JANUARY 2012


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Transient Codes:
Veri-Shred's Hardworking Little Heroes

When stopping at a gas station to purchase a bag of ice, you rarely carry the bag of ice to the register with you. Instead, you let the cashier know that you would like to purchase a bag of ice. The cashier scans a barcode at the register that corresponds to “bag of ice” and you're on your way.

This concept is much like Veri-Shred's Transient Codes. Transient Codes are used to capture billing activity for items without a barcode or for material not collected in a scheduled collection container.

Much like the “bag of ice” example above, shred drivers carry Transient Codes with them. These codes scan as Small Box, Large Box, Pound, Additional Bin Tip, Additional Sack, etc.  When a Transient Code is scanned, the shred driver enters a quantity or weight into the scanner of how many of that item they are picking up/shredding.

Operational efficiency, reduced service times and fewer errors - the value of Veri-Shred's Transient Codes are many.

Contact ASI today for more information about Veri-Shred and Transient Codes.


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WebShare provides ASI Users with online webinar training sessions including step-by-step instruction and review of neat features offered by ASI's many records and information management software solutions.

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Veri-Shred Customer Setup
February 1, 2012
10am-11am & 2pm-3pm EDT

InfoKeeper Training
February 15, 2012
10am-11am & 2pm-3pm EDT

Visit the ASI Learning Center for loads of educational and support information available online and onsite.


Upcoming Events

Shred School
February 22-24
April 25-27
Spartanburg, SC

PRISM International Asia Pacific Region Conference
February 27-29, 2012
Manila, Philippines

NAID Annual Conference
March 30-April 1, 2012
Anaheim, CA

PRISM Annual Conference
May 15-May 17, 2012
Las Vegas, NV

ASI Users Seminar
September 12-13, 2012
Cleveland, OH


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What Does the Year of the Dragon Mean for Business?
Scott Bidwell, President/COO

Good luck, money, accomplishment, longevity.

Sounds good right? If Chinese astrology is right, this is what's coming your way in 2012. The Chinese New Year began January 23rd and festivities continue for two weeks. It's the Year of the Dragon, considered the luckiest year in the Chinese zodiac. Dragon years are associated with good luck, money, accomplishment, celebrations, longevity, and success – just to name a few of its attributes. This is also a “Water Dragon Year,” which means a higher flow of communication between people.

Although not a big believer in astrology, I'm willing to suspend judgment and leave the door open for possibilities. I see this as an opportunity to identify ways to bring to fruition some of the traits associated with this, the most powerful symbol of the Chinese zodiac. Take communication between people, for example. An easy way to encourage communication is to plug into the many educational and learning opportunities found within the RIM Services industry.

An opportunity that is of particular value to our ASI user family is the ASI Users Seminar to be held September 12-13, 2012. This year's learning event offers attendees active software learning labs, along with general sessions and panel discussions led by ASI team members and industry experts.

More immediately, we're approaching the busy time of year for industry conferences and trade shows, such as those offered by NAID and PRISM . If you've been an attendee or speaker at any of these events, you're aware of the immense value they have to offer to businesses of any size. If you haven't experienced one of these industry events, this is the year to do so. Andrews Software is also a big supporter of the Shred School workshops offered by Ray Barry. It is truly a learning environment where Ray provides attendees with an extensive amount of knowledge on everything from sales and marketing techniques to shred equipment and operations issues.

Of course, networking at any of these events can be hugely beneficial. I always come away with at least one (usually many) new tidbits of information that add value to my professional life and often, my personal goals.

So "Gung hay fat choy!" (Loosely translated, that's "happy new year.") Enjoy what the coming year has to offer. Remember to harness the strength and power of a dragon and try to attract the good luck dragons bring. If 2012 does fulfill Chinese prophecy, it should be a great year for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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Register today for ASI WebShare Webinars

WebShare provides ASI Users with online webinar training sessions including step-by-step instruction and review of neat features offered by ASI's many records and information management software solutions.

Register today for the next WebShare webinar.

Veri-Shred Customer Setup
February 1, 2012
10am-11am & 2pm-3pm EDT

InfoKeeper Training
February 15, 2012
10am-11am & 2pm-3pm EDT

Visit the ASI Learning Center for loads of educational and support information available online and onsite.

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ASI Users Seminar Set for September 2012

A new year often brings with it a great deal of expectation. There's a sense of fresh opportunity around every corner. The ASI team is excited to offer its software users the opportunity to gather together in Cleveland for the ASI Users Seminar. Held bi-annually, this in-depth learning-centric event is scheduled for September 12-13, 2012 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade.

 

We're busily finalizing this year's agenda which features dual-track computer labs and general sessions for both records centers and shred operations.

Invest in the success of your business by marking your calendar and making plans today to attend this year's ASI user event.

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Now Offering the Intermec CN70

A year ago in January 2011, Intermec announced the CN70 Series of ultra-rugged computers – you can submerse it in water and it will still work. The CN70 is the lightest and most compact of the CN70 Series, and is specifically targeted at applications in field service, logistics, transportation, and such. The CN70 supersedes the CN3 which is roughly the same size and screen size, but the CN3 is based on an older processor, only has QVGA resolution, and is somewhat less rugged.

For these reasons, and because the CN70 is based on next generation architecture, ASI will offer the CN70 as an alternative device for those looking to the future. With exceptional wireless communications, faster processor and improved data-capture capabilities, the CN70 is the ideal scanning device for mobile operations. Intermec has not discontinued the CN3, we are just looking at the future, because we all know technology moves quickly.

Contact ASI today for more information about ASI mobile applications and the CN70 scanner.

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7.5 Must Do's Every Day
Ray Barry

Whether you are a sales professional, business owner, or you wear many hats with sales responsibilities, your typical day is most likely very hectic and very full. It is very easy for all of us to fall into the habit of spending time on menial tasks every day that do not generate any revenue for our business.
In this day and age, we can all get easily distracted by unimportant emails, non-urgent phone calls, or spending too much time “playing” on social networking sites. (Notice I said “playing” on social networking sites, not implementing your social networking strategy!)

In this economic climate, it is important that we work every day on key strategies that will have a direct impact on our businesses and revenue growth. I get asked a lot about time management strategies and where should sales professionals be investing their time every day?

In my opinion, here are 7 “Must-Do's” every day for a sales professional or business owner:

  1. Read about positive attitude or something positive for at least 15 minutes daily.
  2. Read at least 15 minutes daily regarding sales improvement or sales strategies.
  3. Prospect at least 1 to 2 hours every day. What's your preferred method? I hope it's not cold calling! (See SDB Sales Minute titled Cold Calls Suck.)
  4. Network every day! (Industry associations, Referral groups, Shred School grads, Fellow NAID members, etc.)
  5. Meet with at least 2 new prospects a day.
  6. Send at least one thank you card or some sort of “thanks” to your prospect, client, associate, strategic partner, etc.
  7. Plan Ahead and Review Your Goals Daily!

• BONUS Must Do: Speak with at least one client every day. Cultivate the relationship and referrals will be generated!

We all have the same amount of available time -- 24 hours a day. Sometimes it doesn't seem like we do because the most successful people do a better job of “Investing” their time on impactful activities; not wasting it!

This article is reprinted from the Shred School website. Ray Barry is president of Total Training Services, which operates The Shred School in Spartanburg, SC He has helped over 200 document destruction companies grow their businesses. Ray can be contacted at 864-699-8417 or at raybarry@totaltrainingservices.com .

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