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More Changes at ARS!

Over the last year, we have made many changes to make it easier for you to do business with us.  We are continuing to make more changes in 2014.  We recently migrated to a new credit card processor which has increased our efficiency. As a result of that switch, we will need your full credit card information for your next order.  In order to maintain PCI compliance, we do not keep your card information in our offices, but rather vault it safely with a third party through our credit card processor.

We created a simple form for you to fill out so we can enter your company and credit card information into our new processor. Please click here to view the form.  After filling out the form please fax it back to 209-632-6868.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ashley at 888.294.7688 ext. 234.  You can also e-mail her at AGruenhagen@Advantagers.com.

Thank you for your patience while we improve our business!

Read MoreMarch 27, 2014 9:13 am - Posted by edit

January 13, 2013 – In This Issue:

HAPPY NEW YEAR

ANDROID MOVING FORWARD

AMAZING CUSOMER SERVICE

ANDROID FOR RM2000

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A Most Happy New Year to You!

No doubt a thousand well wishes have already been sent to you for 2014, but we wanted to add our good thoughts to you, as well. We appreciate you as a customer and have a thousand things planned for you in this New Year. We look forward to working with you for another year and look forward to endless possibilities with you as a partner. Learn More ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Our Android Software Keeps Moving Forward!

Update time! Over the last few weeks, our team has been fast at it on the Android. The RMA version has been on the market for several months and the RM2000 version popped onto the scene in December. Both versions are doing well and we continue to enhance the software on a weekly basis. Learn More ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Amazing Customer Service

Our 2014 Theme Each year at Advantage Route Systems, we choose a corporate theme for the companythat defines who we are and what we stand for. It varies from year to year as we face different business challenges and set different goals for ourselves. This year, we have selected a theme that defines our relationship with you- our customer. We want to share that with you since it will be affecting you! Learn More ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Android Software for RM2000!

In December we announced the availability of the new Android version for RM2000. We realized that with all of the noise from the holidays, our message was drowned out. So, we are not only getting the news out once again, but offering an extension of our new product discount for those of you using RM2000. Learn More ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Advantage Route Systems, Inc. – 1.209.632.1122 – 1.888.294.7688 – Sales@AdvantageRS.com – www.AdvantageRS.com

 

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In the USA, on November 11, we will be celebrating the contributions by our Veterans who have served our country.   At ARS, we would like to honor and mention 2 team members who represented US in the armed forces:

1. Scott Hutson, Air Force

2. Wayne Kroutil, US Army

We thank them and all others who have protected our freedoms by their service. Particularly, this year, we would like to thank the small group of World War II soldiers still living who not only sacrificed much in the 1940s but who returned home to build much of the great infrastructuethat we have in this country today.

Without their willingness to put in enormous time and effor,we would not enjoy much of what we take for granted.Thank you, too, to the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts that have assured we have the voice and liberties we do today. Advantage Route Systems will be open on Monday to assist you and will be on a full service schedule.

God Bless our Veterans!

Read MoreNovember 11, 2013 3:41 pm - Posted by edit

Advantage Route Systems Android Software for Route Manager!

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Only 2 More Days Left to save $100!

If you have been thinking about using an Android handheld in your business, you may want to talk to us now!

In just 2 more days, our special first release pricing will come to an end for our new Android handheld   product.  If you want to save $100 per license, talk to our sales team now!  All RMA users will be happy  to know that whether you deliver water, ice, dairy or other products, the software is now ready for you.

Our special price ends tomorrow, Friday, October 18.  This means you get an Android handheld license for only $200 per handheld.  If you are ready to go, then contact our sales team to get started.  If you need help with the upgrade, you can call our tech support team at 888.294.7688 ext. 2 or email them at Support@AdvantageRS.com.

For compatibility or other questions, call Calise at 888.294.7688 extension 299. Or, if you are out of the USA, call 1.209.632.1122.  You can always email your questions to Sales@AdvantageRS.com.  Check out our website at www.AdvantageRS.com/Android.

Today is a great day to get started on this fantastic new handheld software!

Read MoreOctober 17, 2013 1:49 pm - Posted by edit

September 16, 2013 – In This Issue:

FREE SOFTWARE

POSTNET BAR CODES

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Free Software Over the last few years, there have been many changes in handhelds. Originally, we used a data card to transfer data from the desktop to the handheld. Now, it is tough to find hardware that has an accessible card reader for data transfer. In addition, nearly every device has Wi-Fi and most now have GPRS (3G/4G). To reflect these market changes, we are now including our Advanced Communications module for free to all users. Learn More ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Changes to Postnet Bar Codes It is not often we miss something as big as PostNet Bar Codes. Almost a year ago, they were discontinued by the Post Office for mailings – even though our own post office is still using them! Now there is a new solution – Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb®) (don’t snicker!) Learn More

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Android Update We started shipping our new Android software last week. As soon as the first copies were being installed, we started work on Phase II of the project to add features for another industry – Recycled Oil Pickup. We made great progress on this segment and even added a few new surprises. Learn More

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Advantage Route Systems, Inc. – 1.209.632.1122 – 1.888.294.7688 – Sales@AdvantageRS.com – www.AdvantageRS.com

Read MoreSeptember 16, 2013 11:22 am - Posted by edit
Advantage Route Systems
Android Software for Route Manager!
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We are now shipping our new Android handheld software for RMA - Today!

September 9, 2013

We may have had a few doubters for our new Android software when we announced it
a couple of months ago, but we are happy to say we are shipping Version 1.1 today
to our Android customers. This version has been designed for RMA users in the following
industries:

1. Ice
2. Coffee
3. Tea
4. Bread
5. General Merchandise.

It will work on a variety of Android 4.1 (or later) devices including tablets (several
different sizes from 7" to 10") and cell phones. You can use it with either our 
3 inch PTB-3 printer or even our Advantage BT-4. Advanced Communications is built
in and we think you will find the interface an easy transition from our Windows 
devices.

The first release does not support empty bottles return, rent and other features
for those of you in the bottled water industry. It will be about another month 
until we release features for this functionality. We will keep you informed of our
continuing progress so you will know when you can start using these devices.

The price for the Android software is $300 per device. We are extending a special
$100 discount per license for the month of September for all of our early adopters.
In addition, you will need to upgrade your RMA version to 6.1.5R1 or later in order
to use the new hardware. Finally, there is an ongoing annual license fee of $50 
per device for the Android platform.

With the Android you will find it has most of the features that you are used to 
on the Windows platform. In addition, there are several new things that are only
available with the new handheld. These are:

1. Ability to integrate with Google Maps. This works in both the USA and many countries,
too. From your RMA software, you can touch 'Take Me There' and you will get turn-by-turn
directions from your current position to your final destination.
2. Built-in bar code scanning. You can use the camera on your Android device to 
take a picture of a bar code and it will find the proper product for you. This is
pretty cool and you can use it on equipment or products. While not as good as a 
Symbol laser scanner, it still can meet the need in many situations.
3. Ability to take pictures and save them with your customer information. We have
had this feature in our Windows version for many years, but most handhelds did not
have a camera. Now, with inexpensive Androids, nearly every device comes with not
one, but two cameras! We have tied this into our software so you can immediately
start taking pictures.

We are excited about the possibilities. With the extremely low price of Android 
handhelds, you can now replace any device that you are presently using with a low
cost handheld. If you did not have the money to buy a $1000 handheld before, you
can now find good equipment for an 80% discount. Call our sales team and talk to
us so we can help you.

Finally, we are firming up our release schedule for more functionality and introduction
into other markets such as bottled water, propane, oil recycling and other industries
that have specific requirements. We will let you know each week when something new
is completed. And of course, updates will be free to all Android users.

If you would like a free copy of the Android Handheld User Guide, call Calise at
888.294.7688 ext. 299.

Get more information here: www.AdvantageRS.com/Android
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Read MoreSeptember 9, 2013 11:23 am - Posted by edit

August 21, 2013 – In This Issue:

DOING GOOD BACKUPS

CHANGE IN SUPPORT FEES

CHEAP LITTLE SCANNER

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Doing Good Backups

Have you made a backup today? I read all kinds of articles on data recovery and getting your operations back to normal after any kind of disaster.It never is fun, but the worst scenario for recovery is when you have nothing to recover from! Learn  More

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Change in Support Fees

Beginning September 1, 2013, we will be adjusting our hourly rate for support fees by $5 per hour. Just like you, we are facing higher costs all of the time and need to make this change to keep good people who can help you when you need us. Learn More

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Cheap Little Scanner for EF2000

If you have been thinking about going paperless, you may want to look at this cute little scanner. We found it at BUY.com and it is quite affordable. Made by Xerox, it does not take up much desk space,  but does have an auto feed! What more could you expect for $249? Learn More

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Read MoreAugust 21, 2013 9:49 am - Posted by edit

August 8, 2013 – In This Issue:

ANDROID HANDHELD UPDATE

CREDIT CARD POLICY CHANGE

ESTOREFRONT 5

NEW FACE AT ARS

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Android Handheld Progress Update

Last month we announced that we would be releasing new software for Android Handhelds in September. Here is our first progress update for you – keeping you informed about this important new software project. Learn More

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Changes to our Credit Card Policy

Just like you, we constantly attempt to control our costs and keep our prices low to our customers. In order to keep our credit card costs within reason, we are making a change to the way we take credit cards. Learn More

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A Reminder about eStoreFront 5

We keep rolling out more and more customers to eStoreFront 5! This helpful tool is the easiest way to provide 24 hour a day support to your customers. Whether you have 300 or 30,000 customers, they want full time service to look up invoices, make payments, etc. Learn More

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New Face at ARS

We have a new face at ARS in the sales department. When you call us, you may hear a new voice that you are not familiar with. Coming to ARS with many years of sales experience under his belt, we would like for you to meet Kevin Manning! Learn More

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Advantage Route Systems, Inc. – 1.209.632.1122 – 1.888.294.7688 – Sales@AdvantageRS.com – www.AdvantageRS.com

 

Read MoreAugust 8, 2013 9:45 am - Posted by edit

August 5, 2013 -    In This Issue:

ALL NEW MANGOPILOT
WE RECENTLY MOVED
SUPER CLEANOUT

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All New Mango Pilot

After a year of R&D, we are pleased to announce an all-new MangoPilot! We have given it a new name – MangoPilot 2- so you will know the difference. What’s new? One word – SPEED! This is a firecracker unit that will blow your socks off! Well, not literally.  Learn More
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We Recently Moved

Just a quick reminder that we recently moved our offices. We know the post office is great at forwarding mail (NOT!) so we thought we would get a reminder to you to change your shipping location for ARS so there is no delay in sending things
to us. If you are sending in handhelds for repair or mailing a check to us, be sure to use the address below.  Learn More
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Super Cleanout

Even after throwing tons of things away, we still have a mountain of products we ‘discovered’ as we moved to our new location! Now, it is cleanout time and we are getting rid of even more things! Take advantage of our sales that start this week.
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Advantage Route Systems, Inc. – 1.209.632.1122 – 1.888.294.7688 – Sales@AdvantageRS.com – www. AdvantageRS.com

Read MoreAugust 5, 2013 10:12 am - Posted by edit

Route Manager Coming For Android PDA

July 23, 2013 -    In This Issue:

ROUTE MANAGER FOR ANDROID
WHAT THE SOFTWARE LOOKS LIKE ON ANDROID
HARDWARE OPTIONS FOR ANDROIDS
WHERE WE GO FROM HERE

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Route Manager for Android
Many of you have been asking us if we were going to offer an alternate hardware platform to Windows Mobile. We have been looking at this for several years and now we are pleased to announce that we have chosen Android as an alternative. Coming in September,  you will now have a choice. It will also open up many doors for you as you select new handhelds.

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What the software looks like on Android

Are you curious as to what the software will look like on the Android handhelds?  If so, take a look at these sample screens so you can compare them to what you have today. Do they look remarkably similar to your Windows devices? That is intentional so you can reduce training time with your drivers – should you choose to make a switch!

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Hardware options for Android

There are many, many handheld (PDAs) that run the Android operating system. That is why we chose it! You can choose from a number of different sizes from 3 to 10″ screens. Also, there is a ton of creativity going into these devices and the marketplace looks bright for even more in the future.

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Where we go from here

August will be a busy month as we finish coding and get a few selected customers using the new program to make sure it will stand up to day-to-day use in the field. As indicated earlier, the first release of the program will be for certain industries until we perfect the code and then release it for all industries.

Learn More
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