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The Dish, December 24, 2013

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Tuesday, December 31, 2013


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Happy Holidays from RFMA!
We want to wish all our RFMA members a wonderful holiday season and look forward to serving you in the New Year!

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Renew your membership for 2014
Renewals are in full swing and many memberships expire on Dec. 31, 2013. Make sure you renew your membership for 2014. Log in to and renew today!

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Facilitator: Snow removal practices
Scott Milnes
Detailed statistics and winter weather model predictions suggest the upcoming 2013-2014 snow and ice season will strike aggressively in the northern regions of the United States. Most restaurant facility managers plan for the winter season in the mid-summer months to avoid last-minute issues. For those who don't, exterior services management companies are equipped with firsthand experience in managing all levels of snow and ice.

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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.

Got Grease? — Get Endura!

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4 tips on avoiding ADA trouble zones
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a must-know for facility managers and building owners. Take advantage of these four tips to avoid one of the most troublesome segments of ADA compliance: restroom accessibility woes.

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Sysco shows how to distribute food with ruthless efficiency
The Economist
In an acquisition valued at $8.2 billion, Sysco will buy US Foods, its closest rival in America. There has been speculation for years that these two firms would get together.

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The FM's role in building integration
Building Operating Management
Facility managers may find themselves torn about the idea of integrating systems in existing buildings. But good planning can go a long way to getting around the challenges.

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Help us welcome new RFMA members!
We had over 50 new RFMA members who joined us this November. Please give all of these new restaurant and vendor members a warm welcome!

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Energy-efficient tactics for restaurant FMs
Archita Datta Majumdar
The Energy Star website shows a restaurant's profit can be up to 9 percent of total revenue. But with energy-efficient practices, you can see as much as a 30 percent return.

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How Ecova helps a restaurant chain save water, by the numbers
Did you know one of the biggest consumers of water in diners and quick-serve restaurants are the sanitary perpetual-flow dipper wells required for rinsing food-preparation utensils in a manner that lives up to health codes? Jodenne Scott, director of financial support services for Shari's Café & Pies — a 100-location chain in the Pacific Northwest — suspected this was the case. But it wasn't until she started using facts collected by big-data service provider Ecova that her company realized just how much was going down the drain.

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Chick-fil-A founder opens Hawaiian-themed concept
Truett's Luau, a Hawaiian-themed concept created by Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, opened for business this week in Fayetteville, Ga. According to the Clayton News-Daily, the restaurant includes tropical plants, tiki columns, shell designs and a waterfall. The drive-thru lane is lined with palm trees.

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Buffalo Wild Wings teams up with PepsiCo on beverages, snacks
Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. has announced that PepsiCo Inc. will become the restaurant's primary soft drink and noncarbonated beverage provider beginning in 2014. The two companies will also explore menu offerings with PepsiCo snack brands such as Doritos, Fritos, Tostitos and Ruffles.

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5 threats to effective organizational communication
Mike Wokasch
Effective communication is a critical success factor in any effort involving two or more people. From small businesses to large corporations and even government, effective communication can inspire, align interests, mitigate differences and build trust. Most important, effective communication can get things done. When two or more people want to or need to get something done, success or failure is often attributable to how well the parties communicate with each other. Here are five major factors that threaten effective communications in an organization.

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McDonald's tests McD app at 1,000 stores to lure millennials
Bloomberg Businessweek
McDonald's Corp. is testing a mobile application in 1,000 stores as it tries to lure younger diners at a time when U.S. sales are struggling.

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RFMA 2014 Update (RFMA)
The future of facility management: On the move (Automated Buildings)
How to build your dream team (Mel Kleiman)

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We hate to break it to you. If you’ve waited until June to prepare for the coming winter, you are already behind. As this year’s unusual weather patterns have shown, snow is a year-round concern.

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