F.I.T. for an Apple Watch

by Mike Hunter

UnitedHealthcare is adding a new incentive to its popular UnitedHealthcare Motion, a digital wellness program that provides people with access to activity trackers that can enable them to earn up to $1,000 per year by meeting certain daily F.I.T. (measurement of frequency, intensity and tenacity) walking goals. To date, participants have collectively walked more than… [More]

Broadband Carriers: Making Smart Connections?

by Melissa Simpler

Today’s consumer is increasingly connected. Credible analysts report that there are now an average of 10 connected devices per home — and there will be more than 50 by 2020. It’s not just smartphones that are connected: it’s tablets, TVs, smart locks, smart lights, Web cams, environment sensors, security systems, fitness bands, smart thermostats, robotic… [More]

2018 Self-Storage Investment Forecast

by John Chang

Nationally, the self-storage industry is entering a period of maturity as supply-side pressure begins to impact fundamentals. Underlying demand for storage space remains strong; however, aggressive development activity over the past two years is starting to overtake absorption. Moving forward, nationwide vacancy and rent growth may soften amid greater competition, particularly in construction-heavy metros. The… [More]

White Horse Accents the Outdoors

by Mike Hunter

Camelot Homes, a third-generation homebuilder in Scottsdale, has opened three models for White Horse, an iconic new, gated community of 50 half-acre lots representing the pinnacle of Camelot’s 45-plus years of experience in luxury homes. The light, bright and modern homes reflect a true paradigm shift in new home design with more outdoor space, options… [More]

Downtown Tempe Gains Lifestyle Hotel

by Mike Hunter

The Westin Tempe, being developed by Las Vegas-based CAI Investments, has broken ground in the heart of Downtown Tempe. Eighteen stories, with 290 rooms, the multi-million-dollar hotel is planned to feature state-of-the-art guest rooms and corridors, with custom-designed elements and artwork, as well as energy conservation practices. Its more than 14,000 square feet of convention… [More]

Major National Tenant Space for SW Phoenix

by Mike Hunter

With demand for premier, modern industrial space continuing to rise, the Southwest division of Graycor Construction Company has completed 710,000 square feet of shell and tenant improvement space for Prologis Inc., a global leader in logistics real estate. The new space, located within Prologis Riverside Distribution Center and Prologis Park Riverside, paves the way for three… [More]

Middle Market: Economic Clout

By Geri Stengel

There is a reciprocal relationship between middle market firms (businesses generating between $10 million and $1 billion in revenues) and the metropolitan areas in which they operate, as uncovered by the Middle Market Power Index: Best U.S. Metropolitan Areas for Middle Market Firms from American Express and Dun & Bradstreet. Metro areas provide infrastructure and talent that… [More]

Silent Office Productivity Killer: Indoor Air Quality

by Oyvind Birkenes

Employee productivity can make or break a company. Outside distractions like social media and cell phone use instantly come to mind, but there’s an enormous threat inside the office that’s often misunderstood and overlooked: indoor air quality (IAQ). In fact, poor air quality is so detrimental to employee performance that a recent Harvard study found… [More]

Ancient Healing Form Now Health & Beauty Mega Brand

by Mike Hunter

Modern Acupuncture™, a Scottsdale-based franchise concept transforming the alternative medicine market and acupuncture industry, has opened eight locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, North Carolina and Texas since its official launch in August 2016. Seven more locations are currently under construction and scheduled to open in the first quarter of this year, with a total of… [More]

Hot Brick-and-Mortar Franchise: Tech Repair

by Mike Hunter

The uBreakiFix location recently opened in Mesa is the 13th in Arizona for the company and the first for franchisee Shane Sizemore, who plans to open eight additional uBreakiFix locations throughout the area. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and former engineer and corporate pilot, Sizemore opened the store with the help of friend… [More]