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How to Choose a Managed IT Service Provider for Your Business

January 9th, 2023 by Tina White

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Proper planning is key and of utmost importance. Your first goal is to define your current and future IT needs. Secondly, choose a managed IT service provider with a wide range of IT skills and capabilities. However, do not confuse cybersecurity with...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity, General, IT Services

What is an Acceptable Turnaround Time for Copier Service?

November 27th, 2022 by Kevin Box

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Last week, during a conversation with a potential new customer with Function4, the customer asked me what is our turnaround time for service calls. My answer was four hours depending on the time of the day the call was placed. She seemed shocked, so...

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Posted in: General, Managed Print Services

Section 179 and What It Means for Your Small Business

November 21st, 2022 by Kevin Box

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The Section 179 deduction is a valuable tax break for small and medium-sized businesses because it allows owners to deduct the entire cost of large business expenses like equipment, furniture, and machinery in a single tax season - offering significant...

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The Big Question: To Purchase or Lease Office Equipment

November 13th, 2022 by Function4

Accurio Press

One of the most important assets of any business is productivity, which means acquiring the right document flow equipment to handle the workload. However, with the most expensive office equipment, the printers/copiers can be acquired in two ways: to...

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Posted in: General, Managed Print Services

Staffing Issues in 2022

October 9th, 2022 by Chris Wolfe

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Staffing Shortages in the labor force have been stifling in 2022. As of March 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data indicating a staggering all-time high of 8.1 million job openings, with a job opening rate of 5.3%. Fast forward 18...

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4 Ways to Overcome the Supply Chain Issues When Ordering Printers

September 6th, 2022 by Kevin Box

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Over the last two years, anything that requires a computer chip has gone through supply chain issues in one way or another. COVID-19 did not entirely create this issue but exposed it. If you need to order a new printer, it could take as...

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How COVID-19 Has Brought About Staffing Issues for Business

May 5th, 2022 by Function4

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The COVID-19 pandemic came out of nowhere and significantly impacted our everyday lives. However, while the human race saw some significant impacts, the business world faced the most problems. Since the pandemic businesses...

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Checking Chrome and Edge for Updates

March 29th, 2022 by Function4

Updating Microsoft Edge Step 1

Note: Edge may already be up to date on its own, but for security reasons we are ensuring it is. Microsoft Edge Step 1: Open your Microsoft Edge browser Step 2: Click the 3 Dots (…) in the top-right corner Step 3: Hover...

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Supply Chain Issues: How have the Supply Chain Issues Today Affected Your Business?

March 9th, 2022 by Function4

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Business production is not a one-person show. It takes many people from suppliers to manufacturers, from producers to retailers, and in the end, those that take the product to the desired customer. This particular chain is essential to take a...

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Staffing Issues Going Forward Post Pandemic

January 23rd, 2022 by Function4

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No business could have seen the pandemic hitting the shore in 2020. However, every business across the board, big or small, was somehow and to some extent affected by it. One of the biggest challenges that business owners had to deal with was staffing....

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Meals on Wheels Customer Story

June 17th, 2021 by Function4

This video tells the story of Greenville County's Meals on Wheels program—and how Microsoft products have helped the program expand and reach more people. If you would like to learn more, please contact function4. ...

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Non-Profit Offers Guide and Eligibility Link

June 10th, 2021 by Function4

This web link provides information about some of Microsoft's special offers for nonprofits as well as details about how to register for them. If you would like more information, contact function4 today. ...

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Special Olympics turns stars of youth leadership program into constellations with Microsoft Teams

June 3rd, 2021 by Function4

This blog post tells the story of the Special Olympics and how it has grown to an organization more than 6 million strong. It also details how Microsoft has helped this organization connect around the globe using technology like Teams. To learn more,...

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The “Finishing” Business in Industrial Printing is Just Getting Started

May 19th, 2021 by John Dembia

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I remember a TV commercial from the 1990s for a still camera that featured the great tennis player, Andre Agassi, had the accompanying tagline: “Image is Everything.” That tagline is still very applicable and valid today in the production print world...

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4 Ways to Create the Best Customer Experience in Technology

February 24th, 2021 by Kevin Box

4 excellent customer services skills for 5-star support

Have you ever been in a large retail store looking for a particular product and asked an associate to help you with your search? Does it bother you if the associate just points you in the product's direction instead of walking you to its location?...

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Customer Support Response Times

February 3rd, 2021 by Glyn Morgan

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A successful business usually has an outstanding customer service department. Nothing can make or break a company faster than customer service. Your ability and response time to resolve an issue can mean keeping your customer happy and a client for many...

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Function4 Selected as a 2020 ENX Magazine Elite Dealer

January 20th, 2021 by Max Queen

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Toluca Lake, CA (Nov. 1, 2020)— ENX Magazine announced that Function4 was among the nation’s top office technology dealerships chosen this year as a 2020 Elite Dealer. Function4 provides a variety of Hardware, Software, and IT Services that focus on...

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Five Tips to Help Embrace New Technology in the Office

November 19th, 2020 by Desiree Hutchinson

Five Signs It's Time for a Rebrand | Carabiner Communications

We all know that change is hard, but we are all forced to accept change during this time. Every employee from Executive levels to Sales representatives must adapt to change with how we continue with our everyday jobs. Technology has helped businesses...

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How to Use Approved Group Purchasing Contracts to Make Purchases

November 12th, 2020 by Ryan Skinner

The Ins and Outs of Signing a Listing Agreement - Aviara Real Estate

When organizations face making purchases, they first must consider what process they need to follow. Some organizations even go as far as creating a policy requiring at least three bids. The main reason is to ensure you are getting the best price for...

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6 Steps to Implement Digital Transformation in your Organization

November 5th, 2020 by Ross Lasley

Digital Transformation

Digital transformation has been a huge buzz word for the last five-plus years. It is still essential to companies in becoming a more profitable, efficient, and scalable business. Many companies have discussed trying to go through a digital transformation....

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Attitude is Everything

October 29th, 2020 by Dave Volberding

New year, new attitude: The power of positivity! | DentistryIQ

Whether they were dealing with fluctuating gas prices, severe weather, other salespeople, personal problems with family, or just bad news, did not affect their enthusiasm. The best salespeople knew they had a job to do and did not allow the events around...

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How To Improve Working Capital And Supplier / Customer Relations

September 23rd, 2020 by Brian Erlien

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Many companies today are looking for ways to strengthen customer and vendor relationships as well as improve working capital. Here are four ideas that can do just that. Vender & Supplier Communication Do you offer your vendors...

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What is a Copier Lease Buyout? (And Why It Might Be a Good Idea)

November 25th, 2019 by Function4

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The copier you leased a few years ago was a perfect fit for your day-to-day operations—until it wasn’t. Now your company could really use an upgrade. The problem is, the leasing period for your copier isn’t complete. A lease is a non-cancelable contract....

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How Much Does a Copier Lease Cost?

November 12th, 2019 by Function4

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If you’re looking into a copier lease for your business, one of the first questions on your list might be, “How much does it cost to lease a copier?” The short answer: It depends. A copier lease is similar to leasing a fleet of cars or an office...

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