TAG: efficiency

GIE+EXPO 2019 roundup

November 15, 2019By
Darrell Hyde shows off Kawasaki Motors Corp.’s new FX 100 EFI engine to LM’s Dan Hannan, Seth Jones, Craig MacGregor and Bill Roddy. (Photo: LM Staff)

Buzzing equipment, handshakes, exclamations of “Hey, how are ya doing?” and notepads with pens at the ready are just a few of the scenes the LM team encountered Oct. 16-18 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky., for GIE+EXPO. With more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, in addition to the demo area outside, the LM team had... read more

Saluda Hill Landscapes: Efficient and proficient

October 13, 2019By
Saluda Hill’s equipment is ready to go every morning so crews can get started quickly. (Photo: Sean Rayford)

Whether it’s at the shop, in the office, on the road or at the job site, Saluda Hill Landscapes in Lexington, S.C., leaves nothing to chance, especially when it comes to streamlining operations. “Efficiency is the difference between making a profit and not making a profit,” says Wendell Furtick, president and CEO of Saluda Hill Landscapes, which provides 60 percent... read more

Are you getting better or sitting still?

October 9, 2019By
Arrows (illustration: iStock.com/fatido)

It’s often said — and often said by me — that what gets measured gets improved. These words of wisdom came originally from the late great management guru Peter Drucker, and they continue to hold true, including and especially when it comes to efficiency. You can tell your team over and over again how important it is to work productively... read more

Operating efficiently before, during and after snow events

May 14, 2019By
McIntosh truck out during storm. (Photo: McIntosh Grounds Maintenance)

Knee-deep in a no-excuse business, snow management companies must find ways to operate efficiently before, during and after snow events. “We only get one chance every one or two weeks to make money, so we have to be spot on,” says Doug McIntosh, owner and founder of Milan, Mich.-based McIntosh Grounds Maintenance, which has performed all-commercial snow services since about... read more

Efficiency Tip: Survey says

October 16, 2018By
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Within a few years of founding Stickle Lawn Care in 2012, owner Cody Stickle realized he couldn’t be everywhere at once. That was when the Hampton, Va., company incorporated a client satisfaction software system called Quality Driven Software (QDS) into its operations. “Being that we’re continually growing, I’m not able to go out and look over every single client’s yard,”... read more

Efficiency Tip: Get paid

August 16, 2018By
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U.S. Army veterans Brian and Kristy Boase are in their second season operating Mil-Spec Lawn Care in Clarksville, Tenn. The husband and wife team recognize it’s difficult to add employees, so for now, they’re remaining a two-person show. Yet, they say they’ve been able to grow thanks to the online invoicing platform they’ve selected: Jobber. They have about 60 maintenance... read more