Corporate RE & FM Cost Saving Idea You’ve Never Thought Of!

If you’re managing your corporate real estate and/or facilities, then the words: “innovation”, “efficiency”, and “cost saving” are probably on the top of your mind every day at work. Seeking these 3 goals is a never-ending and challenging task.

One way of dealing with this task is obviously by periodically sharing ideas, brainstorming, and consulting with your team as well as with external advisors and experts.

However, there’s another resource you’ve probably haven’t been using, which is immediately available, surprisingly creative, which your corporate is already paying for…

The Corporate Employees
Yes, those whom the corporate real estate and facilities were intended to serve, whom are using them for hours – day by day. Has anyone in the organization ever thought of asking the employees whether any “innovative”, “efficiency” or “cost saving” ideas ever crossed their mind while using the corporate real estate and facilities?

Getting Inspired by the Wisdom of Crowds
When you encourage, reward, and truly enable the employees to unleash their creasiest ideas and even ideas they might consider as “stupid”, then that’s where real “innovation” is getting into the game.

This can be a fascinating process, especially with large organizations with hundreds and thousands of employees.

Fresh and innovative corporate real estate and facility management ideas you’ve never thought of might pop-in, that’s because it comes from a completely new and different perspective – the angle of an employee who understands nothing about RE Management or FM…

How to Transform Ideas into Results?
Is it possible? Has it already been tested and implemented by organizations? The answer is YES. In order to make this nice theory transform into reality you need to implement an idea & innovation management platform in the organization.

Qmarkets developed such platforms – their platforms help clients to tackle a variety of strategic business challenges, including employee innovation, continuous improvement, technology scouting, business transformation, and open innovation.

By Yaron Lavi, Sr. Research Consultant to Corporate Real Estate, FM, and Workplace Dev. Executives
Yaron provides unique research projects in the areas of corporate real estate, FM, and workplace management. Among his top clients: the VP Global Real Estate, VP Global FM, and the Head Architect of a multi-billion-dollar global company (Active in 60 countries, 50K employees, 300 sites, 9M sqm).

Long Term Office Lease or Serviced Office?

Case Study (Real Client!):

Business: Marketing Agency
Size: Growing start-up
Desired location: Central Manchester
Required office: 5 dedicated desks and small meeting room

Minimum terms 5 Years 12-month term with flexibility to extend.
Area Grade A space, 700sf within a multi tenanted building. Grade A space within a professional unbranded business center.
Desks 5 5
Dedicated Meeting Room Will Need Constructing. Ready
Suppliers to manage? YES. NO
Fit out and furniture costs £10,500. £0
Annual cost:
(Rent rates + services)
£46,200 £37,800
TOTAL: £56,700 £37,800


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Facility Manager? 5 Reasons to Start Using Drone Technology

We’ve been searching for innovative technologies for 2017-2022 that might be helpful and beneficial for anyone involved in corporate facility management. We’ve learned that the continuing evolution of drone technology offers quite some innovative and exciting solutions for the world of facilities management.

At the moment most of these benefits are the outcome of unique photography capabilities. Here are just some of these benefits:

1. Assessment of roof status – especially beneficial for multiple facilities with a large roof area. A drone can detect cracks, slate damages, condition of guttering and downpipes, and even condition of objects such as an air conditioner or solar panels.

2. Assessment of hard/unsafe to reach areas – smoke stacks, chimneys, and antennas.

3. Façade inspections.

4. Quick and safe roof measurement tasks – measuring an entire roof or specific areas which single objects are occupying such as an air conditioner, solar panels, etc.

5. Monitoring the ‘behavior’ of any facility – recording detailed facility façade images/videos, in different periods of time, and then comparing the results may reveal unwanted surprises.

RedCamel Solutions Ltd. provides customized online research services for corporate real estate & facilities teams.

Facility Manager? 2 Collaborative Robotics Solutions that will Save you Costs

As part of our continuing research concerning technology trends for 2017-2022, we’ve found that Collaborative Robotics technologies offer various benefits facility managers would want to embrace.

What is Collaborative Robotics?
Cobots (co-robots) are robots designed to collaborate either with other robots or with humans in the same workspace.

According to Grace Market Data this emerging market is expected to witness an exponential growth, with annual shipment and sales revenue from hardware and software growing at more than 42% annually through 2022.

How can it help saving on facility management costs?

1. Alternative to manual dull/dangerous human handling with zero-defect logistics processes and new levels of productivity – auto-packaging of items as an example, already offered by Universal Robots and Sawyer from RETHINK Robotics.

2. Trailer and container unloading robots will assist workers with physically strenuous tasks, again, providing new levels of productivity. FANUC America Corporation Cobots are one example.

RedCamel Solutions Ltd. provides customized online research services for corporate real estate & facilities teams.

Facility Manager? 5 Ways 3D Printing will Save you Costs

(Image by: Roboze S.r.l)

Recently, we’ve been asked by a global facility management team of a large corporate, to help them detect the upcoming hot technology trends in the next 5 years. Then, based on these technologies we’ve been asked to detect products, solutions, and ideas that’ll enable them to quickly cut on their facility management costs.

We found 3D printing to be one of these technologies.

What is 3D Printing?
Creating physical 3D objects from a digital information source which is being ‘translated’ into the process of laying down successive layers of material.

Possible Applications for Facility Management:

1. Maintenance independence – no need to rely on expensive machine parts suppliers (maintenance agreements, pricing changes, delivery costs, paperwork etc.)
2. “Evergreen” machinery – avoiding situations where machine parts are unobtainable due to outdated machines.
3. Printing of metal substitution replacement parts on the spot.
4. Saving shipping costs – reducing the need for parts and goods to be shipped.
5. Reducing spare parts inventory costs – no need for a storeroom, no need to order spare parts in advance, “You need it? You print it”.


RedCamel Solutions Ltd. provides customized online research services for corporate real estate & facilities teams.