ACD Introduces Self(ie) Service, a Revolutionary Mobile Auto Claims Solution

Carlsbad, CA (PRWEB) April 14, 2014

ACD, a national leader in claims management, advisory, audit and technology solutions to the property and casualty industry, has introduced an exciting new self-service solution now available for repair facilities, insurers, and their policyholders. The new feature, aptly dubbed Self(ie) Service, is a first person solution built within the Companys robust award-winning AutoLink technology.

Self(ie) Service (where the ie stands for instant estimates) is a phenomenal solution thats so simple and easy to use, states President and CEO Ernie Bray. Anyone who already knows how to text and take a picture can use it. It will drastically improve accuracy, cycle time, and customer service. Mobile technology is the hottest trend now with many new companies sprouting up to capitalize on this growing sector. We are simply leveraging the backbone of our existing software and adding this additional feature to make it even better, added Bray.

Having processed over $ 2 billion in assessed damage and already delivering rapid service with technology, our Self(ie) Service web application surpasses any app on the market. Our solution is framed around simplicity and effectiveness and offers instantaneous uploads from the field into AutoLink, explained Bray. App centric solutions are less desirable for the customer as most end-users dont want a limited use app taking up permanent real estate on their phone, added Bray.

Self(ie) Service allows for the broadest reach and compatibility. Our branded solutions and secure transmissions allow for insurers to maintain their identity while allowing ACD to serve as the vehicle for service and quality delivery. Weve also taken measures to safeguard our clients from potential fraud with our proprietary red flag indicator that scans each submission for anomalies. For added protection, each in-house estimating specialist undergoes annual anti-fraud training. This is a great marketing tool for companies and allows Self(ie) Service to provide added value and convenience to policyholders, stated Bray.

Self(ie) Service is built into the powerful AutoLink system, which has increasingly become the premier choice of auto insurers across the nation. It is compatible with most Apple iOS and Android smart phones and tablets. One factor that differentiates the solution from the competition is that it allows for the client to instantly change the claim from self-service to a traditional full appraisal. This seamless ability to alter the files status reduces potential delays, improving both cycle time and overall customer experience.

About ACD

ACD creates revolutionary technology and combines it with the finest claims services available. From innovative technology such as AutoLink, PropertyLink, and SubroLink to auto & property damage appraisal services, ACD is defining the future of claims technology and the speed of claims processing. The firm has processed over $ 2 billion dollars in assessed damages, servicing over 225 insurers including 11 of the Top 25 national carriers. For more information, visit ACD at

Business Form Printing Services Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 10, 2014

Buyers of business forms have a buyer power score of 3.6 out of 5.0, indicative of a moderate level of buyer power. The business form market has a large number of suppliers and a low level of specialization, allowing buyers to easily switch between suppliers. Because of this, buyers are able to negotiate low switching costs to reduce prices, allowing buyers to leverage other supplier’s prices or switch to the supplier with the lowest prices. There are, however, limiting factors to buyer power. Buyers have a limited number of substitutes because each direct substitute has substantial drawbacks, says IBISWorld business research analyst Jesse Chiang. Also, rising input costs, such as paper, coupled with returning demand has allowed buyers to continue raising prices.

Business forms are commoditized goods; therefore, buyers are able to switch effortlessly between operators without risking significant drops in quality. Furthermore, in a market with a large number of suppliers, buyers are able to fully leverage low switching costs because they are able to choose from more than 15,000 suppliers. Still, buyers are somewhat limited by the medium availability of substitutes, says Chiang. Digital forms require significant capital expenditures to ensure the security of digital information, while photocopies and online templates may lack the quality that buyers desire. Consequently, buyers are forced to engage in the business forms market, despite escalating prices.

Buyer power is further limited by unfavorable price conditions. The rising cost of paper has forced suppliers to adjust to the market’s new prices, and has forced suppliers to pass increasing input costs directly to buyers. Because of returning demand for business forms from rising corporate profit and the growth of new business, suppliers have also been able to raise prices without risking the loss of demand. While buyers should seek to engage in contracts to stem rising costs, buyers must carefully evaluate potential operators before signing a contract. The average market vendor carries significant financial risk, and the financial collapse of a supplier could cost buyers capital spent on the contract and the supply of business forms. Major vendors include R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, The Standard Register Company, Deluxe Corporation and Ennis Inc. For more information, visit IBISWorlds Business Form Printing Services procurement category market research report page.

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to assist buyers of business form printing. Business forms include purchase order forms, human resource forms and other types of forms. These forms are used by businesses to conduct daily business and keep records transactions. These forms can be customized to tailor to company needs, and altered for preferences in style and functionality. Suppliers that offer business form printing offer a variety of services as well, including custom continuous prints and unit set prints. Business form suppliers include commercial printers, and paper and office supply retailers. This report does not include stationery printing, business card printing or copying services.

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About IBISWorld Inc.

IBISWorld is one of the world’s leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorlds procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-330-3772.

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Volvic to Be a Main Sponsor of “In French With English Subtitles” Movie Festival and Offers Tickets on Facebook

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 04, 2013

Brands Within Reach (BWR), a premium beverage marketer and distributor, is proud to be a major sponsor at the In French With English Subtitles movie festival. The event will be held in New York Citys Florence Gould Hall and will showcase nine French films with English subtitles from December 6 8, 2013. The festival has invited leading actors and movie directors from France to present their movies and to answer questions from audience members.

Volvic, which is naturally sourced from the pristine Auvergne region of France, is a long-time sponsor and supporter of the In French With English Subtitles movie festival. This year Volvic chose to sponsor the French cycling comedy, La Grande Boucle. The movie supports the healthy lifestyle that Volvic promotes in this tale of a biking fanatic embarking on his very own Tour de France, visiting scenic regions such as The Auvergne, where Volvic comes from. Volvic will feature a 30-second segment prior to each sponsored movie showing.

In French With English Subtitles promotes the French cinema through original language and direct contact with art directors, actors and other professionals of the film industry. BWR is pleased to have the opportunity to support these international filmmakers at the In French With English Subtitles movie festival and is delighted to provide Volvic for attendees to experience. Volvic is highly recognized throughout the world and our company couldnt think of a better way to spread the word of the origin of Volvic by supporting emerging French art and culture, said Olivier Sonnois, CEO of BWR.

Volvic is running a Facebook contest for their fans for the chance to win tickets to the screening of La Grande Boucle on December 7th at 3:15 pm. Volvic is known for having the most distinctive natural volcanic filtration. It is drawn from the slopes of the Chaine des Puys mountain range at the heart of the Auvergne volcanoes in France. Volvics volcanic water source is equipped with a natural filter, funneling rainwater through porous layers of volcanic rock.

For more information on BWR, please visit For more information on the Film Festival, please visit


Editor’s Note: To arrange to speak Olivier Sonnois, or for more information about BWR, please contact Nancy Trent or Pamela Wadler at 212-966-0024.

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