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Robotic Valet Parking: Wow! but Whoa!

R2D2 wants to park your car! Numerous transportation news outlets are trumpeting the implementation of a new robotic valet service at Paris' Charles De Gaulle airport. There is some “wow” to this story. Just Google it. Pages and pages of stories fawning over what appears to be a splashy, new advance in automated parking. But if there is some “wow” to this story, there is also some “whoa”. . .Continue reading

Take a Hike: Facility Walkthroughs Are More Than Just Good Exercise

Many managers of mobility operations find themselves lashed to their desks and staring into their electronic devices. Or, they find themselves on-the-go, meeting-to meeting, staring into their electronic devices.

What they’re not staring into, are their facilities.

While the number-crunching, alert beeps from parking and transportation management systems can provide critical customer data, they do not totally convey the patron’s experience or the physical condition of your facilities. For that reason, and for the purpose of protecting your investment, you should consider implementing a regular walkthrough program.

Walkthroughs – Not Just for Exercise

Besides boosting a manager’s health and providing a respite from the cacophony of most mobility management offices, a walkthrough program is a way to formally institute a regular survey of your facilities. Such a program should necessarily involve all levels of management, not just an individual manager responsible for that deck, toll plaza, etc..

While that individual manager should be expected to tour his/her facility informally on a daily basis, and a supervisor of that individual manager might do so on a weekly basis, a walkthrough program provides a more comprehensive checklist approach to assuring that problems are identified for correction.

A walkthrough checklist can be informal,…Continue reading

Free Form Friday: Receipt for Company Property

The “Receipt for Company Property” form is ideal for use in the orientation process for a new employee. However, it can be used at any stage of the employee lifecycle. For example, prior to a special event, items can be issued to the employee, then reclaimed when the employee checks out at the conclusion of the event. The basic concept of the form is simple: “We (the company or organization) are entrusting to your care the following items which we value and either want returned to us upon demand or accounted for by you upon request.”Continue reading
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