Five empowering, principled, innovative and caring companies were honored for their contributions to their communities and the industry at Point of Rental’s International Conference in November. Point of Rental, Fort Worth, Texas, provides rental and inventory management software solutions to the rental industry.
Each of the honored companies, selected from a deep pool of candidates, highlights different ways that rental businesses engage with customers, their communities and the world.
EPIC Event of the Year: Beachview Event Rentals, Brunswick, Ga., was called upon to recreate New York’s legendary Rao’s Restaurant, from its exterior to a Harlem street scene shown on a video wall, to photos of famous diners, for three nights of pop-up dinners during Super Bowl week. Beachview relied on Point of Rental to pull the event together, scheduling equipment shipments from Brunswick, on the coast, to Atlanta, Ga., for the build out, for contracting and invoicing, and to pull off a successful event that couldn’t be overshadowed by even the biggest event in America.
EPIC Project of the Year: When another rental company needed help creating a 38,000-square-foot tent for a corporate event, it turned to Tents for Rent LLC, Lititz, Pa., to make it happen. The company used Point of Rental’s inventory management and kitting to help manage the pieces used to construct the 100-by-380-foot tent. A rainstorm during the installation added another level of difficulty to the project, but the team pulled off the installation successfully.
EPIC Innovation of the Year: Choice Party Linens, Prospect Park, Pa., wanted to track its warehouse productivity more efficiently. The company had used shuffled paperwork to track worker productivity and track hundreds of daily orders, but after installing Fulfillment, they were paperless. It used Point of Rental and Microsoft BI to develop dashboards that show the data it needs. The ability to track results and send reports to department heads highlights who is accomplishing the most, stokes friendly competition, and has resulted in increased warehouse productivity. With monitors throughout the building, people are able to track their progress throughout the day.
EPIC Community Service Award: The Alleen Company, Cincinnati, Ohio,produces Holiday in Lights, an affordable annual outdoor light display near Cincinnati, sending proceeds to A Child’s Hope International to feed starving children around the world. They’re not only serving their community by building an event that everyone can take part in, but they’re making an impact worldwide: the money raised from Holiday in Lights last year provided 115,217 meals. That’s the equivalent of feeding 384 children for an entire year.
EPIC Employee Empowerment Award: Brandon Rental Centers, Seffner, Fla., created a low-risk position on its team, and the company works with a nearby school for the blind to create jobs for students. With the company’s experience working with people with disabilities, it added a full-time deaf shop technician, who has impressed with great mechanical skills. In addition to empowering these employees by finding them a place to use their talents, the initiative benefits the company’s other employees, who are pushed to think more clearly about how they communicate and realize daily some of the things they take for granted, which has helped create a more considerate, caring workplace.