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Some Heroes Park Cars

Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021.

By Cindy Campbell

Did you hear?? There’s a new hero in town.

Last Friday, Marvel released their latest superhero movie, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” Now, I don’t want to give away the whole story here, but there is an interesting plot twist: The title character, Shang-Chi, works as a mild-mannered parking valet by day. You read that right–our latest superhero is a bonafide parking professional.

The movie’s main character, Shang-Chi was created by Marvel more than 40 years ago, but this is the first time they’re bringing him to the big screen. The wait appears to have paid off–literally. Box office numbers from opening weekend in the U.S. were phenomenal. AMC Cinemas reported more than 2 million moviegoers over the holiday weekend, the largest draw being for Shang-Chi.

All of this just supports my theory: Parking superheroes really DO exist (but we already knew that, right?).

Cindy Campbell is IPMI’s senior training and development specialist. She is available for customized in-person or virtual training.

Member News: FlashParking introduces SAFEValet

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Elevated trust and safety with a touchless and ticketless valet experience

SAFEValet is a ticketless, trustworthy valet experience that stands up to the demands of our world today, especially during COVID-19. By leveraging the valet technology that FlashParking customers already have access to, this comprehensive solution adds a few key safety features to transform valet operations for new consumer expectations. Ticketless, touchless, and trustworthy.

Putting Parking’s Best Foot Forward

By Matt Davis and Taylor Kim

How many times have you thought about going somewhere only to cringe at the thought of having to park? Parking sets the tone for our experience at a destination; if that experience is a negative one, it can detract from everything that follows. So, how can we create a parking environment that enhances the beginning and end to the user journey?

Lighting and signage can go a long way toward making a garage feel more welcoming, whether you are designing new parking or simply looking to spruce up an existing asset. Adding architectural appeal is another way to make parking an enjoyable experience. Likewise, public art–from painted murals by local artists to large-scale, intricate installations–provides an opportunity for a parking facility to express its identity and connect to its surroundings in unique ways. A public plaza can further integrate parking into the context of its environment.

The parking experience is about far more than aesthetics, however. Parking guidance systems that take the stress out of finding a space, and amenities such as valet can set a destination apart from others around it.

Would you like to see real-life examples of parking that has accomplished this, and more? Join us along with Josh Kavanagh, CAPP, director of transportation at UC San Diego, in Anaheim for the 2019 IPMI Conference & Expo. Our panel, Putting Parking’s Best Foot Forward, will explore the different ways parking can create a transformative experience.

Matt Davis is an associate principal and Taylor Kim is a project manager with Watry Design, Inc. They will present on this topic at the 2019 IPMI Conference & Expo, June 9-12 in Anaheim, Calif. For more information and to register, click here.

Startup Introduces Parking Space-saving Robot

Black Friday shoppers at malls in five U.S. states and Puerto Rico found a new perk this year: A fleet of robots ready to seek out and save parking spaces the old fashioned way–by sitting in them.

MyPark, a Miami company, made headlines this weekend when its robots started showing up in spaces. Users contract with the machines via an app and pay $1 to $3 per hour to have their parking spots saved. The robots are deployed to find a space and park in it, and let the customer know via app where their spot is on the property. The company is selling franchises in Latin America, Europe, and the UAE, and says it’s a cost-effective alternative to valet services.

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