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The Paperless Office

As a limo and car service, the nature of our business tends to leave a larger carbon footprint then others. While we take great measures in making sure our vehicles are as fuel efficient as possible through a rigid maintenance program, big body sedans and SUV's are still a drag on the environment no matter how you look at it. 

In order to try and mitigate some of these effects and reduce our footprint, we have decided to push forward with a "paperless office" initiative. Our goal is to completely eliminate our use of paper all together.

We will accomplish this by: 

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  1. Requesting e-docs from all of our associates, colleagues, and vendors.
  2. Utilizing document scanners to store all of our existing paper electronically. 
  3. Converting all ongoing paper correspondence into e-mail. 
  4. Faxed in documents will be transmitted through an "e-fax" service like TrustFax. 
  5. Current paper documents such as employment applications and credit authorization forms will all be completed using PDF programs and Adobe EchoSign technologies.

Read on below to see some of the statistics from epa.gov: 

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Cutting trees that release oxygen for our environment

  • Energy usage and release of harmful gases in pulp and paper industry
  • Fuel consumption by air, rail, and road transport distributing reams of paper
  • Fuel consumption sending paper documents via ground & air courier services
  • Manufacturing printers, ink and toner cartridges

Consider the following facts about the paper and ink industry:

  • Paper consumption has tripled since 1960 and Americans generate 85 million tons of paper into the waste stream
  • The U.S. pulp and paper industry is the 2nd largest consumer of energy
  • EPA estimates that more than 400 million ink and 100 million toner cartridges end up in landfills each year
  • The average U.S. officer worker prints 10,000 pages per year

Consider the environmental impact of just 10 million pages:

  • 2,500 trees
  • 56,000 gallons of oil
  • 450 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 595,000 KW (kilowatts) of energy 

   (Data Source: www.epa.gov)

If you're in business, or you're just curious about how you can help and you'd like to become a part of the paperless movement, check out YouTube.com for some great how-to videos on what it takes to get started! De-cluttering is a great feeling!!

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What time should you get to the Airport?

When arranging transportation for folks that are not frequent flyers, we tend to get the question: "What time should I arrive at the Airport before my flight?" an awful lot. To clear things up, we've decided to blog about this FAQ for our Airport "newbie" clients.

 

What the airlines recommend:

 Most major airlines recommend you arrive: 

2 hours early for a Domestic flight

and

3 hours early for an International flight.

Arriving early allows you extra time to check in for your flight (in some cases you can do this online now), wait in line through security checkpoints, and get to your appropriate departure gate.  For many travelers, especially if you have not traveled frequently in the past, arriving at these times will allow you to familiarize yourself with the Airport terminal  and give you the peace of mind that you will not miss your flight.

Check out these awesome articles -

http://traveltips.usatoday.com/early-should-airport-domestic-flight-61860.html 

USA Today article is a perfect reference guide for knowing when to arrive early and in some cases when you can afford to arrive later. 

and

http://www.forbes.com/2008/10/14/travel-airports-time-forbeslife-cx_fl_1014travel.html 

This Forbes article describes the best and worst times to fly.

Don't forget that the best way to get TO the Airport is by booking a Sedan with us. Early morning driving (which is the best time to get to the Airport) can be hazardous. Allow our trained professional Chauffeurs to handle that early morning hustle for you. 

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Delta's new Terminal 4 @ JFK

Check out this video on JFK Airport's new Delta Terminal 4 opening up in May 2013! Looks like there's going to be a Shake Shack in there! That should help make delays somewhat more tolerable.

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Major Airport Delays!

"Due to federal budget issues, travelers may experience flight delays at the airport, as well as at security checkpoints and during processing at international arrivals halls. Please allow extra time at the airport, and check your flight’s status with your airline."

- NY/NJ Port Authority

Thanks to some big time government budget cuts, the FAA is being forced to furlough some 47k employees (including 15k Air Traffic Controllers). The FAA is warning travelers to prepare for some ugly delays now and going forward into the Summer.

In light of this news from the FAA, when traveling to the Airport, whether it's Newark, JFK, or LaGuardia, make sure to check in on your flight's status with helpful apps like the ones from FlightTracker and Kayak. We use these (combination) of apps to make sure we are there waiting for you when you touch down. We highly recommend downloading these apps at this point in time if you are traveling in the near future.

Also, please be advised that Black Rock Limousine Co. does not track departing flights. We are not responsible for delays or cancellation of your outgoing flight. It is important to keep track of your outgoing flight in the event there is a cancellation or major delay because the travel to the airport is non-refundable once we have picked you up.

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Cirque Zuma Zuma!

Looking for something fun to do on a Wednesday night? Check this out...

 

Cirque Zuma Zuma

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7:30 PM

Presented by: Count Basie Theatre

Tickets: $39.50, $25

Leave the car at home and we'll pick you up! Call us or text us at (877) 352-5576 and mention this blog posting for a special "Night Out in Red Bank" discount*! You can also reserve a ride with us online here. Check out the details in the article below!

* Sedan Service only

 

 

From www.countbasietheater.org:

America’s Got Talent Finalists in 2011, Cirque Zuma Zuma is the African-style cirque performance that American, European and Australian audiences agree is unlike anything they have seen before. From the cradle of all cultures, the acrobats and performers of Cirque Zuma Zuma combine the mysticism and magic of the African continent with the out-of-this-world excitement of a theatrical cirque performance. With live music from a South African vocalist and percussionists from Zimbabwe, the talented cast performs a non-stop, action-packed show featuring aerial acts, Egyptian limbo dancers, South African gumboot dancers, Gabonese tumblers, South African contortionists, amazing pole acts, and more.

*$2 per ticket in person or mail orders; $7 per ticket phone orders; $9.50 per ticket online orders. Click Here for information about reduced fees for contributing members.

 

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We are now members of the NLA.

We are proud to announce that we are now members of the NLA "National Limousine Association". Check out the video below to see what our membership with the NLA means for you as a potential client of our limousine service.

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Can't call us?

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Can't call us?

Say you're in a meeting and you need to book a quick ride to the airport. Or say you're just looking to get a quick quote and don't feel like talking. Feel free to shoot us a text @ 877-352-5576. Don't forget to include your name, how many travelers (and pieces of luggage), the date and time you need it for, and the pick up and drop off addresses. We will get back to you right away with a quote and can quickly book the ride when you're ready! You can also book our limo services online by clicking the button below!

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Drivers gone wild!

This blog discusses a story a client told me about another limousine service he’d used for corporate transportation. I was so horrified I had to blog about it in detail!

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Why?Fi

This blog discusses a feature that all of our clients find handy: Free in vehicle WiFi. This is perfect for when you need car service to ewr or a meeting and you don’t feel like hotspotting with your phone, chewing up valuable data. Use ours!

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Would you like...

...to save 15% off the next time you need a car service? Call us @ 732-444-8608 or 732-620-6184 and mention that you checked out our webpage and blog, and we'll deduct 15% off your next trip!*

*Please note: this offer cannot be combined with any other offers. This offer does not apply toward corporate accounts. Excludes stretch limousines, stretch SUV, club wagon, premium sedan, and party bus services. Offer is for Sedan service only. Expires 03/31/2013.

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