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Aug


11

Are Robots the Future of Delivery?

Are Robots the Future of Delivery?

The robots are coming! This is not a sci-fi thriller, this is a trend happening all over the country. Autonomous, self-driving robots are being used to deliver food and other goods. There are multiple companies that are either testing robotic delivery or already have plans in place to make it a reality. They are being rolled out amid a larger trend among restaurants to use drones and other automated units as a way to cut down on delivery times and lower costs.

Aug


09

The Rise of the Mobile Business

The Rise of the Mobile Business

The food truck industry has a pretty interesting history. It all goes back to 1691 in New Amsterdam, which is now known as New York City. At that time the city first began regulating street vendors for selling food from push carts. In 1866, Charles Goodnight invented the chuck wagon, which was one of the first completely portable kitchens on wheels. Then in 1936, the Oscar Meyer Weiner mobile cart started rolling out their first portable hotdog cart. So that started the famous (or infamous) New York City hotdog carts that you can find all over the city. The 1950s saw the advent of the ice cream truck and the food carts that would show up in newly built subdivisions and outside of construction sites. In 1974, a Mexican immigrant named Raul Martinez converted an old ice cream truck into the nation's first taco truck, which he parked outside of an East Los Angeles bar. These early food trucks and carts weren’t your modern “foodie” fare. Most of them were simple, grab-and-go blue collar...

Jul


28

Mobile Business Ideas

Mobile Business Ideas

Many of the property managers we talk to want more amenities. We are lucky that in many markets MOBLZ serves that we have seen high growth new startups. In our recent Podcast, we even talked about some celebrities getting into the mobile businesses.

Jul


21

State of the Co-Work Space

State of the Co-Work Space

Co-work spaces are essentially shared workspaces that those perhaps without an office or those choosing to work in a different environment can use as an office space. Of course, being such a collaborative environment where many people gathered, made it nearly impossible to use co-work space during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic eases, we are seeing things return more to normal in the co-work realm.

Jul


14

Pickleball: The New Property Amenity

Pickleball: The New Property Amenity

Some of you may be asking, “What the heck is pickleball?” That’s a great question and as a property manager, it’s something you should know about! It’s a game with a funny name and it has a very high growth rate in participation right now. In fact, it’s considered the fastest growing sport in the U.S. at the moment. It’s also a possible amenity that you can add to your property.

Jul


07

Mobile Service Vendors

Mobile Service Vendors

When it comes to the Mobile Economy, it seems that our minds often go straight to food trucks. While food trucks make up a significant portion of mobile companies, there are many other types of vendors that should be included. In this week's article, we want to focus on mobile services providers.

Jun


30

Rise of the Delivery Apps

Rise of the Delivery Apps

The mobile app space saw huge growth over the last year because of COVID-19-related lock-downs and people often having to quarantine. Now that most lockdowns are lifted, the habits picked up during the pandemic have been sticking around. According to Apple, smartphone apps for grocery, food delivery, and fitness are the fastest growing categories of the past six months, even outpacing news and dating apps, which traditionally have large amounts of downloads. In this week’s article, we’ll explore some of the apps that are being used in this category.

Jun


23

Mobile Amenity Ideas

Mobile Amenity Ideas

In past articles we’ve written articles about amenities that you can bring to your properties to provide a better tenant experience. Today we want to offer some suggestions on some mobile amenities that you may not have thought about yet. Mobile amenities are wonderful for your location because they aren’t permanent and can be changed as trends come and go.

Jun


16

How to Fight Burnout

How to Fight Burnout

As part of our normal course of business, the MOBLZ staff talks constantly with property managers. Over the past 18 months one word that keeps popping up is burnout. It makes sense. We’ve gone through a worldwide pandemic that has shut down operations at many commercial properties and staffing issues mean that many property managers are having to do more work, with less resources in an ever-changing, and unpredictable environment. It’s stressful handling all of that! So, what are some ways to help keep a good staff and keep them engaged?
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