Author Archives for Jay Fiske, VP of Business Development

McFlurry

McFlurry Conspiracy: Smart Commercial Kitchens to the Rescue!

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Recently, the Wall Street Journal published a front-page article about the challenges customers were having getting McFlurries at McDonald’s. While entertaining on the surface – conspiracy theories swirl around social media about why McFlurries were not available –­ the article points to more serious challenges that affect all food service...
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Arby's Smart Kitchen

Arby’s Worldwide Franchise Convention 2016: On a Roll!

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I’m just back from the Arby’s 2016 Worldwide Franchise Convention. We had the chance to interact with many of our existing franchisee customers and greet prospective new customers, meet with our industry partners such as kitchen equipment manufacturers, and learn more broadly about what is happening in the Arby’s universe. It...
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America’s Greenest Restaurants slash energy use while serving up sublime sustenance

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Last month, The Daily Meal announced its annual selection of America’s Greenest Restaurants. The top 20 restaurants are chosen for their dedication to green and sustainable operation, while at the same time, serving “standout cuisine.” Restaurants selected for the list must demonstrate their commitment to sustainability by earning a 3- or 4-star Green Restaurant...
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Restaurant Management

Cultivating a Food Safety Culture in Your Restaurant

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At MUFSO today, we attended an interesting presentation about an important topic for all restaurant organizations: safety. Customers and employees are the driving forces behind any successful restaurant so their safety and well-being is a top priority for restaurant managers. When a restaurant is identifying opportunities to keep its customers and employees...
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SiteSage thermostat management

EMS 2.0 + Managed Services: Better Together

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In a recent post, I wrote about how next-generation Energy Management Systems (which we call “EMS 2.0”) are enabling facilities management firms to be heroes to their clients by providing unprecedented visibility and automated analytics down to the equipment level, allowing service companies to respond more proactively to equipment issues. Similarly,...
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Superman

Facility Maintenance Companies: How can EMS 2.0 Make You a Hero?

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With the increasing availability of cost-effective networked thermostats, controls, and sensors, many companies and service providers have unprecedented remote access and visibility into their facilities. We call this emergence of increasingly intelligent building systems Energy Management 2.0, or EMS 2.0. So for companies that provide facility maintenance services to their clients,...
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Energy Utilities: Friend or Foe to Restaurant and Convenience Store Chains?

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Energy bills can often be one of the larger expenses for an organization – especially for companies managing chains of restaurants or convenience stores, which typically consume three times more energy per square foot than other commercial facilities. Energy costs can also be frustrating to try to control, and many...
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Energy hog

Are Small Commercial Facilities the Redheaded Stepchildren of Energy Efficiency?

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Any amount of searching on the web these days for commercial energy efficiency programs shows that the bulk of efforts are focused around mid- to large-sized commercial facilities: big box retail, office buildings, municipal buildings, etc. In many ways, this makes perfect sense. Big facilities offer big potential efficiency gains...
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