In the world of multifamily property management, you, Property Managers, often exhibit a remarkable blend of skills and qualities that might seem almost superhuman. You possess the ability to juggle a multitude of responsibilities, seamlessly transitioning between the roles of diplomat, problem solver, and visionary. Like well-trained superheroes, you remain steadfast in the face of adversity, adapting to ever-evolving challenges with grace and determination.
The team at WithMe is thrilled to celebrate National Property Managers Day on September 23rd each year. National Property Managers Day was established with a singular purpose: to acknowledge and celebrate the invaluable contributions made by multifamily property managers every day. It's a day to honor your unwavering commitment to the well-being of your community's residents and your exceptional ability to deliver results for property owners. As the role of Property Managers continues to evolve, encompassing an ever-expanding range of tasks, you're consistently called upon to embrace new technologies, staying ahead of the needs of your residents. Your effectiveness across all stages of the resident lifecycle, while juggling numerous responsibilities, is nothing short of impressive.
We are proud to partner with thousands of multifamily property managers across the country to deliver elevated resident experiences. Today, let's come together to express our heartfelt gratitude for all that Property Managers like you do…
So, we extend a tremendous "thank you" to you, our unsung heroes, whose remarkable abilities and tireless dedication elevate communities and enrich lives. As a property manager, you embody professionalism, patience, and a profound commitment to enhancing the very essence of home. We hope you enjoy this special day and delight in the festivities we've provided.
If you haven’t seen it yet, we hope you enjoy our feature film: Resident Printer Insanity
Sit back and get ready to laugh with these property management memes we made just for you.
Spend a few minutes finding some of your favorite words in this word search made especially for property managers. Download the full word search by clicking the image below, and easily print it with PrintWithMe.
Find yourself a tall glass and get ready for a delicious coffee beverage that only takes a minute to make – because we all know just how busy you are.
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1/3 cup milk or non-dairy beverage(79 ml)
1 cup ice cubes + some extra for serving, if desired
1-3 teaspoons brown sugar
Brew your coffee. All of our SipWithMe beverages brew in 60 seconds or less -- with delicious, locally-roasted coffee beans.
Add brown sugar and mix to dissolve.
Add ice to glass and pour coffee. If you have a shaker cup, add coffee, ice, sugar, and shake. Ready in under 2 minutes, so you can get back to work.
Speaking of treating yourself, have you heard about our client referral program? It's a win-win situation. By referring another property manager who signs up for our services, you not only save your property $100 but also provide a fellow manager with a $100 credit. It's a wonderful way to give and receive, ensuring everyone comes out ahead. Plus, it's perfectly timed for National Property Manager's Day. Give a little, take a little, and make this day even more special. Discover more here.
In celebration of National Property Manager's Day this Saturday, we're hosting a giveaway on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
Grand Prize: $100 Amazon gift card – your ticket to some well-deserved retail therapy!
Runner-Up Prizes: We've got five WithMe tumblers (valued at $30 each) up for grabs – perfect for sipping your favorite beverage in style.
Entries close on September 25, 2023, at 3:00 PM (Central Time).
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn to see how to enter. Check here for rules.
1- The promoter is: WithMe, Inc. whose registered office is at 440 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611.
2- The competition is open to residents of the continental United States of America aged 18 years or over except employees of WithMe, Inc. and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organization or judging of the competition.
3- There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
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7- Closing date for entry will be September 25, 2023, at 3:00 PM (CT). After this date, no further entries to the competition will be accepted.
8- No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
9- The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
Answer one of the question prompts from our giveaway post on Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn in the comments section of the post.
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11- The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
12- The prize is as follows:
One grand prize winner will receive $100 Amazon gift card. Five runner-ups will win a WithMe branded tumbler ($30 value).
The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
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Multifamily proptech company hires renowned sales leader to support rapid growth.
Chicago - (September 18, 2023) WithMe, Inc. is pleased to announce that Dave Dexter has joined its leadership team as Senior Vice President of Global Sales, bringing extensive sales leadership and multifamily expertise to the organization.
Dexter is an experienced sales leader in the multifamily space. Prior to joining WithMe, he served as Vice President of Multifamily Sales for Luxer One for 3 years. He also spent nearly a decade leading winning sales teams at RentPath.
An ardent believer in the associations shaping the industry, Dexter has proudly served as a member and a leader of multiple multifamily organizations. He has served on the board of directors of the Space Coast Apartment Association (SCAA), The First Coast Apartment Association (FCAA), the Southeast Florida Apartment Association (SEFAA) and as an alternate board member for the Florida Apartment Association (FAA).
Dexter is also a proud member of the National Apartment Association (NAA). He currently serves on the technology committee, but has also been part of the Apartmentalize conference committee.
"It is an honor and a privilege to join the WithMe team," says Dexter. "WithMe’s amenity solutions are truly exceptional, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to further the company’s mission to make life better for property management professionals and residents."
"We are thrilled to have Dave at the helm of our sales team,” says Jonathan Treble, WithMe’s Founder and CEO. “His incredible track record of success, paired with his extensive knowledge of the multifamily industry and his unparalleled leadership skills, will help WithMe continue to grow and become an undisputed leader in tech-enabled amenities.”
Named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America for three consecutive years, WithMe is expanding its sales team to support fast growth. WithMe’s resident printer amenity, PrintWithMe, is currently available in more than 3,500 locations. Demand for SipWithMe, the company’s coffee amenity launched in 2021, has been incredibly strong. SipWithMe is currently available in 22 major markets, and plans for rapid expansion are on the horizon. As a whole, more than 80% of the top 50 National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) property management companies rely on WithMe amenities, and the company’s solutions now serve more than 1 million apartment homes.
About WithMe, Inc.
WithMe, Inc. makes people's lives better every day through convenient, technology-powered amenities for the multifamily industry and beyond. WithMe’s PrintWithMe and SipWithMe solutions make resident printing and coffee simple, helping property management leaders deliver an elevated living experience and meet evolving resident needs for remote/hybrid work spaces, while simultaneously decreasing spend, controlling costs and saving time for staff. PrintWithMe powers printer amenities and staff solutions at thousands of multifamily, cafe and coworking locations across all 50 states. SipWithMe, which is now available in major markets, is disrupting the coffee amenity category. WithMe is an Inc. 5000 fastest growing company, appearing on the list for the past three years. Learn more at www.withme.co.
At WithMe, one of our core values is customer obsession. We routinely survey our clients to not only gather candid feedback about their experience with our amenity solutions, but to gain perspective on the multifamily industry at large.
Our latest survey, which was completed by multifamily professionals representing hundreds of properties across the United States, revealed interesting insight into amenity utilization.
We asked participants to rank the average utilization of several popular amenities at their properties.
The final results may surprise you.
These are the five amenities participants said their residents utilize most frequently:
Our internal usage data corroborates those rankings. In communities with access to PrintWithMe, our resident printer amenity solution, the average unit utilization rate is a staggering 82%
The average unit utilization rate of SipWithMe, our resident coffee amenity solution, is 51.7%. Studies have shown that roughly 66% of the U.S. population drinks coffee every day. So, of the eligible coffee-drinking resident population, SipWithMe is utilized by 76%.
Especially if you are budgeting for new amenities or improvements to existing ones, it’s important to know which amenities residents are actually using. Check out our survey results report for the full ranked list.
Back in 2020, Lincoln Property Company partnered with PrintWithMe to offer all-inclusive printing services to their residents nationwide. Since then, nearly 34,000 multifamily apartment homes have enjoyed the benefits of their national partnership.
"When looking for a printing partner, Lincoln was searching for an elevated amenity for our residents while also providing cost and time savings for our teams. PrintWithMe checked all of the boxes, providing support seven days a week, auto-shipping supplies, as well as making our residents' privacy a top concern. It has provided convenience for our residents while taking our teams out of the printing business.”- Theresa Kaiser-White, Vice President-Asset Management and Procurement at Lincoln Property Company
It’s no surprise that Lincoln Property Managers are choosing PrintWithMe and SipWithMe for their amenity solutions. We’re both dedicated to creating elevated experiences, leveraging tech to make our lives easier, and blending comfort with convenience. With more and more Lincoln properties signing on for WithMe amenities, we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge what we’ve accomplished together so far…
Together, we’ve printed over 2 MILLION pages. That’s nearly 1,000 pages a day!
We helped over 44,000 residents print over 345,000 print jobs. That means we’re helping nearly 20 different residents a day across all Lincoln properties with just printing alone.
Here’s what some of the Regional Property Managers are saying about PrintWithMe:
With an average resident utilization rate of 89%, residents are loving their PrintWithMe. This is what they’re saying:
SipWithMe is our newest resident amenity to hit the market. And together, we’ve already served more than 105,000 cups of coffee (tea, hot chocolate, or another one of the 20+ drink options). That’s almost 200 cups a day! We’ve helped over 600 residents power up every morning.
Representatives from Lincoln rated SipWithMe 10 out 10, citing “ease of use,” “locally roasted coffee,” and “residents’ satisfaction” as the main drivers for their rating. You can see what residents are saying first hand here:
Can you believe how much we’ve accomplished together? Keep up the great work! You’re making residents happier, controlling costs for the business, and making life easier for everyone. 🎉
It’s literally the hottest multifamily amenity trend in Chicago.
And there’s one solution that’s been generating a buzz.
Over the course of 8 months, 1,950 residents enjoyed 22,520+ roast-to-order beverages. And the properties reduced their coffee expenses by 49%.
But that’s just the beginning of the story. Download our full case study to find out how they also elevated their resident experience and saved their staff time and hassle.
Managing new construction in multifamily is an undertaking that comes with a unique set of opportunities and challenges.
With hundreds of critical decisions to be made, the value in onboarding and even using certain amenities during construction can be easily overlooked.
While it may seem daunting to try to select multiple supplier partners early on in a build, the benefits can certainly outweigh the costs.
Let’s take a look at a few of them:
One of the top amenity trends in new construction is dedicated coworking space.
And for good reason.
Upwork estimates that by 2025, an estimated 32.6 million Americans will be working remotely, equivalent to roughly 22% of the workforce.
Your future residents are going to need spaces where they can comfortably work.
One essential takeaway from the e-book is that thoughtful FF&E and design aesthetics are critical in creating great coworking spaces, but technology is non-negotiable.
Where is your money best spent? Here are four smart tech investments:
WithMe falls into that category, offering elevated printing and coffee amenities with perks for residents and on-site teams.
PrintWithMe’s all-inclusive packages make budgeting easy, while outsourced technical support and auto-shipped supplies reduce the burden on property management teams. Residents love having 24/7 access to reliable printing and live support if they ever run into issues.
SipWithMe also boasts budget-friendly, all-inclusive pricing and outsourced technical support. Residents love being able to order 20+ roast-to-order beverages in the comfort of their own building.
You’re going to need a printer and a coffee machine.
Why not maximize your ROI, ensure a seamless rollout and alleviate the stress of lease-up by onboarding WithMe amenities during construction?
Plus, you can advertise that your building will offer free coffee and free printing! And what prospective resident wouldn’t love that?
A deep dive into why tech-enabled amenities are an absolute necessity - and which three areas you need to focus on.
In the fast-paced world of multifamily living, a paradigm shift is underway. According to Lincoln Property Company’s Multifamily Outlook 2023, “renter lifespan” is on the rise. But, so is the level of scrutiny from prospective renters. Renters are dedicating 18% more time and taking nearly 40 steps to meticulously research multifamily homes before they even pick up the phone.
Meanwhile, apartment operating expenses continue to linger at more than 2x their pre-COVID norms. Approximately 20% of this increase in expenses can be attributed to turnover rates – despite historical lows.
So, how do property managers overcome the challenging task of cutting costs while simultaneously captivating and retaining discerning residents?
Technology-enabled amenities are taking center stage in response to these growing trends. And it’s no secret that residents now prioritize smart amenities over traditional offerings, like pools and covered parking lots. In fact, 75% of residents are willing to pay more rent, as much as an additional 15%, for smart homes.
Not only do residents want smart amenities, but so do staff members. They empower on-site teams to automate or even eliminate routine tasks. Thus, tech-enabled amenities have become invaluable allies in cutting costs and delivering impeccable services. But the question remains - which amenities move the needle and spark meaningful change in multifamily living?
Smart amenities are a widely discussed topic in the multifamily industry. You’ve probably seen a few headlines or heard chatter about them at networking events, but do you really know what it all means?
The official definition of a smart home, according to Coldwell Banker:
“A home that is equipped with network-connected products (aka “smart products,” connected via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or similar protocols) for controlling, automating and optimizing functions such as temperature, lighting, security, safety or entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or a separate system within the home itself.”
Applying the same concept to a larger scale, smart apartment buildings are housing complexes that seamlessly integrate tech-enabled amenities, building automation systems and property management into a cloud-based software system. This integration allows these components to communicate with one another and be controlled remotely via the internet, resulting in a cohesive and efficient living environment for residents.
The three primary components of a smart apartment building are connectivity, community management and tech-enabled amenities.
Now that we know what goes into a smart apartment building, let's delve into some examples of tech-enabled amenities that are reshaping the multifamily living landscape:
By embracing these tech-enabled amenities, multifamily properties can position themselves at the forefront of modern living, catering to residents' evolving needs and preferences while streamlining property management operations.
Residents crave more than just a place to call home—they desire an elevated living experience enriched with modern amenities. Just as a smartphone has become an indispensable tool in our daily lives, smart amenities are transforming the multifamily living experience by making it easier and more convenient. Moreover, with nearly 50% of residents spending 30% or more of their income on rent and utilities, they’re looking for ways to get more out of it.
The appeal of tech-enabled amenities to both residents and property management staff is multifaceted:
With roughly 85% of Americans owning a smartphone, smart amenities present an easy and effective way to delight residents. The integration of smart amenities is a natural progression in meeting residents' preferences and enhancing their living experience.
Not only do residents want modern amenities, but they report wanting ones focused on security and convenience. By offering sought-after features, multifamily properties can elevate their appeal and cater to the preferences of their tech-savvy residents.
The demand for tech-enabled amenities is a reflection of the changing needs and expectations of modern residents. As they seek a seamless, secure and connected living experience, property managers have a unique opportunity to leverage smart technologies and delight residents with a living environment that is truly ahead of its time.
The integration of smart amenities in apartment buildings goes beyond enhancing residents' living experiences—it also brings substantial benefits to property managers and owners. One of the most significant advantages lies in the automation of various tasks, which streamlines operating efficiency and results in notable time and cost savings. In some cases, multifamily managers have reported saving over 7 hours of labor per week due to the implementation of smart amenities.
Smart amenities come with sensors that detect and report issues -- sparing property managers from the burden of manual checks. Whether it's a simple notification when a package has arrived or an urgent alert about a leak in a bathroom on the eighth floor, these smart sensors provide invaluable real-time information, enabling swift action and proactive maintenance.
Energy management is another area where smart amenities excel. By setting schedules for building lights, thermostats and other smart features, property managers can achieve large energy savings. Plus, staff members won't have to traverse the entire property to make changes. Smart thermostats and lights can also contribute to reducing utility costs for vacant apartments by an impressive 18% or more. Such savings can translate to tens of thousands of dollars per year, impacting a property's bottom line.
Furthermore, resident retention is a vital factor in increasing net operating income (NOI). The implementation of modern, tech-enabled amenities has proven to be a game-changer. Apartments that have embraced smart amenities have reported a remarkable 59% increase in renewal rates. This impressive statistic underscores the profound impact of smart amenities in creating a captivating and satisfactory living environment, encouraging residents to stay and prolong their lease terms.
As property managers and owners strive to optimize operational efficiency and enhance the overall financial performance of their properties, the integration of tech-enabled amenities proves to be a strategic and innovative approach. The seamless automation, real-time monitoring and energy-saving capabilities of smart amenities not only elevate the living experience for residents but also pave the way for sustainable growth and increased profitability.
You might be wondering, “how can property managers strategically select and implement the right tech amenities?” By understanding the specific needs of their residents and aligning them with the advantages offered by smart amenities, property managers can truly differentiate their properties in the competitive multifamily market.
As the multifamily industry continues to evolve, the demand for tech-enabled amenities is at an all-time high. According to the National Apartment Association (NAA), 54% of owners and operators reported plans to ramp up smart-home initiatives back in 2020. Now, three years into this trend, it's essential for property managers to evaluate their progress in truly moving the needle.
The reality is that simply adding smart gadgets arbitrarily won't lead to a significant impact on your net operating income (NOI). However, if you keep your residents and staff in mind, you can strategically implement the right smart technology.
To optimize the advantages offered by tech-enabled amenities, focus on the following areas:
To get the most out of your amenities, consider your property's specific expenses. Look for low-hanging fruit that can yield the biggest returns. For instance, if electricity and labor costs are a concern, consider implementing smart lights and thermostats throughout the building. If residents are interrupting staff on a daily basis over community amenities that are out of order, then consider tech-enabled devices, like PrintWithMe, that calculate when supplies are running low or out of stock, automatically order more and offer easily accessible live support for residents.
As technology continues to evolve, it's crucial to consider data privacy laws and the vulnerabilities associated with smart tech. Data breaches and privacy violations can have severe consequences, leading to financial losses and reputational damage for property management companies. Property managers and owners should be proactive in implementing robust data protection measures.
One key consideration is the type of data collected by amenities and how it is stored and utilized. Property managers should seek transparency from amenity providers regarding data collection practices, ensuring that residents' information is handled with the utmost care and only used for its intended purpose. Additionally, data encryption and secure storage protocols must be in place to safeguard against unauthorized access.
High-tech amenities can have a profound impact on resident retention. Although not all smart amenities directly drive resident retention, they contribute to creating a superior living experience, fostering resident satisfaction and increasing the likelihood of lease renewals. Consider your resident demographics and common areas used, like coworking spaces.
Although younger residents often have higher expectations for smart amenities, a surprising study found that 65% of residents in their 60s and 70s are also willing to pay more for modern amenities. This highlights the universal appeal of smart amenities, making it essential for property managers to cater to a diverse range of preferences.
To discern which technology-enabled amenities will have the most significant impact for your residents, try surveying them. You can get insights on which amenities are most likely to influence lease renewals by sending out a free Google Form. Provide residents with a curated list of potential amenities, and ask residents to rate them.
The multifamily industry is witnessing a transformative shift as residents increasingly seek the convenience and security offered by smart amenities. As they spend a lot of income on rent and utilities, residents want to get the most value out of their living experience. Smart amenities present a gateway to a more connected, efficient and elevated living experience.
Tech-enabled amenities encompass an array of features designed to cater to the diverse needs and preferences of residents. From keypad entry systems to encrypted, wireless printers, these amenities remove mundane tasks, bolster productivity, promote sustainability and empower residents to take more control over their home. Moreover, the integration of smart amenities is instrumental in driving down vacancy rates, fostering resident retention and ultimately boosting net operating income (NOI).
Smart amenities represent more than just a trend—they are the gateway to a modern, connected living experience that delights residents while optimizing operational efficiency. By embracing the transformative power of smart amenities, property managers can forge a path to long-term success, offering a living environment that is truly ahead of its time. By keeping residents and staff at the heart of decision-making, property managers can differentiate their properties and cultivate an identity committed to excellence in the competitive multifamily market.
At WithMe, Inc., our purpose is to make people's lives better every day. We deliver on that through convenient, technology-powered amenities for the multifamily industry and beyond. Our PrintWithMe and SipWithMe solutions make resident printing and coffee simple, helping property management leaders deliver an elevated living experience and meet evolving resident needs for remote/hybrid work spaces, while decreasing spend, controlling costs and saving time for staff.
Visit www.withme.co to learn more.
According to a report by Multi-Housing News, flexible coworking spaces are at the top of multifamily renters’ wish lists in 2023. And it’s no wonder – more renters than ever are working from home.
In September 2022, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 17.9% of Americans (27.6 million people) were primarily working from home – a staggering increase from 2019, when only 5.7% worked from home.
As remote work and hybrid work models only continue to increase, multifamily property managers have been challenged to act quickly to accommodate residents' work-from-home needs.
In this WithMe webinar, host Jonathan Treble, founder and CEO of WithMe, Inc., brings together a panel of multifamily design and property management experts to discuss lessons learned and best practices for creating amazing coworking spaces in multifamily properties.
During this discussion, you'll learn from the following multifamily professionals:
Along with lessons learned and best practices, we cover:
Catch the full webinar here:
If you haven’t already heard, community printers are all the rage in multifamily right now. With recent mentions in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, forward-thinking property management professionals have turned their attention to this small amenity that is making a major impact on operational efficiencies, cost savings and resident satisfaction.
How Chicago's The Madison at Racine Transformed Resident Printing: A True Story
The following is a success story that highlights how one Class A property in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood made life better for residents and staff alike by implementing PrintWithMe, multifamily's elevated printer amenity.
The year is 2016.
Processing print jobs for 216 apartment homes is no small feat, and it has become a heavy burden for the property management team to bear.
Residents are growing increasingly frustrated at the amount of time it is taking for the staff to print their documents, and they are also aggravated by the fact that they are only able to print during leasing office hours.
In a building with top-tier amenities - including a fitness center with skyline views, an outdoor rooftop sundeck, concierge service and functional work spaces - this antiquated approach to printing makes zero sense.
After two years of printing insanity, the management team has finally had enough. They reach out to WithMe for help.
Installing a PrintWithMe device completely changed the game for everyone at The Madison at Racine. And it didn’t just fill a need. It offered an experience that complemented the superior quality of all of the other amenities the residents had come to know and love.
To this day, residents at The Madison at Racine enjoy having the ability to print from anywhere, any time, from any wireless device. And because of PrintWithMe’s advanced data security protocols, they no longer have to worry about how their personal information is being handled or used.
Residents aren’t the only ones who have benefited. Thanks to having access to live support 7 days a week, the staff no longer has to handle printer troubleshooting and repair. Thanks to having paper and toner automatically shipped to their door, they no longer have to make trips to the store. Thanks to all-inclusive pricing, their budgeting is hassle-free. And thanks to PrintWithMe’s advanced security features, they have one less vulnerability to worry about as data privacy legislation rolls out.
Since installation, 820 residents have printed 35,853 pages with an 8/10 satisfaction rating. Who knew a printer could have such an impact?!
If it’s time to level up your resident printing, let’s talk!
As of May 2023, 11.9% of full-time employees in the United States were exclusively working from home. Another 29.4% were working in hybrid models.
Upwork estimates that by 2025, an estimated 32.6 million Americans will be working remotely, equivalent to roughly 22% of the workforce.
The numbers don’t lie. Remote work is here to stay.
So what does this mean for the multifamily industry? It means residents will continue to need more places where they can comfortably and efficiently conduct business.
Chicago is no exception. Tamina Sheikh, senior regional property manager at Chicago’s Lincoln Property Company, says, “In my properties, we see a revolving door in common spaces. It’s not the same people every single day, but I would say, on any given day, it’s about 20 - 30% of the property that is working from home.”
To cope with this increased demand for remote work space, multifamily property residents have started getting creative with where they conduct business (think golf simulators and mail rooms). This is forcing properties to create flexible communal spaces that are comfortable for both work and recreation.
According to Sheikh, “I think it’s still very important to have robust amenity offerings, but it’s also crucial to think through how somebody might work from each of those individualized spaces. Because they will.”
How exactly are properties making existing amenity spaces flexible? Here are three examples:
As a more permanent solution to the need for dedicated coworking spaces, many properties are investing in full retrofits of outdated business centers or underutilized amenity spaces (theaters are a common one).
If a retrofit is in your future, consider these key investments as you build your budget:
Thoughtful FF&E and design aesthetics are critical in creating great coworking spaces, but technology is, frankly, non-negotiable. Where is your money best spent? Here are four smart investments:
To help reduce the burden of vendor management, it’s advantageous to work with platform companies that offer multiple solutions.
WithMe falls into that category, offering elevated printing and coffee amenities with perks for residents and on-site teams.
PrintWithMe’s all-inclusive packages make budgeting easy, while outsourced technical support and auto-shipped supplies reduce the burden on property management teams. Residents love having 24/7 access to reliable printing and live support if they ever run into issues. It’s been a huge hit at The Paragon in South Loop.
SipWithMe also boasts budget-friendly, all-inclusive pricing and outsourced technical support. Residents love being able to order 20+ roast-to-order beverages in the comfort of their own building.. Not only has SipWithMe helped to elevate the resident experience at 6 Class A properties in Chicago, it’s also reduced their coffee expenses by 49%!
When you’re ready to invest in elevated printer and coffee amenities for your remote workers (and the rest of your deserving residents), click here to schedule a conversation with us!