05.17
2019

Aladdin and the Path to Success

More than a quarter century ago (Yikes!), audiences worldwide were introduced to Disney’s interpretation of the 18th-century story of Aladdin. The somewhat dark, yet still lighthearted (thanks to a slew of catchy tunes and a slapstick-happy Genie) tale is set to once again dazzle the big screen as part of Disney’s recent trend of reimagining its classics, using advanced technology to cast these age-old stories in an entirely new light.

Aladdin is a magical rags-to-riches tale. Most of you know the story: The title character is tasked with the mission of retrieving an enchanted (unbeknownst to him) golden lamp and, in doing so, he inadvertently releases a mystical, powerful genie who is bound to the unassuming treasure. For freeing the genie, he’s rewarded with three wishes.

With his sights set on the Sultan’s stunning, witty, and street-savvy princess, Aladdin’s first wish is to be elevated from his rather humble lifestyle and transformed into a powerful, successful prince. And the story continues on from there.

We all have our reasons to strive for excellence in the world today, whether it’s for love, like Aladdin, or something entirely different. But you don’t need the help of some magical genie to raise yourself up as you trek the path to success. You simply need a solid business idea, a foolproof plan, and the right tools to help you along the road.

Think of Encore as the genie and its suite of tools as the magic that helps your business realize its maximum potential. You’ve already done the hard work. You’ve established the foundation by launching your business, and you’ve already seen success in your field. Our solutions simply give you an easier way to take this success to the next level by helping you to affordably maximize the efficiency of your processes.

If your field workers are still carting around bulky, cumbersome paper forms to fill out at job sites, think of the benefits from making the switch to our Wireless Forms. First, you reduce the burden of keeping track of all those physical sheets, along with eliminating the cost of constantly purchasing more paper. Decision logic speeds up the filling-out process by helping workers skip unnecessary sections, and back-end processing is further sped up because there’s no waiting around for forms to be hand delivered (Poof! It’s at the office.), nor is there holdup due to confusion from illegible handwriting.

We also make it easy to set up a wide range of alerts that help keep you constantly in the loop. For example, in conjunction with Geofences (virtual boundaries that can be established around various geographic sites), you can be informed if workers are preemptively leaving job sites faster than Princess Jasmine when she hightails it out of the Sultan’s palace. This helps keep your team accountable for their whereabouts. And you can be notified should your costly equipment suddenly vacate the premises, helping to reduce instances of theft.

Speaking of theft, should equipment or vehicles go missing, installing our Fleet and Asset Tracking devices can be the simple solution that stands between a quick, full recovery of your property and you having to head to the Cave of Wonders to replace it.

While our solutions may not exactly be as fantastical as a magical genie erupting from an ancient lamp to grant wishes on demand, they do have their own transformative powers. We barely dived into the plethora of offerings we have here. But we’re standing by to help you discover just how these, and the rest of them, can help bring your business the wishes it desires.

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12.21
2018

Reinventing Disney Classics and Mobile Workforces

The year is almost at an end and, though there is ostensibly no discernable difference between December 31 and January 1, many of us opt to use the New Year to signify new beginnings. We make promises to improve various aspects of our lives and hope that, with the coming year, we can usher in better versions of ourselves.

Likewise, in Hollywood, the creatives behind all the biggest blockbusters are constantly trying to one-up the last hit. Sometimes that involves breathing new life into something older. In 2019, we’ll see the masterminds from Disney reintroduce three of the biggest classics from yesteryear, implementing new technologies that let them retell the same story in a completely new light.

In “The Lion King,” we’ll see Simba as we’ve never seen him before, as though he’s a real, living, and breathing feline. “Aladdin” promises to take us on a magic carpet ride to the mythical land of Agrabah brought to life. And everyone’s favorite floppy-eared, flying elephant is bound to win the hearts of a whole new generation in “Dumbo.”

Now, whether or not these modernized versions of the classics are actually upgrades or not is a subject of contention for many. But the fact of the matter is: Technology today allows the storytellers to dazzle audiences with a new, upgraded look that they simply were not capable of when these films were first introduced.

Likewise, introducing our software to your business allows you to complete the same tasks that you are now, but in a much more efficient manner. And unlike the reimagined movies that are coming to the big screen next year, there’s really no disputing the benefits you’ll see from upgrading to our solution.

If you’re constantly dealing with massive amounts of paperwork, particularly with forms that need to be filled out at each job site, there is so much waste (both resources and expenses) that comes from needlessly using so much paper product. Plus, with decision logic, your digital modules automatically know to skip to certain questions based on your responses, saving your crew time.

Companies with fleets can use our solution to reduce the amount of fuel used. Vehicle monitoring lets management know if drivers are allowing their trucks to idle needlessly, burning fuel that could be saved simply by switching off the engine. Additional driver behavior (e.g. hard braking or accelerating and speeding) is tracked so you can make sure your crew is driving as safely as possible. When they’re following safe practices, there’s a reduced risk in accidents, which can be costly both to your bottom line and reputation.

And when you have employees that work in the field, you can save time wasted by letting them punch in and out from the field, rather than having them come all the way into the office. Plus, with GPS Tracking tied into their time punches, there’s an added level of accountability, since you know they’re exactly where they’re supposed to be when you start paying them.

So while everyone may not be all on the same page when it comes to the reimagining of classic movies, it’s okay; we don’t always have to agree. But when it comes time to reinvent your business, it’s hard to argue with the results.

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05.18
2018

Exploring Disney World’s Behind-the-Scenes Secrets

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, which means families everywhere will be firing up their grills to cook up feasts as they tip their hats in salute to all those who have served the country. This weekend also marks the unofficial start of the summer holiday travel season.

With the kids out of school and the weather universally warmer all over, it makes sense that more people — particularly families — hit the road this time of year. One of the most popular destinations in the country is none other than Orlando’s Disney World. Magic Kingdom alone hosts some 20 million visitors every single year, with the peak season being the weeks that fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

As you traverse the winding paths of the various parks that make up Disney World, imagine for a minute just how much goes into making your experience go off without a hitch. As they say, the devil is in the details; following are just a few of the lesser-known things Disney officials do in order to maintain all of the illusions put forth at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Cookies in the Air
Ever noticed how, no matter where you are in the Magic Kingdom, smells of fresh-baked cookies or popcorn are constantly assaulting your senses in the best way possible? That’s not exactly coming from the food shops scattered around the park. Instead, contraptions called Smellitzers actually pump these scents into the air, evoking a sense of childhood nostalgia in guests. (And they also probably, to an extent, help keep guests in line. Who’s gonna misbehave in grandma’s kitchen?)

Trashy, Trashy, Trashy
Fun fact: When planning the design for his parks, Walt Disney was such a perfectionist, he actually visited other parks to survey guest behavior. One thing he noticed? People will hold onto garbage for an average of 30 steps before dropping it on the ground. As such, you never have to walk more than 30 steps without finding a trash can. Speaking of waste, ever wonder where the detritus from all those daily thousands of visitors goes? Trash is whipped through pneumatic tubes at about 60 mph, transported to a designated location where it is sorted, and then shipped off to a landfill or recycling plant. Talk about efficient.

Keeping the Illusion
Under the parks are a series of utilidors (utility corridors) that are used, in part, to help keep the fantasy alive. The story is that, back in the day, Walt saw a cowboy cast member waltzing through Tomorrowland at the California park and it upset him. (What would a cowboy be doing in a futuristic landscape?) So when the much grander Florida park was being built, he ordered that a network of underground tunnels be built, so “off-duty” characters could get around the park without being spotted in the wrong section.

Book ‘em, Pluto
Unfortunately, even at the Happiest Place on Earth, shenanigans happen. But the last thing Disney officials want is to cause a scene and disturb more park guests than necessary. So when a guest is excessively out of hand, or discovered to be shoplifting, it’s said that security will enter quickly and discreetly escort the perpetrator through one of the many doors leading “backstage.” At that point, they’re kept in a holding room until police arrive, or they may simply be escorted out of the park altogether. Park bans may also result, the length of which is reflected by the severity of the infraction.

While Disney may officially be pretty tight-lipped about many of the secrets that transport guests to a fantasy world, it’s all to help maintain the illusion. All that work behind the scenes is for the benefit of their customers.

Similarly, the software we offer helps businesses complete their tasks by adding a deeper level of efficiency behind the scenes. Your customers don’t necessarily need to know every step you take in order to get from point A to point Z; what matters is that the experience of taking them from start to finish is as pleasant an experience, and with as few hiccups, as possible.

For example, our latest feature — Form Workflows — allows colleagues to collaborate on projects, with different people taking responsibility for various sub-tasks. This creates a seamless transition between workers, complete with the ability to reject tasks if not completed correctly.

With GPS Tracking, office managers can always keep tabs on, say, drivers on the road, so if customers are wondering when their serviceperson is expected to show up, it’s easy to pinpoint their location and give an estimate. Plus, as new jobs come up, the nearest technicians can be assigned, shortening the amount of time before they show up.

And by opting to get rid of paper forms in lieu of going digital, processes are sped up and information is collected much more accurately than when dealing with potentially illegible handwriting.

These are just a small sample of the ways our software can help smoothen out the everyday activities your company does. By making a few changes to your daily processes, you’ll quickly start to see big changes in productivity and efficiency. What’s more is that your customers will also start to notice these improvements, without needing to know any of the changes made to improve their experience with you.

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