blog 4 mins read December 11, 2023

Better Managed Operating Expenses Can Be the Difference Between a Good Senior Living Community and a Great One

We met with senior living industry expert, Andrew Carle, and discussed best practices for optimizing costs and becoming a great senior living community. How to find that extra 10% for reinvestment into growth and retention.

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blog 5 mins read November 21, 2023

Position Hotel GMs to Win on Costs While Staying Focused on Guest Experience

GMs and regional managers are valuable resources who want and need to focus on guest satisfaction. They often lack the time, data, and experience to efficiently reduce service costs. Four tips for enbling GMs focus on guest experience and growth while ensuring better profitability for your hotel property.

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blog 4 mins read November 20, 2023

Get Ahead of 2024 Bank Fee Increases Now

Get ahead of expected bank fee increases which are expected to be higher than normal in the 10-15% range. Four steps you can take now to keep bank fees in check. Consider a first quarter rate review now to proactively manage against rate hikes.

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blog 4 mins read November 3, 2023

5 Million-Dollar Reasons to Prioritize Utility Management as Part of Your Location Open and Close Process

Rapidly evolving companies that are opening and closing multiple locations often struggle with an effective process to transfer utilities account ownership.  When that happens, utilities get turned off and businesses lose money.

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blog 8 mins read October 5, 2023

The 4 Types of 3PLs and How to Determine Which is Right For Your Business

A whopping 90% of Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. rely on at least one third-party logistics (3PL) provider to help with their logistics needs. This statistic, from an Amstrong & Associates Inc. report shared in Supply Chain Dive, reinforces the value that 3PLs play in all business sectors. 

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blog 6 mins read October 5, 2023

Peak and Demand Surcharges Considerations for Your Holiday Shipping Matrix

2023 will be the fourth peak season since Covid temporarily forced volume surges on the package carriers, and the carriers forced “peak” surcharges on the shipping public. This year, however, the USPS is making a big, albeit late, play by not following FedEx, UPS, OnTrac and other carriers in instituting peak surcharges.

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blog 5 mins read October 5, 2023

FedEx 2024 General Rate Increase: The Key Takeaways

Effective January 1, 2024, FedEx Express package and freight standard list rates for U.S., U.S. export, and U.S. import services, and FedEx Ground standard list rates will increase an average of 5.9%.

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blog 5 mins read October 4, 2023

Technology Meets the Moment: Zero Knowledge in Telecom Blockchain

Zero Knowledge Proofs (ZKPs) will move the industry toward the fully digital NaaS ecosystem that represents the future of telecom. ZKPs help eliminate billing errors, validate that all orders are optimized, and generate significant operational efficiencies and savings for all parties.

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blog 6 mins read October 2, 2023

SLA Automation Project Delivers Big Wins for Buyers and Sellers

Service outages and the service level agreement disputes they trigger are frequent sources of headaches for carriers of all types and sizes. MEF and its member companies are well down the path to automated SLA credit calculations and mutual endorsement within a secure, public telecom blockchain environment. There is extreme value to be had for both buyers and sellers through timely SLA enforcement, namely in the form of productivity gains and improved user experience.

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blog 4 mins read September 26, 2023

Automated, Secure, Timely SLA Reporting Is Finally a Reality

MEF in partnership with SIB’s telecom and blockchain division, is piloting a revolutionary blockchain-based subscription service for automating the SLA reporting process. This pilot is derived from the MEF Wolf Town Accelerator that uses a member-defined open pre-standard smart contract in the roles of buyer and seller respectively.

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blog 5 mins read August 15, 2023

Public Blockchain For Telecom Has Arrived: What It Means for You

You’ve no doubt heard the hype about blockchain. But unless you’re in the one percent of the world’s largest telecommunications carriers big enough to stand up and maintain private blockchain solutions between yourself and your largest trading partners and customers, the reality of distributed ledger technology has always seemed a long way off.

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blog 5 mins read August 10, 2023

When’s the Best Time to Fix a Telecom Ordering Error? Before It Ever Gets Billed.

Unfortunately, that’s not the way ordering has ever worked in telecom. As a result, a staggering 70%+ of telecom invoices contain errors!

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