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ISSA Announces Expansions to its Mexico Show

July 12, 2018

ISSA announces that the ISSA Show Mexico 2019 will deliver significantly greater value to participants by way of co-located events and an additional curriculum geared specifically to cleaning and maintenance professionals.

Taking place June 5-7, 2019, at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, Mexico, the ISSA Show Mexico 2019 will co-locate with ExpoMed, the largest medical trade show in Mexico, which annually hosts more than 10,000 attendees. Further, the Professional Retail Store Maintenance (PRSM) Association will co-locate its member meeting with ISSA Show Mexico 2019. Together, these concurrent events significantly enhance professional networking and best-practice-sharing opportunities among event delegates, resulting in increased value and connections for all participants.

ISSA Show Mexico 2019 offers an expansive program that delivers outstanding education, information, and professional networking opportunities to attendees. Educational sessions are presented by recognized experts in cleaning and facility management. The exhibition features several of the world’s premier cleaning suppliers and solution providers, covering cleaning agents, health and safety supplies, and state-of-the-art equipment.

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Housekeepers Working Out the Kinks on Cleaning App

Debate centers on whether new technology makes jobs easier

July 12, 2018

Digital apps are generally thought to make life easier. However, two years after implementing a new cleaning technique that uses a smart phone app to schedule their room cleanings instead of a paper schedule, housekeepers at the Philadelphia Marriot Downtown in Philadelphia, PA, say the app has actually made their job more difficult, The Inquirer reports.

The app indicates which rooms housekeepers need to clean, and the order in which they should clean them. The problem is that the app is causing housekeepers to bounce from floor to floor, instead of tackling rooms in a methodical order. Many housekeepers prefer to focus on the occupied rooms in the morning so current guests are guaranteed clean rooms, and then focus on the rooms where guests had checked out later.

Management likes the app as it allows them to collect data on its workforce, such as its housekeepers’ movements and how long it takes them to clean a room. The good news is that hotels can adapt the app to fit their specific needs. Housekeepers are optimistic their union leaders can work with hotel management and the app creators to create a tool that works well for everyone.

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College Offers New FM Degree

July 12, 2018

Are you looking to advance your maintenance career? This month, Dunwood College of Technology in Minneapolis, MN, announced it is offering a two-year degree in facilities operations and management.

Courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Facilities Operations and Management program begin this fall and will take place in the evening to accommodate students already working in the field. The courses will incorporate a variety of software programs, including computerized maintenance management systems, integrated workforce management systems, and building monitoring systems. Sustainability concepts also will be incorporated into each course to meet the demand of modern facility operations.

Students will have access to the entire campus as a learning laboratory, giving them experience in maintaining a mixture of old and new facilities. In addition to maintenance, the program will focus on asset management, space management, and building safety and security.

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Tech Company Partners With Jansan Manufacturer

July 12, 2018

Johnson Controls, Inc. has been named a technology and systems integration partner of Georgia-Pacific, LLC, parent company of Georgia-Pacific Professional.

The deal calls for Johnson Controls to assist with improving operational efficiency and employee productivity at Georgia-Pacific’s Atlanta, GA, headquarters. Johnson Controls will install updated lighting and HVAC systems at the property, including an advanced building automation system.

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