Archive for February, 2005

Survey Reveals Paper Shredder Trends.

Friday, February 25th, 2005

Paper ShreddersOn February 14th, we sent a paper shredder survey to our customers to inquire about paper shredder use, identity theft and shredder trends. As a result of the survey, we received over 200 responses. The results of the survey are very interesting, showing what people think about identity theft and the importance of paper shredders.

Identity theft is an ever-increasing problem in the United States. The ability to create alternate identities, sign up for credit cards and abuse individuals’ identities is easier than ever for criminals. Receipts, mail and personal information are just some of the methods used to steal one’s identity. Out of 211 respondents,
22 people had been the victim of identity theft. That is over 10 percent of those interviewed.

This coming June, a new law will go into effect that will require anyone who has one or more employees to destroy their personal information. It surprised us to see that only 13 percent of those surveyed were aware of this new regulation.

Not surprising, over 70 percent of those surveyed feel that it is definitely important to destroy personal information. Because dumpster diving is perfectly legal, anything thrown in the garbage is fair game. Seventy-eight percent of those interviewed own a paper shredder. Fifty-one percent say they use their
shredder on a daily basis. Paper shredders help destroy sensitive information. When dumpster diving, criminals tend to go for the easy find. If paper is shredded, the difficulty of putting the pieces back together is enough of a deterrent to make shredding worthwhile.

Strip-cut shredders are still the preferred method of shredding, but cross-cut shredders are quickly growing in popularity. This is due, in part, to the fact that strip-cut shredders have been around longer. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed own a cross cut shredder. Strip cut shredders, especially over-the-can shredders, typically shred paper into ¼-inch strips. These strips, although hard to decipher, can still be reassembled. Cross-cut, or confetti-cut, shredders make it next to impossible to reassemble shredded documents.

The entire ABC Office paper shredder survey can be viewed by going here.

You can learn more about paper shredders, the different types and what they do by reading our paper shredder guide.

Compare Products and Specs With the New "Help Me Choose."

Friday, February 11th, 2005

We have found that several of our customers have no prior knowledge of a product, yet are expected to find the right product for their needs. Without speaking to a sales associate, this can be difficult. We sell thousands of products and each product has loads of information listed with the page. Deciphering this information is sometimes difficult. We have created a new “Help Me Choose” button to help out.

Help Me Choose

The “Help Me Choose” button is designed to help you find the right product. It will ask you a series of questions. Once you have finished answering the questions, it will determine, from your answers, which product will work best for you. We understand that it can be difficult to do this without prior knowledge of a product.

Come take a look at the new “Help Me Choose” feature. We have set it up to work with paper shredders and several other product categories. We will be moving this feature to even more product categories over the next few months. Try it out and enjoy!

Security Cameras Are Growing In Popularity.

Friday, February 4th, 2005

Security CameraDid you know that you are caught on camera about seven times a day? Security and hidden cameras are growing in popularity and it doesn’t appear that the demand will die down any time soon. Security cameras have been used to put criminals to jail for shoplifting, selling illegal narcotics, abuse and more.

Demand for surveillance cameras is especially growing in the baby sitter and nanny field of work. Concerned parents are purchasing cameras to keep an eye on those who are watching their kids. Parents who want to keep an eye on a small child or baby also use these cameras.

Security cameras can be placed in a wide variety of places. ABC Office sells several types of security cameras. Security cameras are usually either hardwired directly to a video recorder or the signal can be wirelessly transmitted to a video recorder. You can see our entire selection of security cameras by going here.

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