05.07
2019

How to Make Moving More Efficient

Life happens, and a new job, higher education, or even just the thrill of experiencing a new city may eventually take you away from your current place of residency. However, the common hassles of moving can put unnecessary stress on your situation, and potentially even make you reconsider packing it up altogether. The process of changing where you live doesn’t have to be difficult though if you follow these simple tips.

Plan your time wisely.

Naturally, anyone who moves typically wants to get the process completed as quickly as possible, but it’s important to come up with a plan that sets a realistic timeframe. If you’re only moving an hour away from your current location, it’s not unreasonable to think that you could be able to get settled in to your new place within just a day of moving and unpacking. However, it’s pretty obvious that the farther the distance is, the more time it will take to move. Make sure you’re able to give yourself enough time, stay productive, and work out any days you might miss from work by clearing them with your current or new employer first.

Transport first, rearrange later.

Another way to make moving more efficient is to worry about simply transporting your belongings from point A to point B before beginning to arrange your new space. This is especially helpful if you own a lot of furniture and need to make multiple trips from your old house or apartment to your new one. Having a strategy of delivering all of your stuff before unpacking it can also help you remain courteous to any family or friends you may have recruited to help you move, because it allows them to have a little bit of their free time back after all of your things have been successfully transported.

Pick the best routes.

A cross-country trek in particular can add significant costs to the mix when you’re trying to move. Gasoline costs and truck rental fees are just a couple of the many expenses to consider when you’re going to live far away from your current location, but if it’s a done deal that you have to cross state lines to get to your new home, try to identify the fastest and most fuel-efficient routes to take. Over the course of multiple hours of drive time, seemingly small factors like traffic, rental times, and delays can negatively impact your moving budget. Before leaving, choose a route that will get you there as quickly as possible, and try to avoid driving through big cities around rush hours to save extra money.

Just like how these tips can help you have an efficient move, Actsoft solutions can assist businesses with keeping their workforces efficient. See how our applications can increase productivity, save resources, and improve the ways that your company moves today.

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02.05
2019

Using Encore’s Manager App While Traveling

At Actsoft, we know what a powerful asset mobility can be to today’s businesses. While you might not be able to be omnipresent at all your company’s different work sites, our flagship solution Encore now has an extra degree of portability with its Manager App tool, allowing you to manage multiple teams from virtually any location. Running an entire organization’s various tasks at once isn’t an easy feat, but it can be simplified with Manager App.

As a solution that’s truly tailored to the needs of a traveling administrator, Manager App brings all your desktop application’s features to the interface of a mobile device. Oversee your dispersed workforce if you’re away from business headquarters, and direct employees efficiently from the tap of a button. Manager App even allows you to gain insight and adjust your workforce on an international scale by allowing you to travel out of the country as needed, while still helping to keep you informed about things that are relevant to your business back home.

Benefits of Manager App

Enhance efficiency by using Manager App to direct while on the go. Unnecessary trips to the office can add up to losses of both time and money, and by taking your desktop application’s features with you, you’re able to reduce these costs and boost productivity. Receive near real-time updates when users fill out forms, optimize routes to job sites, and send out additional personnel to job locations from any position with Manager App. Eliminate the need to be tied down to a desktop computer to access certain features of the Encore application, thanks to the solution’s portability and seamless functionality.

Whether you’re localized or traveling abroad, it’s always important to ensure that operations for your business are continuing to run smoothly. Use Manager App to work smarter, not harder, and efficiently direct your team from a smartphone or tablet while you’re away from the office.

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08.22
2018

ELD: The Future of Transportation

Automation is the name of the game in 2018.

Businesses are increasingly in search of ways to take old, cumbersome processes and revamp them into contemporary forces of efficiency, and transportation companies in particular are a prime example of this trend. Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) are becoming viewed as the true future of the shipping industry as a whole.

Demand for reliable ELD technology stems from the need to standardize the methods in which transportation companies go about complying with federal regulations. The Federal Motor Safety Carrier Administration (FMCSA) has instituted mandates called Hours of Service (HoS) that require corporations to record and report certain information about their employees’ driving data. During roadside inspections, operators of semi-trucks must meet certain criteria derived from their logged information, particularly as it relates to drivers getting adequate amounts of rest. These HoS regulations were designed in part to help improve road safety, and reduce the potential for drivers to fall asleep at the wheel during lengthy cross-country travels.

If a corporation’s drivers don’t comply with HoS mandates, their business risks having to pay costly fines, or even worse: they may risk higher possibilities of car crashes involving employees. Injuries and lawsuits from roadway accidents are two things that all transportation companies seek to avoid as much as possible, which makes ELD an especially valuable tool of the 21st century.

ELD solutions help to improve operations for transportation companies by automating the logging of driver data, making it easier than ever for them to avoid HoS infractions. Our ELD solution is powered by VisTracks, and it relies on a unique software/hardware combination to track driving information. Through minimal training requirements, on-screen documentation tools, and easy-to-use administration features, our solution remains one of the most intuitive on the market.

With Actsoft’s fully FMCSA-certified ELD application, allow your company’s drivers to focus on driving safely and efficiently by digitizing their driving information. Let our solution eliminate the hassles of logging travel data, and in turn increase your team’s productivity, accuracy, and bottom line savings today.

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05.24
2018

5 Must-Visit Theme Parks Perfect for Family Vacations

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, now is the time of year when families begin to pack up their suitcases and take to the road for their annual vacations. And really, this is the ideal time for it. The weather is at its best, the kids are out of school, and most seasonal destinations are finally open and ready for business.

More specifically, it’s during this time that our favorite type of summertime venue opens up nationwide: theme parks. What better way to bond with your family than a trip to some fantastical wonderland replete with thrill-inducing rides, games galore, and all the indulgent food you could dream of?

From a business perspective, with summer getaways comes the issue of coverage, since so many people regularly request to be away from work during this time period. Of course, vacations are extremely important for the betterment of any employee, but you still have a business to run. So how do you manage your workload with just a fraction of your crew?

That’s where our software comes into play. It’s an ideal means of keeping track of who is available at any given time. With the Timekeeping feature, it’s easy to see what workers are clocked in at a glance, so delivering work orders in advance is simple and can be done without question. For last-minute requests that may come in from your customers, simply track which employees are actively on duty at the moment and dispatch assignments according to availability. Or, if you’re at capacity for the day, you can easily manage your customer’s expectations and schedule them at the soonest time possible. And, if your team is responsible for keeping valuable equipment and/or vehicles at home, our asset and fleet tracking capabilities can give you peace of mind while folks are out of town.

Now that you can rest a little easier as vacation season begins, we wanted to share some of our favorite theme parks from across the country. Each one is delivers something different and unique to satisfy any family’s taste.

Cedar Point
Where: Sandusky, Ohio
Who It’s For: Thrill seekers with an affinity for roller coasters
Season: May–October
The self-proclaimed “roller coaster capital of the world,” Cedar Point isn’t just giving lip service with that moniker. The 364-acre theme park is home to a whopping 18 coasters of various intensities, making it a bucket-list destination for any enthusiast.
Don’t Miss: Though it’s over in a flash — 17 seconds to be exact — don’t forgo the high-speed Top Thrill Dragster. The ride launches with instant force, quickly climbing to, and almost immediately dropping from, a height of 420 feet, reaching a speed of 120 mph.

Dollywood Splash Country
Where: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Who It’s For: Anyone looking to cool down
Season: May–September
Whether you want to lounge around poolside after a morning of excitement at the adjacent Dollywood (think: more traditional theme park), or want to keep up with the thrills by going on one of the plunging waterslides, this is the place to go for respite from the intense summer heat.
Don’t Miss: Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, RiverRush seats up to four guests on a single float and carries you along nearly 1,200 feet of track, through dark tunnels, hairpin turns, and steep drops.

Santa’s Village
Where: Jefferson, New Hampshire
Who It’s For: Families whose love for Christmas is year round
Season: May–October
Tucked away in a tiny town in northern New Hampshire’s White Mountains, this is a prime theme park for parents with younger children wanting to get a taste of what it’s like to visit Santa’s home at the North Pole.
Don’t Miss: Little ones will love the opportunity to chat with the one and only Rudolph, Santa’s lead reindeer. This furry animatronic has been a staple at the park for more than 25 years and can actually carry on full conversations. (Or, if you’d prefer the real thing, swing by Reindeer Rendezvous and hand feed live animals.)

LEGOLAND
Where: Winter Haven, Florida
Who It’s For: Lovers of the classic build-it-yourself toys
Season: All year
What child — or, let’s be honest, adult — isn’t a fan of LEGO? At this sprawling 150-acre park, the beloved building blocks come to life through a series of LEGO-themed rides, activities, and even larger-than-life characters roaming the grounds.
Don’t Miss: Want to see what can be done with 32 million LEGO bricks? Stroll through Miniland USA to see giant recreations of famous U.S. destinations, like New York City, Las Vegas, and Kennedy Space Center. There’s even an homage to the classic Star Wars film series, including a replica of the Millennium Falcon.

Hersheypark
Where: Hershey, Pennsylvania
Who It’s For: Chocoholics
Season: March–January
What better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than an entire park built around everyone’s favorite childhood candy supplier? Of course, chocolate can be found around every corner but you’ll also find all the staple rides you’d expect at any theme park.
Don’t Miss: Learn all about the company that is the reason this theme park even exists. Hershey’s Chocolate World is right next door and explores all things chocolate, including the process of transferring cocoa beans into the tasty treats we all know and love. You can even create your own candy bar!

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01.23
2018

Benefits and Reasons for Travel

Whether scaling the frosty peaks of Aspen, Colorado or becoming immersed in the bustling metropolitan life of Shanghai, China, travel at its most basic form is something that can be immensely beneficial to an individual’s well-being.

People’s motives for traveling vary. Some do it to relax or to learn about new things in the form of taking a vacation, while others may need to take trips at certain times for work-related reasons or to see family. Either way, getting tastes of new scenery and being exposed to new cultures by changing your geography can improve aspects of work life and personal life alike. Perhaps the largest benefit of traveling is that it can make you better-rounded as an individual, which can positively reflect workplace diversity and impact the many different relationships you might share with others on a daily basis.

In a business sense, employees and CEOs alike may need to travel for work in vocational fields such as finance or sales, and even different forms of entrepreneurial work may warrant excursions for networking events or other reasons. However, for entrepreneurs, owners of companies, and managers, traveling while still having to manage business back home can be difficult to do if the right resources aren’t being used. Thankfully, Actsoft’s mobile resource management solutions are readily available to help travelers maintain control of their companies while they are away from the office.

Actsoft’s solutions can transition some aspects of your business such as report running to an automated, preset schedule. This makes managing your company an easier task to accomplish. Implementation of scheduled reports ensures that valuable data is automatically sent to the right people in your organization on a daily or a weekly basis, and it can save you time and revenue, especially while traveling.

If the roles are reversed and some of your employees are away on a business trip while you remain back at the office, the wireless forms feature can prove to be incredibly useful. Wireless forms can be used to construct travel expense reports for business trips, giving your employees away from the office the power to document their company-funded spending after every single purchase in real time. The form builder’s Camera feature allows employees to take pictures of receipts, rather than forcing them to manually fill out and calculate each individual purchase onto a handwritten form. This also can keep a clean backup record of all business-paid receipts if some become displaced during the entirety of the employees’ trip.

Traveling can help an individual expand their social, cultural, and geographic horizons, no matter their purpose for doing so. However, for those who travel predominantly for work-related reasons, Actsoft’s wireless forms and scheduled reports technology can combine to make managing business while away from the office as streamlined as possible.

 

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