When technology 'push' becomes technology 'pull'

22nd of December 2015
When technology 'push' becomes technology 'pull'

Many new and smart technologies are entering the cleaning market. But is it because of the demand from the end-user/customer or is it because of the manufacturers need to differentiate from their competitors? Rob den Hertog, project manager for the ISSA/Interclean series of exhibitions, writes his latest blog for ECJ.

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Giulio Guizzi publishes book on the history of cleaning

22nd of December 2015
Giulio Guizzi publishes book on the history of cleaning

Giulio Guizzi, co-founder of Italian window cleaning products company Pulex, has published a new book - his fourth covering the cleaning sector. This one is entitled Pulizia Igienica E Sanificazione - La Sporca Storia del Pulito, or Hygienic Cleaning and Sanitation - The Dirty History of Cleaning in English.

The book is currently available only

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Immigration - benefit or burden?

21st of December 2015
Immigration - benefit or burden?

Not so long ago, immigration was welcomed as a godsend to Europe’s burgeoning economies. Since the recession times have changed and jobs are in short supply, yet we are now being asked to soak up a mass migration of people on an scale not seen since the Second World War. Benefit or burden? Hartley Milner considers the likely economic impact

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Giving cleaning staff the WOW factor

21st of December 2015
Giving cleaning staff the WOW factor

UK cleaning company Julius Rutherfoord has joined forces with The WOW! Awards to launch a new recognition programme for its employees.

Many businesses throughout the country now use the WOW! Awards scheme to show that their employees are valued and to help build a culture of service excellence. The awards are designed to improve staff engagement

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Office cleaner is still hard at work aged 92

18th of December 2015
Office cleaner is still hard at work aged 92

Said to be the "oldest member of her union by far" is Hazel Ingram who still works as a cleaner in a New York office building despite being 92 years of age.

Ingram has no plans to retire from 575 Madison Avenue where she has worked for the past 60-odd years. However, this is not because she needs the job. "I just love cleaning - I don't know

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The future of outsourcing

17th of December 2015
The future of outsourcing

Last month ISS, IAOP Nordic Chapter and the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies (CIFS) held ISS Business Forum: the future of outsourcing and perspectives for FM. This took place at what has been called the most effective workplace in the world, according to the Leesman Index - the ISS headquarters in Søborg. In his latest ECJ blog,

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