• Get Your Drivers Back to Safety for Back to School

    Posted 25 August 2016 by Stacey Papp

    For parents with school-age children, August is a month that means one thing: the back-to-school chaos is high. Parents are either breathing sighs of relief and crossing off the calendar days like they’re prisoners marking their sentence, or sobbing about little Bobby growing up and leaving them (or maybe sobbing about their credit card statement after all the school supplies and new clothes they had to buy). For fleet businesses, this means something else: the need to have drivers be ext...

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  • Your Field Service Workers Are Your Business Card

    Posted 24 August 2016 by Stacey Papp

    Warning: This blog is not appropriate for audiences under 17. Kidding – it totally is. But if you know the film we’re about to reference, you’ll get the warning. If you’ve seen “American Psycho,” there are probably a few scenes that come to mind – it has some pretty unforgettable, uh, parts (get it? like body parts?). If you haven’t seen it, it stars Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, Wall Street investment banker by day, serial killer by night &...

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  • When Disaster Strikes: Creating an Airtight Disaster Recovery Plan

    Posted 23 August 2016 by Stacey Papp

    The late 1990s was an interesting time in cinema history. Not because we were given the next “Citizen Kane” – far from it – but because there was an unusual surge in what are termed “disaster movies.”  “Deep Impact,” “Armageddon,” “Twister,” “Independence Day, “Volcano,” “The Perfect Storm,” “The Core” and “Outbreak” all came out between 1995 and 1999 and featured s...

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    GPS Tracking Isn’t Just for Fleets, It’s for Animals, Too!

    Posted 22 August 2016 by Stacey Papp

    Let’s set the record straight – we love to talk about GPS vehicle tracking! And while businesses with fleets in any industry benefit from knowing where their trucks are and driver’s behavior behind the wheel, they aren’t the only things that benefit from some good old GPS tracking.  Enter the animal kingdom. Thousands and thousands of species of animals walk our planet every day. And while some are cute and others are scary, tracking their behaviors can help further...

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    5 Time Saving Tips to Slow the Clock Down

    Posted 18 August 2016 by Stacey Papp

    When you run your own business, anything is possible. While you wear many hats and have your hand in just as many decisions, your ultimate responsibility is a hefty one – being the master of your own destiny. While the superpowers of being a ‘master’ at anything is alluring, there’s one thing you’ll have to come peace with. And that’s the fact that you can’t freeze time (even though you REALLY want to). If your business loses money, as hard as it may be...

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    That Magic Number: Are You Sending Too Many Techs to the Jobsite, or Not Enough?

    Posted 17 August 2016 by Stacey Papp

    When people talk about what they’d like for a superpower, the ones that usually come up are the ability to fly or teleport, superhuman strength, powers of invisibility and that ilk. The truth is, while the powers we see in the “X-Men” or comic book hero movies would be pretty awesome to possess, there are humbler superpowers that might be handier on a day-to-day basis – you know, during the times when you aren’t out saving the world. Imagine if you could predict th...

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    Stuck in the Middle with You: The Joys & Pains of Being the Middleman

    Posted 16 August 2016 by Stacey Papp

    Depending on the situation and your perspective, there are advantages to being both first and last. In sports and political campaigns, coming in first is always the preference – just ask the Golden State Warriors, Bernie Sanders, John Kasich or any number of other not-quite-winners if they ended up exactly where they meant to (you can probably guess the answer).  But then there’s the urban legend about the “unsolvable math problem” – a college student ove...

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    Practical Office Feng Shui: Tips and Tricks for Productivity and Efficiency

    Posted 15 August 2016 by Stacey Papp

    Being organized is all the rage right now. Think of the myriad personal organizing businesses one can hire to get the house in order (something many of us dream about, no doubt – the idea of having someone else sort through years of accumulated stuff and leave a home looking like it’s on HGTV can be positively spine-tingling), the Chinese philosophical system feng shui, which involves configuring spaces to allow the greatest amount of energy flow, and best-selling author Maria Kondo,...

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    What “Mad Men” Can Teach You about Hiring a Stellar Team

    Posted 11 August 2016 by Stacey Papp

    It’s been about a year since “Mad Men” — perhaps the ultimate workplace show — went off the air. But the show still resonates. The characters had their flaws, yes, but each contributed critical traits to the success of the agency. Putting together your own team of employees is one of the most important parts of owning a business. Each role requires a different and very specific skill set. So how do you make the decisions? If you’re looking for a driver&hellip...

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    Making Communication Breakdowns a Thing of the Past

    Posted 10 August 2016 by Stacey Papp

    What do pigeons, smoke and Morse code have in common? If you were expecting a hilarious punch line, sorry to disappoint you – the answer is that they are all outdated forms of communication.  It’s hard to believe people actually used carrier pigeons, smoke signals and a lot of tapping to get complex messages across, but it’s true – these were valid, valuable forms of communication for hundreds and in some cases thousands of years.  These methods took a lot mo...

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