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For as long as companies have had the need for tracking employee hours, the practice of “buddy punching” has followed. If you don’t know“buddy punching” is the practice of one employee clocking in for another so that the other employee does not get caught for being late. This process may seem inconsequential on a small scale, but as the practice becomes more pervasive it costs companies more. Luckily, as technology has advanced this practice has become more and more difficult to execute.  

 

The new FR700 allows companies to track time and attendance in virtually any way they prefer. The system comes equipped with a touch-sensitive keypad, proximity badge reader, facial recognition camera and more. This single machine combines the three most popular methods for tracking attendance into one efficient machine.  

 

Not only does your company have a more efficient machine, but “buddy punching” is eliminated with the facial recognition tracker. Because of the system’s two infrared cameras which perform a 3D verification, the system cannot be tricked by a picture or 2D image. 

 

 In addition to the elimination of “buddy punching”, this system also makes your work environment more hygienic by eliminating the need for every employee to touch the machine on a daily basis. When your company has hundreds of different employees touching a number pad every single day, the attendance tracker becomes the most unhygienic piece of equipment in your entire facility very fast. A single sick employee can have their germs spread throughout rapidly just by tracking their attendance. 

 

Outside of these features, the FR700 supports 500 users per device while having an Ethernet cord to connect to an existing computer network. Additionally, it includes desktop software allowing your company to edit, run reports and export to QuickBooks and other payroll software.  

 

If you believe your company could take advantage of this technology, reach out to us at 501-833-8150 to talk about installing a time and attendance system that eliminates “buddy punching” and unhygienic equipment.  

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by Frank on Nov 14, 2016 at 10:50 AM
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In a lot of business settings, there is a daily or weekly requirement to make a trip to the post office. Usually it involves getting the right postage, weighing the package and ensuring the right class.

Technology has allowed employees and business owners to handle all of their mailing problems without ever having to go to the post office again.

It all starts with your needs. The next level of mailroom technology can cover you for postage meters, folder-inserters, mailroom software, postage scales, address imagers, tabbers, labelers and more.

Once companies learn about the new wave of technology and how it can dramatically improve efficiency, the next question is price and availability.

Each unit varies in one form or another, so it is best to just see the individual products on one page, and choose what best meets your needs.

A good overview of mail solutions for your business can be found here: http://centralbe.com/mail-room-equipment_5015_ct.aspx

Don’t forget about the software that can help improve your billing, business communications and mail issues. Become your own postmaster with FP Postal Manager or analyze all of your shipping data with FP Infoprint.

Questions about the future of in-house business mailing technology? Call Central Business Equipment at: 501-833-8150.

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by Frank on Sep 21, 2012 at 5:08 PM
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In business today, smooth mail center operations must be a given. As an innovative mailstream solutions provider, FP Mailing Solutions offers a full range of mail center products and services designed to create seamless mailing systems.

FP Mailing Solutions is the fastest-growing postage meter company in the U.S., known for exceptional German-engineered mailroom equipment and competitive pricing.

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by Frank on Feb 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM
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US Postal Service LogoLast week notices were sent out regarding plans announced by the USPS to close about 1/2 of their processing plants to save money - with the effect of slowing down some first class mail delivery.

As expected, this created some uproar among users of postal services and calls to Congress to act. The Postal Service today announced a delay of several weeks in the start of implementation of the closings to give Congress more time to enact other reform measures that may enable the Postal Service to reduce the impact of closings on jobs and service standards.

Click here for the news release from the Postal Service. This is obviously a changing situation and we will keep you updated.

It continues to be important that your Congressional representatives understand the impact of the Postal Service on our overall economy and the necessity to give them the management flexibility to continue to survive financially.

You can also view the official News Release from the United States Postal Service here: USPS Press Release

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by Frank on Nov 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM

In today’s competitive world every minute counts...

It is important for a company to have a time and attendance solution to keep them competitive for the future. The Lathem Time Company has been providing those solutions for over 80 years. There are already over a million companies around the world benefiting by using these time clock systems. There are many benefits when implementing an automatic time and attendance system, which make it well worth the investment.

According to the American Payroll Association a company can save up to 10% of their annual payroll cost by automating time and attendance tracking. In the past, manual preparation consisted of the employee punching into a time clock or filling out a time sheet. The problems here are obvious. Also, the person doing the calculation is only human and will occasionally make a mistake. Correcting those mistakes can make this process take even longer.

A study done by The Lathem Time Company proves that an automated time and attendance system reduces payroll preparation time by up to 80%. All the employee has to do is punch in or out each day using a variety of methods, including a Time Clock Terminal (PC400TX), a Facial Recognition Terminal (FR700), Employee or even on individual PCs connected to a network. Employees can also

  • Enter tips
  • View hours worke
  • Transfer from one department to another with the ease of a few keystrokes using a Terminal or PC.
  • Receive custom text messages from the Payroll Department, which display on the screen of the device when they punch in/out.

The Payclock Pro can also be used in conjunction with an automatic door lock to allow access into a building. It is a complete Employee Management Solution!

The employee activity and punch history is pulled into the software. The software will do all the calculations, which improves accuracy. This also eliminates data entry and the software will apply all payroll rules consistently. Applying and enforcing company policy consistency is now possible by implementing an automatic time and attendance system.

There are many key features to the Payclock system.

It can maintain from 25-1,000 employee capacity. Each employee can be tracked in ten different departments with pay differentials. Levels can be broken down by divisions, departments or jobs. Holiday, vacation, sick days and personal time off can also be tracked individually or globally. All of the employee’s personal information including home address, phone number, SSN and emergency contact information is stored in an Employee Master. An employee photo can be added to the Employee Master and there is even a custom field for Employee Performance Review Notes.

The Payclock software offers a wide variety of reports. Some examples of these reports are management reports, payroll reports and attendance reports. These reports create an environment where the employees are more productive and the decision makers are more informed. Managers now have access to information never before available allowing them to oversee the workforce and forecast and prepare budgets with ease and accuracy. The employee also has limited access to their records, which will aid in communication. This information can be exported to a monitor, printed, emailed or transferred into another software program.

The software comes standard with many popular payroll interfaces. Some of these include Paychex, Paylink, ADP and Quick Books Pro. The Lathem Time Company also offers custom Payroll/Accounting software interfaces. Interfacing with a Payroll Service or Software puts the final touches on your payroll by deducting taxes and other things such as child support. These systems virtually handle any payroll application.

There are many reputable companies already using this system worldwide. Alliance Parts Warehouse, McDonald’s restaurants, The Goodyear Tire Company, and even the Tennessee Titans are a few of the companies benefiting from this system. The number of users of these systems is rapidly growing. In order to keep up with the demand Lathem is constantly developing new versions of the software. The end user can feel confident because support packages are available on the software and hardware.

In conclusion, time and attendance automation provides benefits such as reducing payroll costs, increasing revenue and freeing up a managers time to focus on more important company issues. Therefore, by implementing this system a company can take full advantage of the key features and revolutionalize the way payroll is processed. By doing so your company will be able to saving time and money. Stop counting minutes and start counting that money by calling us today for a free demonstration (501) 833-8150.

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by Frank on Oct 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Background:

Prices for most Postal Service mailing services will change on January 22, 2012. Mailing services includes First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services. Prices for shipping services will also change on January 22. We will provide customers the new shipping services prices later this fall.

While actual percentage price increases for various products and services varies, the overall average price increase across all mailing services is capped by law at 2.1 percent, the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

First-Class Mail Highlights:

  • Letters (1 oz.) – 1-cent increase to 45 cents. This is the first increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp since May 2009.
  • Single-piece letters additional ounce rate – unchanged at 20 cents.
  • Postcards – 3-cent increase to 32 cents
  • Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) – 5-cent increase to 85 cents
  • Letters to other international destinations – 7-cent increase to $1.05
  • The second ounce will be free for First-Class Mail Presort pieces weighing between one and two ounces.

Additional Price Adjustment Highlights:

  • The price increase for Standard Mail Letters is slightly below the overall average at less than 1.9 percent
  • A new 3-month pricing option will be available to rent PO Boxes for people on the move and others that need a PO Box for a shorter time period.
  • Delivery Confirmation will be free for several parcel products as the Postal Service continues to make tracking an integral component of parcels mailed at commercial rates.

Percentage of Price Change By Class of Mail:

2012 price changes US Postal Service
*With the exception of Delivery Confirmation and Confirm, most Extra Services prices increase at about 2.1 %. Adding Delivery Confirmation and Confirm services as included services for some parcels results in the overall price reduction for Extra Services.

Role of the Postal Regulatory Commission

The new prices were filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission on Oct. 18, 2011. The Commission has 45 days to review the prices to verify they comply with the overall 2.1 percent price cap for each class of mail. The new prices will go into effect on Jan. 22, 2012.

If you have any questions about price changes for postage, call or email us anytime. Also see more information about postage meters or other mailroom equipment.

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by Frank on Oct 21, 2011 at 12:08 PM
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Document Preparation & Processing Services

The key to success is organization and time management! One of the most time consuming things for many businesses is document preparation and processing (DPP), which is a vital part of any business. Once an idea is conceived it is put in motion to be created and distributed. Making sure that your mail piece gets noticed and is sent to the right person is extremely important. That is why we offer a full line of color digital copiers/printers with various speeds and features that allow you to target your audience and get their attention with vibrant color. 

There are several more steps to this process and anyone who has manually prepared invoices, brochures and other documentation knows how tedious a task it can be. Folding/Inserting equipment can automate a very time-consuming part of this process, by providing an efficient and cost effective way to prepare materials for mailing. By adding a postage meter mailing system you also eliminate trips to the post office and the inconvenience and time it takes to manually process your outgoing statements, billing, marketing pieces and other documentation. Document Management Equipment

Grouping all of these devices together to streamline document workflow provides a true DPP Solution. We specialize in these solutions and offer options to meet both ongoing complex mailroom DPP needs and even simple small business DPP needs. A DPP Solution can allow an organization to get more exposure and take advantage of postage discounts through various methods of presorting and digital USPS services. Let us show you and your organization how to become more efficient and profitable by implementing a DPP Solution. Call us today to learn more (501) 833-8150.

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by Frank on Jun 3, 2011 at 11:16 AM
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Before you sign another agreement with your vendor…You do have a choice when it comes to your mailing equipment.

In business todeay, smooth mail center operations must be a given. As an innovative mailstream solutions provider, FP Mailing Solutions offers a full range of mail center products and services designed to create seamless mailing systems.

FP Mailing Solutions is the fastest-growing postage meter company in the U.S., known for exceptional engineered mailroom equipment and competitive pricing.

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by Frank on Mar 8, 2010 at 8:24 PM
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"Beware of Toner Pirates!"

Shiver me timbers! Although we may occasionally call to make you aware of promotions or other special products, “Toner Pirates” will attempt to attack the most vulnerable people. They use slick pressure tactics to sell you inferior merchandise at extremely inflated prices. These products can cause serious damage to your equipment and void your manufactures warranty. Do not be a victim!

 Here are some tips to help keep these thieves out of your pockets..

1. Know your vendor. Toner Pirates typically operate under generic sounding names like “Office Supply Company” or “Toner Supply Center”. If it is not Central Business Equipment, Inc. then just hang up.

2. Ask for a name and phone number and suggest you’ll call back. Toner Pirates rarely give out this information and often it turns out to be phony when they do. Ask the caller for specifics. 
 
3. Never give anyone other than us specific details about you equipment, such as model, serial number and or meter readings. This is how Toner Pirates set you up for the next call.

4. If you do erroneously accept one of these packages, send it back. Believe it or not, pricing is as much as ten times greater than what we sell the genuine item for.

In most cases your copier toner is already included in your service agreement. The bottom line is to just be smart. You can not trust everyone, so defend your ship! 

Call us anytime if have questions (501) 833-8150.

"Beware of Toner Pirates... Argh!"

 

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