one source.

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The HVAC Factor: Wireless thermostat conversion
Today's Facility Manager
As energy efficiency standards grow stronger, legacy pneumatic controls for the HVAC system in commercial buildings are often unable to meet the needs of facility operators.

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Steam system maintenance and steam trap replacement saves money
Sandy O'Lear
Steam boilers can be found in a variety of properties, from laundries to universities, as well as industrial facilities, restaurants and apartment buildings. Any property that uses steam boilers will have multiple steam traps. What is a steam trap? Steam traps are automatic valves used in every steam system to remove condensate, air and other noncondensable gases, while maximizing system efficiency. Space heating steam systems will have steam traps at every radiator or baseboard. For steam traps to maximize system efficiency, they should be maintained and inspected regularly.

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The top 5 dirtiest areas in restaurants
What could an online reviewer say about your facility? Keep a good reputation by learning from reviews listing the top five dirtiest areas in a restaurant.

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Integrated facility management is crucial
Archita Datta Majumdar
The past decade has seen increasing demands for managed services in all areas of business, including facility and property management.

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Exclusive whitepaper: Amazon's local strategy
Showrooming and loss-leading group deals are threats to local businesses today. Where did it begin? Can local business look forward to losing out more?

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Survey: Restaurant's most important room? It's not the kitchen
USA Today
The most personal — and most telling — moment that a customer experiences in a restaurant isn't typically at the table. It's in the restroom. Some 50 percent of restaurant patrons who have a negative experience with a bathroom — from dirty toilets to grimy soap dispenses to bad odors — will blab about it to friends and family, according to a recent survey by Harris Interactive for SCA Tissue North America.

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The next stop in the drive-through revolution
Salt Lake City is the latest addition to the growing list of cities with a Starbucks drive-through constructed out of old shipping containers. The container-as-coffee-shop model is part of Starbucks' push further into drive-throughs — and is an industry-wide signal that the use of containers as a building block has reached a new level.

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Pizza chain implements new digital menu boards, signage
Digital Signage Connection
Origin Display Group Inc. has begun the roll-out of digital signage for all nine of Home Run Inn's Chicago area pizzerias. The company wanted a system that would let users manage multiple units dynamically from any computer with Internet access. In addition, Home Run Inn Pizza was looking for an intuitive system that makes it easy to update and promote the chain's own messaging.

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3 practical tips for documenting essential job responsibilities
Deborah Wipf
Ahhh, summer! Time to head to the beach or nearest pool, fire up the grill and enjoy some time away from the office. But wait, what happens to your work responsibilities when you go on vacation? What if you have to take a sick day? Does it all pile up for you to deal with when you return? What would happen if one of your team members quit? There's a ton of information residing within your team members that would disappear if they did. This loss could lead to reduced productivity, delayed deposits or payments, key tasks missed completely, and more. So how do we fix this issue and somehow capture that knowledge?

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Eateries, bars show big appetite for hiring
The Wall Street Journal
Would you like fries with that jobs report? Restaurants and bars account for nearly 1 of every 10 American jobs. They have driven a disproportionate share of employment growth over the past three months, accounting for more than a fourth of all new payroll spots.

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15 fast food menu items you won't believe
Advertising Age
Wendy's pretzel-bacon cheeseburger is the latest in a long line of extreme experiments from fast food brands. Here are some greatest hits of the past few years.

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RFMA welcomes new members (RFMA)
Facilitator: Answering the call — Jack in the Box and Qdoba (Sherleen Mahoney)
Asphalt repair strategies and tactics (FacilitiesNet)

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