09.20
2019

How to Reduce Your Fleet’s Carbon Emissions

What do you think is the most important issue facing fleet operators today? According to a recent study, 88 percent of fleet industry experts believe that cutting emissions ought to be a top priority. This should come as no surprise since nowadays there is a strong emphasis on all things environmental. Any way companies can cut carbon emissions is seen as a win, both from a green standpoint, but also many times from a financial standpoint, because it typically means decisions are being made to proactive cut down on wasted resources.

But how do you go about making such a big change? You’ll be hard-pressed to find any business owner that is willingly throwing money out the window and encouraging the waste of resources. So why then is it such a huge issue and what can be done about it?

Depending on your budget, you could make the switch to an all-electric fleet, as we’ve discussed in the past. This is the most straightforward solution when it comes to virtually eliminating carbon emissions created by your vehicles. In fact, retail giant Amazon is so committed to the idea, it recently announced a multi-billion dollar deal in which it will purchase 100,000 electric delivery trucks that will eventually be responsible for dispersing billions of items to their customers around the world. It’s a game-changing move that is expected to be fully implemented by 2030.

Of course, the move to an electric fleet is not exactly feasible for many companies. Not right now, anyway. Very few have Amazon-rich resources to draw from — not to mention, even for such a giant, it will take more than a decade to bring full circle — so the solution for most has to be a little more practical.

That’s where we come into the picture. Using our affordable software, fleet managers can easily establish close monitoring of their fleet vehicles and, using metrics pulled via our easy-to-customize reporting tool, make better-informed decisions that can positively impact fuel consumption. You’ll be able to track driver routes to ensure that the most efficient roads are taken, direct drivers away from dense traffic conditions, monitor how long vehicles are being left needlessly idling, and even receive alerts if drivers are habitually hard accelerating each time they move forward.

All of these behaviors contribute to the excessive, wasteful burning of fuel, but they’re also easy to remedy … if you know about them. Once you have a foolproof way to coach drivers into taking on smarter driving practices, you’ll start to notice an increase to your bottom line and you’ll be doing your part to reduce your company’s carbon emission output. That’s more money in your pocket and fresher air to breathe, with almost no effort on your part.

And this just barely scratches the surface of what Encore can do for your business. If waste reduction is high up on your priority list, we’d love to set up a time to speak with you and show you all that we can do to maximize your potential.

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06.12
2019

Top Reasons to Go Paper-Free

Saving money by going paper-free can mean saving the environment.

Most companies with any kind of foot in today’s world — even if it’s a dial-up foot wearing a 10-year-old computer — knows that paper is no longer necessary. Or, at least, not as necessary as it once was. In fact, if you look at it from Earth’s point of view, it may be the opposite of necessary; it might be downright destructive.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the primary greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted by the pulp and paper manufacturing industry include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O), all contributing factors in climate change. Basically, these GHG emissions accumulate in the air eventually warm up the climate and affect the atmosphere — in the air and on the ground — all around the world.

Because these emissions are preventable, scientists and environmental organizations are working hard to reduce emissions and educate consumers and companies. The Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) is one of those organizations. They’re working diligently to get the word out about what a mess paper is making in our modern world. In fact, it’s estimated that approximately 300 million tons of paper produced each year, resulting in almost four billion trees cut down annually.

John Mancini, president of the Silver Spring, Maryland-based AIIM estimates that if people around the world act then 821,918 tons of paper and 10,958,904 trees could be saved. “That’s got to be worth thinking about,” says Mancini.

Going paper-free is one of the easiest and most effective ways for companies of all sizes to impact the environment in a positive way. And the benefits for your bottom line are pretty good too — many of Actsoft’s Wireless Forms users report savings of hundreds and sometimes thousands each month. From paper costs and storage to streamlining operations and ensuring paperwork is accurate and on time, these savings really add up.

So what’s in it for Mother Earth? Let’s look at some facts:

  • Major greenhouse gases can remain in the atmosphere for tens to hundreds of years after being released. They become globally mixed in the lower atmosphere, reflecting contributions from emissions sources worldwide.
  • Each year more than 20 million trees are consumed for the production of book papers and about 95 million trees are consumed for newsprint.
  • Deforestation is the source of 25 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Over 40 percent of the global industrial wood harvest is used to make paper.
  • Forests that have been cleared and allowed to regrow do not store as much carbon as an undisturbed forest. In one study in Ohio, a forest that was cleared and allowed to regrow for 70 years stored only half as much carbon as a nearby forest that had never been disturbed.

To learn more about how you can replace your paper forms with easy-to-use electronic versions that can be deployed on your smart phone or tablet, call Actsoft today. We’ve helped countless companies make the transition. Let’s get together and create a smarter planet!

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05.10
2019

6 Tips for Going Green at Work

As a business owner, making a conscious effort to incorporate eco-friendly decisions into day-to-day operations has a ton of benefits, outside of the obvious positive environmental impact. In addition, it’s a good look (i.e. it makes for great PR) for any company, which in turn is excellent for business. Plus, most times cutting out unnecessary waste requires little effort (other than a different way of thinking), while simultaneously saving you money.

If you want to take the plunge but aren’t sure where to start, here are a few helpful tips to get you going.

Put it in your mission statement.
Make it official, so it’s no surprise to anyone. When adhering to as many eco-friendly practices as possible is a part of your company’s official plan of action, it’s a draw for like-minded employees, which means it’s a lot easier getting your whole team on board.

Replace your lights.
Energy efficient LEDs cost a little more than your average bulb, but they last a heck of a lot longer and use significantly less energy.

Support local vendors.
If you’re a small business yourself, you know the importance of people showing you their support. When you do the same, you aren’t just increasing the potential for taking advantage of a word-of-mouth marketing strategy; supporting local vendors also contributes to a reduced carbon footprint, since many don’t have to rely on long-haul transportation.

Eliminate disposable products.
Do you have an office kitchen that’s fully stocked with disposable plates, cups, and plasticware? Make the switch to reusable. It may require a slightly more expensive up-front cost, but you’ll be saving money in the long haul.

Make better printing choices.
While we like to help companies drastically reduce paper waste (see below), we know that it’s difficult (if not impossible) to completely eliminate. When you do need to print something out, just make sure to print on both sides of the paper whenever possible.

Enlist the help of Actsoft’s solutions.
You may not realize it, but just by considering Actsoft to help manage your mobile workforce, you’re taking a step toward becoming more eco-friendly. How? Our solutions focus on helping you increase efficiency while cutting costs, and a number of our methods also help you reduce your carbon footprint while doing this. Our fleet management techniques focus on maximizing routes, cutting unnecessary idling, and adhering to safer driving speeds, all of which help you scale back your emissions. Eliminating the need to require each employee to come into the office just to punch in further scales back emissions. Making the switch from paper to digital forms (besides creating far more manageable “paperwork”) dramatically reduces the amount of paper waste you create.

So what do you say? Let’s start saving the planet (and money).

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05.08
2019

The Cost of Idling

We all know that idling is very costly, but is there an actual dollar amount attached to letting a car sit with the engine on for extended periods of time? We found out in a recent case study that idling can cost up to $20,000 per year in fuel for companies with a fleet of vehicles. That’s a lot of money, but if your business operates in New York City, idling could cost you nearly that much in an afternoon. Plus, citizens could be motivated to report when your vehicles are idling.

New York City recently enacted legislation that would pay citizens up to 50 percent of the summons revenue for turning in vehicles in violation of idling. According to an article in the New York Post, the bill stipulates that citizens be trained by the Department of Environmental Protection in order to profit for their help. Citizens would then need video evidence of a vehicle idling to receive compensation.

Under the proposed bill a first-time violation is punishable by warning, but second offenses would be between $350 and $1,500 and subsequent fines could cost as much as $2,000 for vehicles.

However, those fines are nothing compared to the Heavy Duty Vehicle Idling Laws currently in place in the state of New York. Heavy-duty vehicles, including diesel trucks and buses, can be fined from $500 to $18,000 in the case of a first violation after five minutes of idling.

Those are some shocking numbers for fleet owners knowing that one vehicle’s fines from idling can cost nearly as much as an entire fleet may waste in fuel in a year due to idling. With that much money on the line can your company afford to not have a solution for idling?

We can definitely help save money wasted on idling. With our solutions, companies can set up alerts that reports idling in vehicles to stop the habit before it becomes an issue.

These laws in New York are meant to help the economy and your company can contribute by tracking idling and cutting the engine before your business is forced to cut a check. Idling can cost $20,000 a year in fuel and nearly that much per idling offense, now potentially with citizens incentivized to report violations. Don’t let idling cost your company a load of money.

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04.26
2019

Going Digital for Arbor Day

Did you realize the last Friday of every April is an oft-neglected national holiday? It’s true! While you’re not likely to ever find offices closing up shop in observance, Arbor Day is a reminder to everyone to take a moment and reflect on the important role trees play in our everyday lives, particularly in allowing us the opportunity to even exist on this planet.

Between pumping breathable air into the atmosphere, helping in water conservation efforts, preventing soil erosion, producing food, providing us with shade from the sun on a warm afternoon, and way more benefits than we could even begin to list here, we thought it imperative to take a moment to recognize this important day.

We’re so passionate about the preservation of natural resources, we built an entire business predicated largely on the idea of helping other companies reduce waste, including the unnecessary dependence on costly, environmentally damaging paper goods.

Using our Wireless Forms to replace dated, inefficient paper documents is the perfect way for you to easily play your part in contributing to forest conservation efforts. But the benefits don’t stop there. Making the switch to our digital solution also puts money in your pocket. How?

  • All that paper your crew uses for each job, and the ink used to print on it, costs money. When you eliminate the need for so much paper, you eliminate the cost associated with it.
  • With Wireless Forms, you don’t have to worry about errors due to illegibility. Mistakes can slow down back-end processing or create customer service issues, both of which needlessly chip away at your bottom line.
  • Going digital improves efficiency. Forms can be designed using decision logic, meaning you’re automatically guided along all the necessary fields you need to fill out. Plus, attach audio notes and photos for an extra level of detail, and you’re done faster (and more accurately) than ever before, leaving you more time to earn more by taking on additional work.
  • Take advantage of our Barcode Scanning feature and your forms can be used to proficiently track the arrival and departure of inventory. By significantly reducing the potential for human error, you also minimize the risk of lost or unaccounted-for product, which costs you money to replace.

So as you look for ways to improve your business processes, use this day intended to celebrate all that trees give to us, and make the decision to become a more environmentally conscious company while simultaneously seeing an increase your bottom line.

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06.15
2018

Natural Wonders: 5 Refreshing Swimming Holes to Dive Into

As we’ve discussed in the past, it’s our mission to help your business run as smoothly as possible, while also eliminating waste. With the reduction of physical waste, your company can collectively contribute to the betterment of the planet and environment and, in doing so, see better financial returns.

For example, if you have a fleet of vehicles, the last thing you want is for your drivers to be running their trucks with abandon. Idling needlessly burns fuel, thereby chipping away at your bottom line. On top of that, fumes are pumping into the air when they don’t need to be. With our software, you can set up alerts to monitor your drivers’ behaviors and take appropriate action if need be. This way, you’re able to lower your company’s fuel consumption, while also doing your part to lessen your carbon footprint.

To continue our celebration of the natural wonders of the world, this week we’re highlighting the best swimming holes from around the country. These natural bodies of water have a habit of showing up in the most awe-inspiring places, and time and again are served up against spectacular backdrops.

Sliding Rock, Brevard, North Carolina
What better way to kick off your tour of swimming holes than with one that doubles as a waterpark? Just 40 miles southwest of Asheville, this place is less about lazing about in the water all day, and more about a naturally occurring 60-foot-long smooth boulder that doubles as Mother Nature’s waterslide. Visitors patiently wait in line — yes, there is actually a formal queue set up, with on-duty lifeguard — eager to slip across the rock’s slick surface and plunge into an eight-foot-deep pool of frigid water.

Queen’s Bath, Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii
Situated adjacent the ocean, this tide pool — replete with schools of fish and other oceanic critters — is actually a sinkhole that was created when a lava tube collapsed and subsequently filled with water. Queen’s Bath is accessible only after a bit of a hike, part of which includes traversing rocky terrain, so be sure to bring reliable footwear. Year round, this swimming hole is a beautiful and serene excursion, but you’ll want to avoid it in the winter months. From October through May, the surf can be exceptionally severe, making a visit here hazardous.

Homestead Crater, Midway, Utah
Not all watering holes are for cooling off in. This one is located within a 55-foot-tall volcano-shaped cave, formed some 10,000 years ago. The mineral-rich waters below remain consistently heated to a sizzling 90–96 degrees. The manmade entrance into the cave lets you stroll in at ground level, so don’t worry about rappelling down. Once inside, you’re welcome to swim, snorkel, or scuba dive in the sultry waters; you can even sign up for a paddleboard yoga class.

Juniper Springs, Ocala National Forest, Florida
Pack your camping gear for this spring, because it’s located smack dab in the middle of a picture-perfect recreation area, complete with facilities such as restrooms and canoe rentals, so you’ll probably want to book a site and spend a few days here. Hundreds of springs of varying sizes bubble up to form the sprawling swimming hole, surrounded by a canopy of palm and oak trees.

Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks, Alaska
Another that isn’t going to cool you down, the beauty of this one is that it’s accessible year-round, despite Alaska’s bitter cold winters. The intense concentration of minerals here is said to have healing powers; whether you believe that or not, one indisputable fact is that a dip in the pool is beyond relaxing. Bonus: Stay at the resort for a possible late-night glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, the greatest natural light show on the planet.

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06.11
2018

Natural Wonders: 5 Spectacular Waterfalls to See

Here at Actsoft, we’re committed to making sure your business runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. A large part of how we do that is by helping you to reduce unnecessary waste. In doing this, your company can take on even more business and improve its bottom line. Another side effect of this waste reduction — one that we’re quite proud of — is the environmental benefits that come with it.

For example, consider the act of making the switch from paper to wireless forms. If your company averages 10 job sites per day, and each job site dossier is 10 pages, that’s 100 pages of paper each day, from just one employee. That works out to be 26,000 sheets of paper every single year. Let’s say you have 10 employees, that’s 260,000 sheets of paper each year that you’re no longer wasting needlessly. From an environmental point of view, that’s an estimated 3.2 trees saved each year. This might not sound like much, but it adds up. And yours is just one company. Imagine if every company, big and small, made the same effort to ditch paper forms. The impact would be astounding!

To celebrate our passion for the natural wonders of our world, we wanted to showcase some of our favorite Mother Nature–produced splendors. This week, we’re featuring our favorite, dreamiest waterfalls.

Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
We’d be remiss not to lead with arguably the most well-known falls in the world. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site, this is the largest waterfall on the planet. While views of the falls are spectacular from almost any vantage point along the myriad trails that wend their way alongside the falls, the most unique is from something called The Devil’s Pool. This naturally occurring pool sits on the edge of the falls—yes, you read that right—and during the dry season when the water level drops, the brave can actually plunge into the water right at the cusp of its magnificent drop.

Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario
Stateside, this is the cataract everyone is most familiar with. A collection of three waterfalls—the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls—Niagara became the stuff of legends in part to a handful of risk-takers floating over the edge in barrels back in the early 1900s. While that is a thing of the past, the falls are still a spectacular sight to behold. If you’re looking for something super up close and personal, book an excursion on the Maid of the Mist. The scenic boat ride whisks guests into the basin of Horseshoe Falls; you’ll be supplied with a poncho, but plan on getting a bit wet anyway.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
These South American falls are nothing if not a powerful spectacle of sheer magnitude, being comprised of a series of around 275 waterfalls (the number can vary depending on the season), ranging from ferocious beasts to delicately descending flows of water. The average flow of water is a staggering 53,000 cubic feet per second, but at its peak, can soar up to 459,000. It became one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2011 and there’s no question why: in addition to the immense display of power from the falls, you may also be treated to sightings of toucans, howler monkeys, capybaras, and even jaguars, among other wildlife.

Angel Falls, Venezuela
The highest-known uninterrupted waterfall on the planet, water traversing Angel Falls plummets a whopping 3,212 feet from a tabletop mountain into the Devil’s Canyon down below, feeding into the Carrao River. Since the falls are located in a remote Venezuelan jungle, a trip to this spot can only be made by air, so the best way to see it is to book a tour.

Havasupai (Havasu) Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona
At just 100 feet tall, these falls may not be as impressive in size as many of the others found on our list. But the real vision of awe is the dazzlingly blue-green color of the water that cascades over a ledge into an enticingly refreshing, sparkling emerald pool. From there, it continues on to flow into a series of smaller plunge-style pools, beckoning any weary traveler on a hot desert day. If you’re planning to camp around the area, be sure to book reservations well in advance; the falls are located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation, who want to preserve the falls by limiting visitors.

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