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Metro Sign & Awning knows business signs are an important, multi-year investment in your business. That's why the signs we build in our New England factory are made of the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, and come with a three-year warranty: triple the industry average! Visit us at http://metrosignandawning.com/?sra=190607.
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Lean Supply Chain Management: What Is It and Why Should You Care?

Lean Supply Chain Management: What Is It and Why Should You Care? | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it
The concept of “Lean,” which is essentially a team-based approach to continuous improvement focused on eliminating non-value added activities or “waste” from the viewpoint of the customer, has been around in one form or another for many years, at least in manufacturing.

Via Beth Cudney
Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

Lean management is something Metro Sign & Awning takes seriously. We implement the concept of Lean into our project management strategies to save our clients time and money. 

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Why Technology is the Key to Brand Loyalty on the Changing High Street

Why Technology is the Key to Brand Loyalty on the Changing High Street | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it
Today’s newspapers are awash with daily stories of retailers having to transform their business models from yesteryear to stay afloat as our high streets evolve and customer habits and expectations change. Recent articles discussing the fate of Mothercare, Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser a…
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Digital signage is becoming vital to businesses as technology is taking over the customer experience. At Metro, we specialize in helping your business with branding through signage. From interior to exterior signage, Metro is experienced in working with a variety of businesses. 

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Sign Regulations to Encourage Creative Design

Sign Regulations to Encourage Creative Design | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it

City planners often turn to resources offered by the American Planning Association (APA) to help them learn about various zoning issues, including how to regulate signs.

Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

At Metro, we know how tricky it can be to meet all the requirements and regulations that signage involves. With flexible and reasonable sign regulations, it's easier to make creative and aesthetically pleasing signs that meet clients' needs. And sometimes, when requirements or regulations seem at odds with good design intent, business or safety, informed discussions with local officials often result in variances. 

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How Digital Signage can Enhance Safety in the Workplace

How Digital Signage can Enhance Safety in the Workplace | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it

Most Workers are familiar with their Employer’s Annual Traditional Safety Meeting. Safety communication isn’t regularly prioritized in the workplace due to its less-than-exciting approach, but it’s now more important than ever for managers to reduce the number of worker accidents.

Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

Safety in the workplace is a major concern with a lot of the clients and projects we work with. By utilizing the latest technology in signage, companies can not only save money but keep their employees safe on the job. 

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What Is Lean Management? An Introduction to Lean.

What Is Lean Management? An Introduction to Lean. | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it

Lean Management is a management philosophy based on the Toyota Production System (TPS). This management philosophy was coined "Lean" only in the 1990s. The objective of Lean Thinking is to eliminate everything that does not add value (i.e. "waste") from the customer's perspective.

Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

Lean management works to add more value and less waste to a company's production system. At Metro Sign & Awning, we implement lean management techniques to make our customers' experience easier and reduce the number of headaches involved in the process. 

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Best Practices in Developing Sign Regulations

Best Practices in Developing Sign Regulations | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it
Sign regulations can be complex and controversial, which is why it’s always helpful to arm yourself with as much information as possible.

Fortunately, the Sign Research Foundation recently released two new resources that can help sign companies communicate with planners and local officials about enacting reasonable sign regulations and ordinances.
Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

We know just how complex sign regulations can be. That's why we take the time to be informed of changing local regulations and ordinances. When we prepare for these regulations, we can avoid hiccups in the sign development process. 

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Five green building trends for 2018

Five green building trends for 2018 | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it
What green building trends do you see emerging in 2018? We asked eight experts and came up with five green building trends.
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As more of our clients are working within the LEED certification requirements we find more jobs specify green materials and the experience of local suppliers. 

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Designing for Human Behavior: Fire…

Designing for Human Behavior: Fire… | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it

"Provide highly visible signage at all points where occupants have a choice in direction."

Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

This article is especially relevant as summer is the festival and concert season. But every day, all year, highly visible signage that communicates clearly is an important safety factor. This is true of both interior and exterior signage. 

 

This article also points out a critical flaw in much design work: too often, products are designed based on computer and cost models and fail to consider human behavior and even basic function. 

 

We understand deadlines and budgets, but in every job, we take time to review designs considering how they will work with the all-important human factor. 

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Signs that serve special purposes... - Metro Sign & Awning

Signs that serve special purposes... - Metro Sign & Awning | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it
Signs that serve special purposes deserve special attention. Whether they incorporate functional aspects or are designed for unique settings
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What is functional signage? Simply, it’s signage that goes above and beyond its basic “job description.” See this short video for a few examples - or call us to discuss your design challenges. You might be surprised at the possibilities!   

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Phillip Tutor: A Whopper of a sign in Anniston

Phillip Tutor: A Whopper of a sign in Anniston | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it
There’s a new Burger King going up in Golden Springs, Anniston’s over-the-mountain suburb. Everyone’s seen it. There’s a giant playground. There are trees and landscaping. I suspect there’s room inside
Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

Here's a whopper of a sign story. The key word, in our opinion, is compromise. The even more important takeaway is that coordinated communication starting early in the design review process should prevent this kind of situation. #FoodForThought

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Celebrating Berlin's Typography, Before It Vanishes

Celebrating Berlin's Typography, Before It Vanishes | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it
A tour of the city's most striking signs.
Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

Ooooh! Typography Tourism? Sign us up!

#SignDesign

#DoubleEntendre 

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ADA, Room ID Signage 

ADA, Room ID Signage  | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it

Designing beautiful branded signage elements, inside and out, is what Metro Sign and Awning is all about.

Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

ADA signage requirements are long and detailed but they leave a lot of room for creative expression! Want to discuss how interior signage can enhance your brand? Contact us! That's what we do! 

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ADA, Room ID Signs Bolster Brands

ADA, Room ID Signs Bolster Brands | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it

Metro Sign and Awning has worked with Waterside Place and many other Boston-area developments to include branding elements in its ADA signage."

Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

ADA signage must meet many design requirements - but because it is a required and highly visible part of interior design, most organizations realize it should also further the corporate brand. Expert designers and experienced ADA signage professionals are as close as a click away. Contact us about your interior signage requirements! 

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Grant to help fund wayfinding signs downtown

Grant to help fund wayfinding signs downtown | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it

A Virginia Main Street grant will pay $10,000 for the city to put up wayfinding signs around the Loudoun Street Mall.

Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

Cities across the country are investing in wayfinding signs in their downtowns. Wayfinding and directional signs can help citizens navigate complicated roads and help visitors find their way. Metro is experienced with creating compliant and effective wayfinding signs for a variety of directional needs. 

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Chicago Tribune - Yorkville looks at signs to draw more people downtown 

Chicago Tribune - Yorkville looks at signs to draw more people downtown  | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it

Yorkville aldermen are looking at renderings for new signs designed to draw more people downtown.

Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

Cities big and small are looking towards signage to help draw more visitors to their downtown areas. Whether it's business signs or directional signage, well-crafted and regulation-compliant signs can help revitalize downtowns and bring new life to a community. 

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Give Me A Sign

Give Me A Sign | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it

Signs and graphics are signs of the times. Times are changing, and so too are signage materials, manufacturing, and, on a very different front, ideas about how signs and graphics can advance a school’s educational mission.

Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

As we gear up for the back to school season, we are working on several different educational projects. Whether it's digital signs, banners, graphics, or ADA compliant signs, signage is an excellent way for schools to meet their needs and goals. 

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Project-Management Solutions for Building Owners and Developers

Project-Management Solutions for Building Owners and Developers | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it

The result of a strong project-management solution is both successful project completion and risk mitigation. 

Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

We know how difficult it can be as a developer to manage several different projects at once. That's why at MSA, we provide project management solutions that result in a successful project completion and risk mitigation. 

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Foundation Announces Freestanding Sign Height Study | USSCF

Foundation Announces Freestanding Sign Height Study | USSCF | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it
The USSCF Board of Directors has funded a new research study by the USSCF intended to investigate freestanding sign height from the perspective of sign legibility and traffic safety. This new sign study will be entitled: The Effect of Mounting Height on On-Premise Sign Visibility and Traffic Safety.  The Foundation has retained the services of…
Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

Optimal visibility,  myriad safety factors, and aesthetics are considered by local municipalities when establishing and enforcing signage ordinances - and because each situation is different, a certain amount of interpretation is to be expected. 

 

Understanding how current research influences National and International standards helps guide signage ordinances - and variances in permitting - at the local level. Being well-versed in industry findings, we can approach permitting and when needed, variance discussions, with the information we need to get the design approvals and permitting needed for our clients' projects.   

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The Number Of U.S. Cities Pledging To Go 100-Percent Renewable Doubled Since Last Year

The Number Of U.S. Cities Pledging To Go 100-Percent Renewable Doubled Since Last Year | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it

"The number of cities that pledged to convert to 100-percent renewable energy has doubled since last year, bolstering hopes that similar state and national policies could soon gain traction." 

Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

As cities start to get on board with the 100-percent renewable movement, more buildings are going to need to be LEED certified. More than 70 cities across the US have already committed to overhauling their electricity use. At MSA, we can see this changing trend with our clients as the demand for renewable resources and eco-friendly designs increase. 

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What is supplier relationship management (SRM)? - Definition from WhatIs.com

What is supplier relationship management (SRM)? - Definition from WhatIs.com | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it
This definition explains the meaning of supplier relationship management (SRM), a comprehensive approach to managing an enterprise's interactions with the organizations that supply the goods and services it uses. SRM involves both strategy and software to achieve a competitive advantage.
Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

How do you select from a variety of qualified suppliers? We look at the specs of each project to find the best supplier for the job.

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How Many Buildings in the World are LEED Platinum Certified?

How Many Buildings in the World are LEED Platinum Certified? | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it
Out of the estimated 6,633 LEED Platinum buildings in existence today (and undoubtedly many more to come), we've highlighted 10 notable buildings that achieved a LEED certification.
Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

We've followed LEED and related architectural and design concepts for years, and always operated with a goal of finding the most efficient operational methods that are effective while having the lowest impact on natural and other resources. Expect to hear more from us on the subject in the coming months. In the meantime, we'd love to hear from our clients and partners, how are you working to make the most efficient use of time and materials? 

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Inflation Is No Match for Amazon, Walmart in the Grocery Aisle - Bloomberg

Inflation Is No Match for Amazon, Walmart in the Grocery Aisle - Bloomberg | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it
Good luck raising prices -- even if the economy is humming.
Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

Going grocery shopping this weekend? Now more than ever, shopping for staples offers a study in consumer behavior. As brand-watchers and followers of buying psychology, we observe known trends and new behavior almost everywhere we shop. What's influencing your sales this year? 

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Sign Ordinance Under Review

Sign Ordinance Under Review | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it

Attend a Planning Board meeting almost anywhere and you may be reminded of the catchy 1970s song lyrics, "signs, signs everywhere a sign." In fact, much Planning Board business revolves around local sign ordinances...and how they are interpreted in light of the US Constitution. 

Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

Signage regulations on the Planning Board agenda again? Decisions made in those meetings often have broad implications.

 

Signage " ... is a complicated issue as it deals directly with the First Amendment of the Constitution and is a result of a ruling in the Supreme Court Case of Reed vs. Gilbert in 2015," this article explains. The court's ruling on the Reed vs. Gilbert case clarified when municipalities may impose content-based restrictions on signage.

 

Understanding how local municipalities enforce signage regulations is one thing; working with local officials to develop and fulfill the community's vision for all types of signage and visual communication is quite another thing. 

 

We've worked in the signage industry for long enough to understand the broader issues and implications that are often lurking behind local signage decisions. Want that kind of expertise on your next development project? Contact us. 

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Promoting the Best of C-Stores

Promoting the Best of C-Stores | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it
For convenience operators who doubt that effective advertising can be done affordably, just show us a sign. By Jim Callahan, Contributing Editor Ever wonder why Many large corporate brands like Coke and Duracell spend millions on advertising? The answer: It works. The convenience store industry doesn’t spend nearly
Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

This article points out how effective signage is, not only as advertising, but also how powerful it can be as a customer service and management tool. Anywhere you can place a sign, you can communicate with your customers. Anywhere? As the article's author says, "Yes, you can utilize available space in your restrooms, where you have a captive customer for a limited amount of time." So - yes, just about anywhere!! 

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Retail Wayfinding Best Practices

Retail Wayfinding Best Practices | Business Signage by Metro Sign & Awning | Scoop.it

The Retail Wayfinding Best Practices report provides an overview of what creates successful wayfinding for consumers.

Metro Sign and Awning's insight:

We might be a bit biased, but we think it's hard to over-estimate the influence signage has on our lives. This excellent research piece highlights how wayfinding signage has shaped our experiences - and our behavior - going back to the 1850 World's Fair. 

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