ITAR Compliance: What It Is, Who Needs It, and the Penalties for Ignoring It

If your company is involved in exporting any defense products, services, or related technical data, you’re probably already familiar with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). And if not, you need to be! These export control laws are designed to prevent unauthorized foreign nationals from procuring any sensitive information. This article reviews what ITAR compliance means, who needs it, …

Documentation and Records Management for ISO Certification

Documentation and records management is at the heart of many certification and compliance programs today. It’s also just good business practice. According to a widely cited study by Information Week, between 3% and 5% of an organization’s files are lost or misplaced at any given time, and the average cost of recreating a document is $180. The result is that …

What is ISO Certification? Does Your Company Need It?

At The Receptionist, we’re always interested in learning more about why our customers chose to implement a visitor management system. For many, like manufacturers and companies that regularly bid for contracts, visitor management is required as part of a certification or compliance initiative. Over the next few months, we’ll be publishing a series of articles to help you better understand …

5 Legal Agreements to Increase Your Office Security

Are you concerned about office security? If you’re like most of the office managers, IT administrators, and executive assistants we talk to every day, you probably answered “Yes — very!” Because security is so important for every business today, we’re dedicating 2017 to developing security features to help you keep your office, employees, visitors, intellectual property, etc., safe. From a …

10 Essential Elements of an Emergency Evacuation Plan

Extreme weather, bomb threats, combustible dust explosions — these all require manufacturing companies to switch into emergency gear. Since these situations invariably cause panic, the best way you handle them is by having a plan in place. This article outlines the 10 essential elements of an emergency evacuation plan. OSHA identified these elements, and we adapted them to include visitors as well …

3 Types of Software Modern Manufacturers Should Invest In Today

You already have ERP software, inventory software, and supply chain management software. But what about the non-production aspects of your business? Do you still use handwritten logs and ledgers? Do your salespeople still keep lead and customer information in their heads? If so, it’s time to move your entire business into the present, so you can be ready for the future. Read …

New Features: Pre-Registration and Returning Visitor Check-In

A few weeks ago, we launched The Receptionist for iPad version 3.0. (Missed the announcement? Check it out here). But today is the BIG announcement! Today, we’re rolling out two huge new features to make your visitors’ check-in even more efficient: pre-registration of upcoming visitors and fast-track check-in for returning visitors. To update your app, go to the Apple App …

Visitor Management and Regulatory Compliance: What You Need to Know

We write a lot on this blog about the benefits of visitor management systems for today’s offices, focusing mostly on productivity, brand image, and security. But for companies in some industries, a visitor management system isn’t just a great way to impress your clients and protect your employees from constant interruptions — it’s a key element of regulatory compliance. Here …

Avoid These 3 Privacy-Killing Mistakes in Your Office

Network and data security grab lots of headlines, but it’s important to protect customers’ privacy in your physical office space as well. Guarding your clients’ confidentiality in every way is vital to building trust and loyalty. Here are three things that are so common you probably don’t even notice them in your office. But they can wreak havoc on your …