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Oxford Property Group needed to improve cleanliness while controlling costs at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. They wanted to reduce shoppers’ complaints around the food courts and increase customer satisfaction.
Using Mero’s occupancy monitoring, the cleaning team at Yorkdale is alerted in real-time to high-priority issues, allowing them to efficiently and precisely dispatch cleaners to the right place at the right time. This approach ensures dispensers are fully stocked and customer complaints are prevented.
“ By allowing us to see in real-time what’s being consumed, building traffic and the movement flows of our employees, it allows us to make smarter decisions and understand site-by-site the unique challenges of each building and adapt our workflows to be more efficient. ”
Vice President at Impact Cleaning Services
Food courts, in particular, were a priority, as they're a high-traffic area and a high marker for customer satisfaction. With the daily influx of customer complaints, management knew they needed to make a change. That's where Mero came in.
Mero provided real-time visibility over occupancy and supply levels, alerts, and dispatching to the cleaning team - resulting in faster response times to priority issues and reducing unnecessary trips to washrooms and dispenser checks.
Once their cleaning team fully adopted Mero, the results were swift and all-encompassing.
60 days after implementing Mero, Yorkdale has saved the equivalent of $4016.25 monthly in cleaning costs, cleaners are responding 44% faster to empty dispensers, and consumable waste was reduced by 56%, totaling an ROI of 363%.
Before Mero, Yorkdale's cleaning team stuck to a static schedule - they visited washrooms every seven minutes, whether or not they needed to.
This came at the expense of more pressing matters, explaining the daily occurrence of complaints.
Mero's solution was to implement a smart routing solution that cuts down on unnecessary washroom visits, freeing up time for cleaners to respond faster to high-priority issues.
The system was deployed to the existing cleaning team, and the results were promising. However, Yorkdale Centre went through an RFP process to re-negotiate cleaning services and ultimately chose one of Mero's existing partners, Hallmark Housekeeping, who was already well-acquainted with the system.
Working with the right cleaning partner
Working with such a partner unlocked the full potential of Mero.
The cleaning staff was retrained and re-onboarded, to respond to alerts from Mero's dynamic cleaning system.
The results were undeniable.
In just the first month of deployment, the new cleaning team had a significant impact on the cleanliness and overall customer satisfaction of the food courts.
"This shows the importance of selecting and choosing with the right cleaning partners, one that understands technology and embraces change can result in dramatic improvements within a month or two.", said Nathan, co-founder at Mero.
They are alerted in real-time to high-priority issues, allowing them to efficiently and precisely dispatch cleaners to the right place at the right time. This approach maximizes Yorkdale's cleaning operations' efficiency, precision, and consistency while ensuring dispensers are fully stocked and customer complaints are prevented.
Below is a breakdown of the results after 60 days.
$4,016.25 in labor savings each month
With each visit being an average of 7 minutes long, this saves a total of $4,016.25 each month in labor hours.
18000 fewer people looking at an empty dispenser
56% reduction in critical supply waste
These results are from a pilot project. With Mero's help, Hallmark could scale these results 8 fold given the additional 8 sets of bathrooms at Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
Lessons for property managers
Don't underestimate the power of choosing a cleaning partner who embraces change
On the other end, you have providers who prioritize innovation and have a corporate culture that supports it. They are well-versed in new technologies like occupancy monitoring, dynamic cleaning, and automation, and have the processes in place to effectively implement on-site.
Choosing the latter can have a night and day impact on your operations.After the switch in provider at Yorkdale, most cleaners from the previous teams changed payroll and worked for Hallmark - showing that the very same cleaners working under new management and a different set of values can make allthe difference.
You don't have to wait long for tangible results to show
While some will cling to old habits, circumventing any potential gains, others will educate, get buy and hold site managers, operations managers, and cleaners accountable to act on the data.
This case study shows that with the proper onboarding and training - things aren't so daunting. In just a few weeks, your team can become fully operational and experience faster response times, increase labor efficiency, and reduced supply waste.
Efficiency improvements yield disproportionate savings for retailers
It becomes even more crucial for your team to be focusing its time and energy on high-priority tasks. Visiting restrooms and checking dispensers needlessly can become a real time suck.
Given the higher workload intensity, improvements in efficiency by allocating labor to high-priority issues yield an even greater positive impact in terms of labor hours saved as proven by this case study.
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