MATTHEWS – Records Reduction has long specialized in scanning documents for companies. Over time, hospitals converted to electronic medical records, while smaller cash-strapped firms cut down on spending during the recession.
Owner Shane Hunt thought about how to make his business appeal more to consumers. He realized his firm had the infrastructure to digitize people’s most cherished memories.
Hunt describes his work as “insurance for your memories,” noting Records Reduction can give you digital copies of your most valuable possessions, including old photos, scrapbooks, videotapes and even 35-millimeter slides.
“People pay thousands of dollars to insure their homes, hundreds of dollars to insure their cars,” Hunt said. “But if you ask them what are your most valuable possessions, what does everyone say? My pictures and my movies.”
There have been other perks to broadening his business to appeal to consumers. He enjoys seeing the looks on people’s faces when their digital files are delivered. Hunt recalled how one customer had never seen his grandparents until he received digital files converted from old slides that belonged to his parents.
“That meant the world to him,” he said. “People just forget what was on those old slides, pictures and movies.”
He can tell similar stories of how he helped business clients. One medical office was preparing to spend $14,400 on fireproof filing cabinets when it received an estimate to scan the files from Records Solutions for less than $1,000.
Hunt acknowledges that companies and individuals have the ability to scan their files or old photos. He contends that Records Reduction can do a higher quality job faster and cheaper.
He cautions businesses against hiring temps to scan records. He recalls how one prominent national organization hired temps to scan and shred their records, only to find out they scanned the wrong side of the paper.
Plus, if you happen to hire a temp that doesn’t care about doing quality work, you’re probably not going to realize it until six months down the road.
Records Reduction still gets more business from scanning and shredding documents for companies, but as the world continues to go paperless, Hunts sees digitizing memories as something to help get him through the next recession.
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Records Reduction is located at 2032 Independence Commerce Drive, Matthews. Call 704-724-3313 or visit www.recordsreduction.com.