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  • Behind-the-Scenes Strategy

    With Kara Cutino, Vice President of Store Development, Store Corporate Facilities, Strategic Procurement and Asset Protection at Ascena

    From the outside, facilities can often seem shrouded in mystery. Our guest today knows how important it is illuminate, collaborate, and celebrate the work that’s being done in the brick and mortar space.

    This episode features an interview with Kara Cutino, Vice President, Store Development, Facilities Services, Asset Protection & Store Purchasing at ascena. ascena is a leading national specialty retailer offering apparel, shoes, and accessories for women through brands like brands Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, and Lane Bryant.

    In this episode, Kara discusses the behind-the-scenes strategies in facilities, the importance of trusting your team to fail, and how to provide a beautiful client experience.

  • Overcoming Supply Chain Challenges

    With Jim Owens, Chief Growth Officer at SDI

    Three years ago the average person might’ve had to Google what supply chain means. Today, most people are familiar with the term and we’re dealing with mainstream supply chain challenges that affect us all. Today’s guest is sharing how to overcome them.

    This episode features an interview with Jim Owens, Chief Growth Officer at SDI. SDI is the supply chain solutions and services company that specializes in helping large, multi-site facilities and plant maintenance leaders to reduce costs and risk while driving overall performance results and outcomes.

    On today’s episode Jim joins us to discuss leveraging competitive advantage, why technology is no longer a nice-to-have in supply chain solutions, and the importance of levelsetting what you can and cannot control in an unpredictable supply chain landscape.

  • The Impact of Design on Human Behavior

    With Mark Landini, Creative Director at Landini Associates

    There once was a time when the brick and mortar retail space served as more than just a place to buy goods, but as an opportunity for community to flourish. Our guest today designs with that in mind.

    This episode features an interview with Mark Landini, Creative Director at Landini Associates. Landini Associates designs places for people. Based in Sydney, working globally, they are a design and brand consultancy specializing in the creation of profitable retail and hospitality formats for their global clients all over the world.

    On today’s episode Mark joins us to discuss how design in the retail space is ideally invisible, the impact of design on human behavior, and the importance of “the barbecue test”.

  • Fresh Perspectives from Women in Facilities Management, Erika Young, Manager of Implementation Services
    Women in Facilities Management: Erika Young

    As a leader with more than seven years managing the customer onboarding process at ServiceChannel, Erika Young is an expert at helping facilities managers get the most out of the platform. Learn more about her role, and why she feels this is a great time for women to get into the dynamic facilities management industry.

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    Bonus Episode: Overcoming Labor Shortages and Supply Challenges

    On this season of the podcast we’ve talked to some of the brightest minds and key voices in facilities management. One theme that ran through almost every episode was the supply chain disruption and labor shortages we’re facing in a post-pandemic world. On this episode, we wanted to revisit this topic and recap some insights on how our guests are handling these challenges.

  • The Unexpected Value of Asset Management
    The Unexpected Value of Asset Management

    But leading multi-location brands have recognized that facilities can be an engine for growth. They know they can’t afford to miss out on the operational performance and revenue gains that come from strategic asset management. Find out why building such a program may be the most important investment your company hasn’t made yet.

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