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Inconceivable? Not at All
magically create worklife balance. Only we
can do that, by utilizing
technology to our best
KIRK BEAUDOIN, RFMP, FMA,
LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE
FACILITIES MANAGER, adidas AMERICA, INC.
2014-15 PRESIDENT, PRSM ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
think back to the technology of my
youth with fond memories, knowing I was spoiled compared to my
parents. Pong and the Atari 2600
were my generation's PlayStation.
We only had a handful of TV channels to
choose from. And we answered the telephone without knowing who was on the
I also remember my dad coming home
from work each evening, laying out all his
paperwork and working long after I would
go to bed. At that age I didn't know the word
technology, but I did wonder why he had
to work so much. He needed more people,
or a robot!
New products and technological advancements are designed around making our lives
easier, doing things faster, and freeing up
our valuable time, or just to entertain us
more. Oh the joy of finally getting cable
Early in my career I was given a pager. I
knew instantly when the office needed to
speak with me when I was out in the field.
Inconceivable! This was followed closely
behind by the cell phone. Speaking to the
office and other customers from anywhere,
untethered from the landline, my freedom
knew no bounds. I no longer had to wander
around the building to find an unoccupied
conference room to make a call, or pull over
to find a pay phone. Inconceivable!
In the '80s and '90s the computer industry was booming. Computers and cuttingedge software allowed us to do the same
tasks in a fraction of the time. Gone were
typewriters and carbon paper. AutoCAD
replaced drafting tables and T-squares. And
electronic spreadsheets! Oh, thank goodness! How did people function before?
Today, CMMS systems streamline our
ability to track requests, process invoices,
measure vendor performance and manage
budgets. Smartphones and mobile devices
allow us to do all the aforementioned items
from anywhere, right from the palm of our
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hands. How much better can things possibly
At a recent Retailer2Retailer Best
Practices Forum (and a thank-you to the
sponsors for their support) we heard stories
from multiple retailers on their tools, processes and facilities models. It was interesting to see the wide range of technology in
use. But the one constant seemed to be that
everyone was extremely busy.
Inconceivable! How can that be, with all
the technology we have available to us compared to our peers of a decade or two ago?
So, as I'm looking back at all the technological advancements I've seen in my life,
noticing that what may have taken days in
the past can now be done in hours, I have
to ask: "Where's all our extra free time?"
"Where's our life of leisure?"
I have realized that technology isn't
here to provide us with a sub-40-hour
work week and extended vacations. It is
designed to allow us to perform more
efficiently, to operate at a higher speed,
and to accomplish more with less. It isn't
inconceivable. It is absolutely conceivable.
Technology will continue to evolve and
amaze. But it won't magically create worklife balance. Only we can do that, by utilizing technology to our best advantage.
So take advantage of the upcoming conference, visit the exhibit floor to find new
technological solutions to save you time
and money, speak to the many providers to
find out how they use technology to perform more efficiently and cost effectively,
and network with your peers to identify any
other time saving processes or solutions
that you may not have thought of yet.
And on this Sunday afternoon as I stare
at my smartphone, ever ready to pounce on
the next emergency, I think back fondly to
my youth and of a Sunday similar to this.
As our "house phone" loudly announced an
unknown caller with its familiar BRRRRing,
I can still hear my dad say, "Don't answer
that. We're playing catch today."
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Professional Retail Store - September/October 2014
Executive Director’s Column
New PRSM Members
Business in Canada
Fire Protection for Rolling Doors
Self-Performing Lighting Contractors and the Loch Ness Monster
Boma Every Building Conference
The Need to Reevaluate Network Security
Proper Handling of Hazardous Waste
Key System Management
Professional Retail Store - September/October 2014