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05. 14. 2018

Disruption of Retail Facility Management With Energy Management? What Could It Mean?

In the modern age, disruption has gained a negative connotation. Disruption means change is coming, and business owners, as well as Facilities Managers, may not understand how to respond to changes, explains FacilitiesNet. However, change is inevitable, and disruption to retail facility management (FM) will undoubtedly add stress to an organization. However, Facilities Managers who understand and  embrace new technologies and systems, as well as software-as-a-service platforms, can dramatically reduce the adverse impact of disruption and maintain transparency to C-Suite members.

Implementing Energy Management Can Cause Disruption

Implementing an energy management system (EMS) carries the possibility of disruption, and Facilities Managers in retail facility management may be weary of implementing new systems that they do not fully understand. If implementation fails, it could result in dramatically increased cost to an organization, impact Guest experiences, result in higher turnover, and increased overhead operating expenses. Furthermore, companies misunderstand how to install new technology and Internet-connected sensors, which use the Internet of things, and manage the IT concerns that accompany such devices. But, disruption is not necessarily a bad thing.

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Confront Your Biases When Implementing Energy Management

Disruption is another name for opportunity. When one door closes, the energy management system should already understand how it will affect overhead energy consumption costs. Pardon the pun, but any preconceived notions or negative connotations associated with implementing traditional EMS be should be addressed head-on, before beginning the process. Modern systems can be installed quickly, and using the Internet, sensors and devices may not require the running of new electrical wires. In other words, modern energy management systems are built with ease of installation and implementation in mind, so Facilities Managers in retail facility management can focus on reaping the rewards faster, without necessarily disrupting guest experiences or pushing the boundaries of capital spending limits.

Top Things to Expect and Address with the Disruption of the Retail Facility Management

CEOs can help prepare for changes by understanding what changes may occur throughout implementation of an EMS in retail facility management, which as explained by the U.N. Industrial Development Organization, may include the following:

  • Team member may resist change.
  • Legacy mechanical systems may need upgrades.
  • The maintenance backlog will add to implementation costs.
  • Internal customers expect to be informed.
  • Some customization of off-the-shelf solutions may be necessary, which are being used in the U.S. by many companies to achieve better use of resources through appliances with higher ENERGY STAR Ratings, reports the S. Department of Energy.
  • Based on size of scope of work, ROI may take up to 24 months.
  • Potential for increased training and implementation costs.
  • Identification of potential health hazards.
  • New construction and retrofitting of assets.

Let the Potential Disruption Be the Harbinger of Cost Savings, Efficiency, and More

Preemptive understanding of the effects of implementation for an energy management system will lessen the burden and stress associated with implementation and ongoing retail facility management. Facilities Managers must understand the short-term and long-term effects of an energy management system. Find out more about how to implement an energy management strategy across your multi-site portfolio by visiting ENTOUCH online or calling 1-800-820-3511 today.

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