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Technology to the rescue in construction hiring deficit

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

In the UK, BIM technology is an industry standard. January 2016 Blog PictureWhile the US has yet to make it mandatory, a new study suggests that the technology could solve more than one problem. The construction industry’s hiring deficit and resulting labor shortage has been a hot topic for the past several years. The root of the problem has been linked to various factors, including an immigrant downturn and lack of training courses. The National Association of Home Builders’ CEO Jerry Howard called it an epidemic, citing that workers who left the industry after the housing bust still haven’t returned, even those who took on positions in the now-lagging oil business.

According to the chief economist of Associated General Contractors, commercial builders are using technology to bridge the gap and boost efficiency. Construction Dive magazine says that Building Information Modeling offers more than just reduced efficiencies; it’s also enticing to younger workers. BIM incorporates gaming technology which gives a new generation a shot at the satisfaction of “real world” building. Plus, these workers are less hesitant to dive into new software, increasing the likelihood of BIM’s permanent application, and finally contributing to the builder’s overall efficiency.

Partnering with CLC lodging’s logistics specialists is another tech-savvy move that can make your next project more efficient. We offer rooms for your team at rates 20-40% lower than advertised. Find out more at clclodging.com

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Travel Expenditures Result in Increased Profits

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Travel is just part of business for many companies. In industries where crews must be sent to the site to carry out their work, choosing to not travel is simply not an option. For many companies there are alternatives, such as online meetings and video conferencing. However, recent studies suggest that even when alternatives to direct travel are available, they may not be the best option.

A recent study by Oxford Economics clearly indicated that business travel directly leads to an increase in both corporate revenue and profits. The study found that every dollar invested in business travel results in $12.50 in added revenues and $3.80 in new profits.

“This shows that companies need to appreciate the effects of certain types of cost cutting,” says Adam Sacks, managing director of Oxford Economics USA. “The research informs us that when a company reduces its travel budget, it loses both revenue and profits, giving competitors a real advantage.”

The study indicates that if a company eliminated its business travel, corporate profits would drop 17 percent in the first year.

With budgets tighter, a greater emphasis is being placed on measuring the impact of meetings. “There is no reason to have a meeting unless you want the audience to do something differently – sell more, learn more, do more,” Beauchine says. “If you can’t measure whether the meeting led to new action, you will be unlikely to get the same budget again.”

Increasing evidence is mounting about the types of situations that are most effectively handled face-to-face. Group processes and outcomes that require coordination, consensus, timing and persuasion of others are better accomplished up close and personal. Some studies have found face-to-face meetings were most effective for negotiating important contracts and understanding and listening to important customers. Anything with new customers, closing sales, and improving the top line is still best done face-to-face.

When the option is available, travel budgets have historically been one of the first things to get cut when companies begin looking at ways to save money. However, with increasing evidence that travel related budget cuts have such a strong impact on the bottom line, many companies are looking for ways to continue traveling while reducing travel costs. Whether travel is mandatory for your company or you simply do not want to risk losing up to 17% in profits, CLC Lodging can help mitigate the cost and consequently some of the pain points associated with business related travel.

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The AEC Industry and BIM

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is no longer a relatively new process of generating and managing building data to increase efficiency and yield better structures. It is quickly becoming an industry standard and is here to stay.

Over the last ten years, the Architect, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry has been working to integrate BIM technology into the process of construction. The integration of BIM is slowly eliminating many of the impediments that slow the building process. Companies that have embraced the technology are already reaping the rewards.  Older methods that create the biggest roadblocks on the jobsite are being revised and eliminated.  The information that the utilization of BIM provides is significantly more accurate and in-depth. The advent of BIM integrates the entire design and construction team creating a better series of checks and balances and thereby reducing litigious concerns for all members of the team.

In the past, the designer and the builder were more closely tied, often one in the same. Building projects took decades, even lifetimes. Over time, strict divisions of design and construction developed and risk transfer became as important as quality and service in the building industry.

Eventually the AEC industry began creating simple boxes out of rectangular components defined by these divisions. Complexity became too risky. The structure was made of steel and bolted in straight lines by one division of labor. The facades are attached to the structure by yet another and so on and so forth. Dignified guilds with apprenticeships have all but disappeared and been replaced by semi-skilled workers, with less passion and expertise in what they were producing.

Today, the connection between designer and builder is healing through BIM and the design-build delivery method. The ability to model the project and then use that model to manufacture components before delivery to the jobsite is not only introducing art back into process, but it is also cutting costs and time during the building process.

The importance of cost cutting, and accelerated schedules as a function of cost cutting, are certainly here to stay. As a result those in the AEC industry must strive to replace the passion for design without eliminating the cost reductions that have accompanied changes to the industry for the past several decades.

Another change to the AEC industry has occurred, primarily in the past 100 years, and that is the need for architects, engineers, and contractors to travel to jobsites. If you are in the AEC industry then you need every competitive edge you can find. Without a workforce lodging partner like CLC Lodging you are over spending on your hotel expenses. Businesses in the AEC industry that use CLC Lodging regularly save 20-40% off of the Lowest Published Rate at hotels all across the nation. Only CLC clients are eligible for the deeply discounted rates.

Your company will save time and money with the online account that tracks your company’s lodging invoices, an online directory showing more than 10,000 hotels where the card is accepted, and a Lowest Rate Guarantee.

Interested in seeing how your company could benefit from CLC Lodging’s hotel management program? Request more information today.

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The Secrets behind Hotel Fees

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

When you check out of a hotel, you may see additional line items detailing hotel fees. This is not a new concept that has been implemented by hotels. In fact, hotel fees have always existed but within the last few years it is more common to see the fees separate from the room rate on hotel charge summaries. Separating the extra fees from the room rate allows consumers to customize their stay and choose which amenities they want to use and not be charged for amenities they are not using. One thing you can do to prepare yourself is calling the hotel before the stay. Ask what fees they charge outside of the room rate and tax. Asking questions will prepare you for unexpected charges and help you save money. Learn more about hotel fees below:

  • Early check-in and check-out or cancellation fee: You may run into these fees if your lodging plans change at the last minute. As a CLC Lodging customer, when you stay in our network hotels, you can take advantage of 24 hour length of stay and last minute cancellation so you will not experience this fee.
  • Minibar items: Most people know that items in the minibar aren’t free, but you may also run into a restocking fee. Ask the front desk before you grab something from the minibar if you want to avoid these potential fees. 
  • WiFi charges: Many hotels have free WiFi but some have tiered WiFi charges. Check with the hotel on their internet policy to determine if you will be charged to use high speed internet versus basic internet access.
  • Gym fee: There may be a fee for the use of their gym. If you are staying with a hotel for an extended period of time, it wouldn’t hurt to ask for a discount on your gym use.
  • Baggage holding: Some hotels have a baggage holding fee for each bag you want to leave at the front desk.

As aCLCLodging customer, you are only charged for the room rate, tax, and fee when you hand the front desk yourCLCCheckINN card. Any additional fees or charges must be charged separately. This feature gives business owners an advantage of paying for the room rate and not the extra amenities.

Interested in seeing how your company could benefit from CLCLodging’s hotel management program? Request more information today.

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CLC Announces Hotel Locator iPhone app – Coming Soon!

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Workforce travelers and administrators – business lodging with CLC just got even easier. CLC Lodging is proud to announce its Hotel Locator iPhone app – available for free through Apple’s iTunes store in Q4 of 2012. With its hotel search tool using iPhone’s built-in GPS capability to instantly map CLC hotels to a traveler’s current location, CLC hopes to ease the hectic business travel life of many of its customers.

CLC Lodging’s Hotel Locator iPhone app coming soon!

The Hotel Locator mobile app takes full advantage of iPhone technology – allowing users to:

  • Easily search from CLC’s broad network of hotels using current location orcity, address or ZIP
  • Map hotels using GPS technology and get directions in seconds
  • Fine tune hotel searches by distance and rate ranges
  • Toggle hotel search results quickly between a hotel list and map view
  • Filter by breakfast, high speed internet and truck parking
  • View hotel details, amenities and photos
  • One-tap dial to the hotel to make reservations
  • Access CLC’s 24-hour Traveler Support Center support line

An Android version of the Hotel Locator app is in development. It will offer the same features and functionality as the iPhone app and will be available this coming September.

Not a CLC member yet? Call (866) 857-9783 or e-mail: sales@clclodging.com. Smaller companies can receive free membership by using the key code “APPNEWS” during registration at www.clclodging.com or by calling 1-866-857-9747, Option 1.

 

 

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Hotel Rates Rising in 2012

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Hotels are having a record-breaking year – according to Ed Watkins from Lodging Hospitality. According to analyses performed on publicly traded lodging companies, overall revenue per available room (RevPAR) has shown gains at major chains anywhere from 6.8 to 11%. RevPAR is a performance metric in the hotel industry, which is calculated by multiplying a hotel’s average daily room rate by its occupancy rate.

Hotel Rates Rising in 2012

Get control of your rising hotel rates with a hotel lodging program.

This isn’t the only indicator that business travelers will continue to see higher hotel rates and challenging rate negotiations. Business Travel News showed the same results in their 2012 Business Travel Survey. According to Advito, a unit of BCD Travel, the world’s third-largest travel management company, corporate rates are up in the U.S. 5 to 6% and anywhere from 2 to 20% internationally. David Jonas writes that:

“Limited new supply and overall industry performance that is outpacing the general economy, hotel executives said they expect corporate negotiated rates to continue rising.”

What does this mean for the business owner? Is it inevitable that companies must budget more for business lodging and have less room for negotiation? Not necessarily. Informed business owners are looking for money-saving solutions. One option is to use a hotel lodging program for their workforce travel needs. Some lodging programs can get room rates more than 20% below market – significantly lowering workforce travel costs. In addition to better room rates, these smart companies also save on operational costs with efficient processes that reduce time spent on lodging and increase travel policy compliance.

Don’t know where to start? Consider CLC Lodging’s Workforce Travel Solutions. CLC purchased over 10 million room nights last year. That translates to $500,000,000 of negotiating power in your corner. Don’t hesitate – contact CLC today.

 

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Control Your Business Travel Expenses

Monday, May 14th, 2012

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Auditing your company's workforce travel expenses improves the bottom line.

Have you audited your company expense reports or travel policy lately? Many of your fellow business owners are. Mary Ann McNulty of Business Travel News reports that company audits are up, perhaps in part to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) spending debacle. While you can probably rest assured that your expenses aren’t as egregious as the GSA’s, it’s always a good idea to take the pulse of your travel program.

Are your workforce travelers turning in justifiable expenses, or sliding unwarranted expenditures through a loose interpretation of your company’s travel policy? If your answer is: “I don’t know” or “I’m not really sure,” it may be a good time to take a closer look at employee expense reports. You can only manage what you measure.

Do certain trends appear upon analysis of expense reports? Do you notice that employees are staying a little too close to home? Do some expenses look more pleasure, than business related? With data in hand, the next step is to make changes to your travel policy and put additional controls in place.   

A good travel policy is an evolving document that is reviewed annually. It should explicitly identify what is acceptable such as per diem policy, hotel rate range and personal use.  Control hotel prices by limiting hotel types, prices and locations. Describe what receipts are needed for per diem allowances. Spell out the consequences for abuse and enforce them. Controls increase efficiency while limiting unpleasant surprises at the end of the year.

Unsure where to start? With savings of 20-40% on hotels nationwide and in Canada, CLC Lodging provides the service and metrics to improve your travel policy and bottom line. Go to www.clclodging.com for more information today.

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Q1 is Ending – Is Your Business Making Progress?

Monday, March 26th, 2012

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Make small changes to meet your business goals

As Q1 2012 draws to a close, how effectively are you managing your small or independent business this year? Hopefully you’re already on top of your company travel expenses by using CLC Lodging’s savings card program, CheckINN Direct, to save 20-40% off room rates at more than 10,000 hotels across the country.

But here are a few other useful tips, courtesy of Barry Moltz writing on openforum.com, who lists 10 steps to accomplish more during your business day. It’s not rocket science, but everyone can use a timely reminder once in a while.

For instance:

  1. Start your day by completing the two things that absolutely must get done today. Whether they’re hard and unpleasant or you just haven’t gotten around to them yet, do them first.
  2. In fact, get those top two items done even before you check your e-mail, voice messages or social media feeds. If it means coming in a little bit early, it’s worth it.
  3. Just do one thing at a time. Multi-tasking diminishes your effectiveness, so stick with one action or task before you move on to the next one.
  4. Stay off Facebook, You Tube and the Internet in general unless you have a plan for what you want to accomplish on a particular site. Each can be a major time drain, so don’t even start unless you can move out of it quickly.
  5. Have an agenda and stop time for every meeting. You’d be surprised how quickly meetings can move with both an agenda and end time.

These tips will help you accomplish more – and save time – during the rest of 2012.

And, just in case your business hasn’t started saving money with CheckINN Direct’s hotel discounts, find out more about how the program works.

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How Your Company Can Pay Lower Hotel Rates

Monday, March 26th, 2012

 If your company has regular workforce travel, be prepared for what’s predicted for hotel prices for the next several years. A new hotel industry report from PKF Hospitality Research (PKF-HR) this month indicates increased occupancy and continuing rising rates.

According to PKF-HR, here are the specifics that likely will impact your company travel budget unless you’re taking advantage of a low-cost lodging solution like CheckINN Direct

  • 4.1 percent gain in average daily room rates
  • 1.6 percent occupancy increase
  • 5.8 percent gain in room revenue for hotels

 Then there’s the news from Smith Travel Research, which PKF-HR says found that the number of hotel rooms purchased by guests in 2011 set a new record. With demand outpacing new hotel construction, PKF-HR says that “U.S. hoteliers have never enjoyed such an extended period of favorable market conditions.”

 Will Your Company Pay More?

 It all adds up to companies with regular workforce travel being squeezed. Unless your company quickly adapts with a new lodging strategy, it’s likely your travelers will pay more and it could be harder to find hotel rooms.

 There is a simple way to start paying lower corporate lodging rates. Your company can sign up for CheckINN Direct, the hotel savings card solution from CLC Lodging.  Find out how it works, sign up online or by phone and you can start saving tonight.

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Save Money on Workforce Lodging

  With CLC’s CheckINN Card, your company immediately gets rates that are up to 20-40 percent off  hotels’ lowest published rates. That’s less than your company typically can negotiate on its own – and it’s definitely lower than what you’ll find on the Internet.

 Great savings are why CheckINN Direct customers tell us, “At one hotel, I had negotiated a rate of $100 a night. Your rate is $55 plus tax. That’s really noticeable.”

Think it is too good to be true? Well, more than 50,000 small and independent companies already have signed up for CheckINN Direct so they can take advantage of the same low, negotiated rates typically available only to much larger companies.

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Save on Hotel Costs as Gas Prices Climb Higher

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Fight higher gas prices with deep hotel discounts from CheckINN DirectHold on to your wallets – USA Today reported today that gas likely will get back up to about $4 per gallon or more by this summer. Some oil industry experts predict even higher prices in some parts of the country.

Better make sure you’re saving on your workforce lodging with CheckINN Direct to soften the hit on your company travel budget.

 

What You’re Paying for Gas Across The Country

Today’s figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show that gas prices went up all across the country in the past week. It also is up from where it was a year ago at this time, also in every region of the U.S. The nationwide average is a dime higher than it was two weeks ago and a hike of 35 cents from a year ago.

Better News for Diesel Fuel

Diesel fuel hasn’t risen quite as much although its nationwide average is $3.85, up just 0.006 from a week ago. While diesel prices show an increase in most regions of the U.S., there was a slight downward trend in the Lower Atlantic, Gulf Coast and West Coast states outside of California.

Save 20-40% On Hotel Rooms

CheckINN Direct can help you beat the higher costs of fuel as well as the higher hotel rates your employees will be seeing on the road this year. When you sign up for the program, you pay rates that are 20-40% less than hotels’ Lowest Published Rates.

Your company gets the protection of deeply discounted rates that are backed by a Lowest Rate Guarantee. Check out how it can work for you, and know that there are never any contracts or minimum usage requirements.

 

 

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