|By PR Newswire||
|September 23, 2013 06:10 AM EDT||
BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In this post-recession economy companies are forced to maximize value from their full-time employees. One position that is increasingly difficult to justify is the receptionist. Many companies simply cannot afford one and others simply choose to go without. Faced with empty front desks to greet visitors, busy staffers get tasked with figuring out how to connect the visitor and employee. This all too common scenario detracts from employee productivity and is often unsettling for the visitor.
It's a problem that is about to vanish with Receptionist in a Box, a new iPad-based, visitor management system from TextUs.Biz and ArmorActive. "Receptionist in a Box is making the transition from an 'un-manned' front desk, to a cool and efficient visitor management solution, effortless. We have listened to what our customers have been telling us and responded with a product that is as easy to implement as plugging it in," said Ted Guggenheim, president of TextUs.Biz.
It starts with TextUs.Biz - Receptionist, a fully customizable iPad app that is displayed in a beautifully designed ArmorActive, desk-top stand when the visitor enters the office. Instead of speaking with a receptionist, the guest simply uses Receptionist to communicate directly with the person they are visiting. The app uses text messaging and email to deliver and receive instant, two-way communication.
"We have offices in San Francisco, New York and Beverly Hills, and it's important that we greet and engage with every visitor that comes through our doors", said Brian Taniyama, IT Administrator of One Kings Lane. "The Receptionist app has allowed us to maintain a helpful presence at our entrance, no matter what time of day. With the easy interface and interactive messaging, the Receptionist app has helped us keep track of and communicate with our visitors better than ever."
Similar to Square's – Business in a Box, TextUs.Biz has simplified the process of implementing the Receptionist app by offering Receptionist in a Box. A one-click purchase includes:
- An iPad 2 pre-installed with the Receptionist app
- A secure ArmorActive iPad enclosure and desk-top stand (floor stand optional purchase)
- 6ft power cable
- First 2 months of the Receptionist service included
- Free 2nd day shipping
Cost: $999 plus a no-contract, month–to-month service plan after the 2nd month.
"The iPad contained within the box comes pre-loaded with the Receptionist app and enclosed in the pre-assembled enclosure and stand. All you need to do is customize your Receptionist online, upload your contacts, and plug it in!" said Guggenheim.
After the initial two free months, pricing for Receptionist starts at $49 per month for a company with less than 24 employees, and scales up to $249 per month for companies with over than 100 employees. No set-up fee or long-term contracts are required. To learn more about the application, view this introductory video.
Boulder, Colorado based TextUs.Biz was created in 2012 by Ted Guggenheim, Andrew Kimmell and Mike Hickman with one simple mission: to disrupt traditional voice, email and short-code communication channels by unleashing the SMS capabilities of a business' existing landline. TextUs.Biz now offers a suite of SMS-powered applications for businesses. These solutions can now be found in offices, retailers, restaurants and customer service organizations around the world.
ArmorActive, Inc. is an enterprise-level tablet solutions company, providing hardware, software, and mobile applications to customers worldwide. Our team of experts is comprised of some of the most intuitive minds in the nation, which enables us to constantly engineer the highest quality products and provide the best customer service in the industry.