In a wide ranging interview Lina Bubulyte, Head of Operations at Principled Storage, discusses how the Hertfordshire-based company is tackling the data storage needs of UK businesses with RFID technology, the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the potential for 5G to shake up the market…
Tell us about your company, products and services.
Principled Storage is based in Hertfordshire and has been formed with the objective of supplying a convenient and economical data storage solution which is fully compliant with legislation for companies.
We provide companies in the UK with the ultimate storage solution at the most competitive rates, helping our clients reduce their costs, whilst keeping their documents safe, secure and easily accessible.
Our storage box holds 20% more documentation than any of our competitors. They are made from high-tensile plastic rather than cardboard and are therefore a more sustainable and cost-effective solution to storage. The boxes are robust and are sealed with a tamper proof security tag, hence offering the most complete GDPR product in the UK. The boxes are also fitted with RFID tags and are fully trackable, point-to-point, through the whole process.
At Principled Storage, we recognise our responsibility and obligation to work to reduce the direct impact of our business operations on the environment, both now and in the future.
What have been the biggest challenges the FM industry has faced over the past 12 months?
Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing and health and safety matters;
Brexit uncertainty in the UK;
New legislation, including GDPR.
And what have been the biggest opportunities?
Technological advances, especially allowing people to work from home during the pandemic.
Automation: robotics, building automation systems.
A diverse workforce with widely varied skills and perspectives.
What is the biggest priority for the FM industry in 2020?
Resource optimisation: intelligent planning tools and mobile systems.
Health issues: environmental and workplace health hazards.
Sustainability and eco-friendly products and services.
What are the main trends you are expecting to see in the market in 2020?
Focus on working from home and health and well-being of the employees.
Economic growth and increasing competition.
Sustainability: natural resource preservation, climate, pollution.
What technology is going to have the biggest impact on the market this year?
That could be 5G data networks.
In 2022 we’ll all be talking about…?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR).
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt about the FM sector?
Outsourcing. According to the studies, by 2025 the global outsourced market in FM services will be worth $1 trillion. Outsourcing is increasingly delivering more complex services.
What’s the most exciting thing about your job?
Every day brings new challenges which transforms into new opportunities.
And what’s the most challenging?
Keeping up with technological advances and changes to legislation.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
In the world where you can be anything, be kind.
Peaky Blinders or Stranger Things?
Definitely Peaky Blinders.