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Sustainable practices in Food Service Management

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When looking through the lens of sustainability within the food service environment, there are myriad interrelated issues, ranging from local purchasing, to waste management, to energy conservation, to green building design. In order to sufficiently address any of these issues, food service managers and facility managers must take into account potential changes to operational processes, education and marketing needs, and processes for measuring costs and benefits. The guide on Sustainable Practices in the Food Service Environment designed by IFMA focuses primarily on inputs, operations and outputs. Areas addressed include responsible procurement, green buildings, energy conservation and waste stream management.

Selling – Direct or Indirect?

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Any equipment manufacturer/supplier would prefer to supply his machines in the simplest way, i.e., directly to the end user company. The profit margin is more, the payment is safe and servicing of the equipment is easier, as there is less mishandling by the operators. On the other hand, when selling to the service providers, the payment can be delayed and there can be equipment breakdowns because of handling by unskilled workers. However, selling to service providers makes more business sense as the market is wider and many equipment suppliers do prefer this route. Therefore, the question here is how an equipment supplier can manage to continue supplying machines to service providers and yet get the payment on time.

Automobile Industry – Growing market for mechanised cleaning

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The Indian automobile industry, ranked seventh largest in the world today, owes its growth to the increased presence of world auto giants who have ventured into this flourishing market. Further, with sourcing parts from India being 10-20% cheaper for US auto makers and about 50% cheaper for their European counterparts, over the decade, several car companies are investing in India. This includes the US automakers General Motors and Ford, Germany's BMW and DaimlerChrysler AG, France's Renault, Japan's Suzuki, Toyota and Honda and South Korea's Hyundai. Along side this growth, the automotive and ancillary units have made tremendous progress, to the extent that India has become an attractive outsourcing destination for global auto companies because of its strong engineering skills and low costs. With international companies having set shop in India, the necessity for mechanised cleaning in each of the segments of this industry --- automobile, ancillary, filling stations and workshops --- has grown appreciably. Mohana M speaks to various manufacturers, dealers and service providers to understand the increasing requirement of mechanised cleaning in the automotive industry.

10 minute act!!! Getting the multiplex spruced up between the shows

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Multiplexes today are more than just places of entertainment. Red carpet welcome, auditorium ambience, comfortable pushback chairs and hot samosas / patties, popcorn, ice-cold cola… served at your seat. But the people seem to be unconcerned about the litter they throw around. Anita Rodrigues, Vice-President of Inox Leisure Ltd ensures that the auditorium is made spic & span minutes before a show begins. Wonder how she gets it cleaned? Preeti Swaminathan narrates with interest the 10-minute cleaning scene at Inox, Mumbai.

The business of Keeping – IT CAMPUSES CLEAN

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The growth of Indian cleaning industry is directly related to the growth of IT business and the resultant increase in the number of IT campuses. The fact that India has a top position in the global IT services sector, maintaining high standards of delivery is an expected norm. The IT sector believes that healthy working environment has a significant impact on business competitiveness. Clean India Journal visits the Bangalore campuses of India’s IT giants Wipro and Infosys and speaks to the facility heads to understand the systems put in place to keep the offices and premises clean. While Wipro has outsourced the maintenance to Facility Management companies – JLL, Sodexo and CBRE, Infosys prefers to get the job done with a combination of inhouse and outsourced resources.

Crisis Situation

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Housekeeping plays an important role in the recovery of any organisation from a crisis situation caused by disasters at the minimum possible time

Maintaining National Highways

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The standards of highways in any country speak for the kind of development it has achieved.India is certainly trying to maintain international quality of construction and maintenance of the highways.

Facility Professionals – the future

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Facility managers will need to develop a business orientation and view themselves as business managers capable of justifying their requirements and initiatives in business terms.

Total solutions to cleaning needs

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Established in 2003, in Mumbai, Total Solutions Facility Management Pvt. Ltd, offers tailor-made packages for the specific cleaning needs of its clients. Empowering departments and individuals is the key to sustained growth, says Managing Director Jasmer Puri, in a conversation with Clean India Journal
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