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August 25, 2022

Your Ultimate Guide to Starting a Cell Phone Repair Company

As the modern consumer continues to rely on the functionality of their cell phone for day-to-day tasks and communication, there is an ongoing need for cell phone repair centers to help them when things go awry. Broken screens, faulty hardware, dysfunctional charging ports – while frustrating to the owner, these are the cell phone repair shops’ bread and butter.

RepairQ provides management software for repair shops across the nation. This blog post features a checklist of fundamentals that any would-be cell phone repair shop operator should review before getting started, specifically for the optimization of management and process.   

5 Basics to Get You Started

Have you scoped out a location? Or are you still in the visualization phase? As you plan your new venture, there will be some necessities that inevitably fall through the cracks. There may even be more obvious needs that, amid your planning, you haven’t thought of. Here’s a list of the basics.

#1 A Repair Station

Yes, you probably thought of it. But do you know how to build an electronics repair workstation for your repairs or what items you’ll need? Your repair shop workstation should be constructed from nonconductive material like wood or plastic, you should have electrostatic prevention measures implemented throughout the space (work mats, grounding straps), and you should have good quality testing equipment within arms reach of the station. Don’t forget tools like clamps, small screwdrivers, and screen removing tools.

#2 A Website & Google Business Profile

A surefire way to get on the map (literally on the search engine map) is to get a basic website published and start a Google Business Profile. This lets Google know what kind of business you’re operating and where your central location is. In other words, when future customers look for “cell phone repair near me,” Google can then send them your way.

A good website will include a home page with a summary of your services, your operating hours, and contact information. You’ll also want an About and Service pages that cover your company and approach more in-depth.

#3 Cell Phone Repair Shop POS

A dynamic point of sale (POS) system is a must-have. But you don’t want to settle on just any software. Some POS software will struggle to integrate with payment processors like Square. There’s also the hardware to think about. POS software partners may require you to invest in a partnered hardware brand, but keep in mind that there are plenty of good options that allow for the simple iPad/tablet transaction station you may have seen before.

#4 Inventory Management & Automation

Nothing can frustrate a shop owner quite like an inaccurate inventory. You shouldn’t have to audit more than necessary, and your inventory reports should be easy to access. So, look for software that also offers inventory automation; a system that recognizes SKUs in transactions and adjusts your inventory accordingly.

If you plan to also sell or trade, should the time come when you have an inventory visible to your website browsers, you’ll also want your system to integrate your inventory with web portals for convenience (and to save them the phone call). 

#5 Customer Incentives & Email Marketing

Once you have established an efficient system for your inventory, the next step is a quality customer relationship management (CRM) program. A helpful CRM not only provides a database of names and emails, but you should also be able to utilize the system to conveniently look up and add customer information as well as organize incentives and email marketing campaigns.

Software to Assist You at Every Level

Of course, you’ll have to have a lot more than the above five basics. Dedicated repair staff is invaluable, as is a great company culture fueled by caring management. If you have questions about how to get started with your software systems and implementing a store POS, connect with our people. We’d be happy to help. You can also send an inquiry using the form below to request a demo of our products.

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August 18, 2022

What Repair Tracking Means to Clients & Customers

Repair tracking software can take your customer relations and partnerships to the next level. Whether you’re a vendor outsourced by an OEM or you work primarily independently, the ability to see repair ticket statuses and updates (including automation features) is hardly a luxury at this point in the modern commercial world – it’s a necessity.

This post will cover the significant ways service repair software can assist your transactions from initial order through fulfillment, specifically via repair order tracking features. Continue reading for more information.

Queues Designed for Effective High-Volume Order Tracking

As you browse repair tracking software, take a look at how the software sets up order queues. Not every system is built for every repair shop. A good queue will track your orders by status and priority, providing the ability to filter and sort as needed.

Simplicity is also an important factor here. You shouldn’t have to go into your queue interface and scroll through pages and pages of information, squinting your eyes, click around aimlessly, etc. The orders you need should be only a few seconds away, allowing you to get right back to your customer or repair work.

What It Means for Them

Better queues for you means easier access to statuses for customers and less time spent scratching your head or connecting with a tech worker to figure out a status.

Create & Customize Workflows

Between vacation days and experience level, certain techs will be better suited for a repair job than others. There are also standards to uphold that will vary from model to model. Your tracking software should not only help you prioritize assignments to your tech workers, it should also allow customization throughout the ticket’s life, providing insight into the order history, next step actions, and advocated for best practices.

What It Means for Them

Internal visibility is just as important as external. When your people can know exactly what is needed to keep the job moving and done right, it will show to your customers and partners.

Tip: As you implement a workflow, add approval requirements throughout. This way, you gain visibility on what’s being done to broken products, product part flow, and employee performance. It can also help prevent worker error and improve on service quality for the sake of the customer.

Communicate at Every Step of the Repair Journey

To some, this element may seem obvious, but we would be remiss if we didn’t cover communication. Communication in the modern commercial world is of utmost importance. In fact, it may be the most important element of your business.

On the list of what keeps customers coming back, communication reigns at the heart of the matter. Customers want to be informed, they want to be heard, and they want their questions answered quickly and accessibly.

What It Means for Them

When you provide a customer interface for status updates and tracking information on ticket orders, you provide customers with the peace of mind that they’ve come to expect from the retail and service industries. You provide them with the communication necessary for a forthright experience, and they will appreciate it.

Repair Shop Software That Supports Every Area of Your Operation

RepairQ provides software for repair shops who need a better integrated system for order processing, inventory management, and transactions.

Additionally, RepairQ POS software integrates seamlessly with some of the industries top payment processors as well as inventory management features that keep your backroom organized. Check out our point-of-sale solutions and repair management features for more information.

Our products provide repair shop owners the tools necessary to better focus on what matters: the customer’s needs. Ready to get started? Contact us by using the form below.

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August 4, 2022

4 Reasons You Should Care About Your Repair Shop's Software Integration Abilities

It all comes down to the customer – making their life easier while also improving operational efficiency. Repair shops are in a unique position in the modern commercial world. Where the traditional retail shop sticks to product sales, the repair shop provides repair services while also managing an inventory of parts and products. They often sell new and used items, and they not only face customers on a bad day when their product has faltered, but they also can be the reason a customer has a good day.

All this serves to highlight the complexity of the repair shop owner and clerks’ responsibilities. Between the labor required for repairs, backroom management, and upfront transactions, running a business like this requires a dynamic system that complements every step of the operation. The answer? Software integration.

This post will highlight the ways your repair shop software can be integrated for better processes.

#1 Online Scheduling Means Less Time on the Phone

It’s easy to get bogged down answering call after call. Of course, it’s great to help out a customer in need. But you have other things to do – customers in the store to help, repairs to complete. Integrating an appointment scheduling system into your shop’s website is easier than you may think, and it can do a lot for your day-to-day operations.

In today’s age, customers want to schedule their appointment online. Why not give them what they want while making your life easier?

#2 Your CRM Is More Than a Tool in Your Digital Belt, It Provides a Foundation for Growth

What if you could do more than provide an online scheduling system? The ideal online system will also integrate with your customer relationship management (CRM) tools, allowing for information tracking and lead generation that helps you do a better job administratively.

Necessary integration features that support your CRM needs may include:

  • Customer browsing information
  • Email communications and marketing management
  • View sales and referral history

#3 Your Inventory Deserves SKU Automations  

Then, of course, there is the internal process – primarily inventory challenges. Between new and upcoming products, outdated parts, and limited shelving space, repair shop inventories can be chaotic.

SKU status and transaction automation setups should also be at the top of your software integration list. This feature commonly found in various retail software products is common for a reason. Imagine seeing–with just a few clicks–which items need reordering or gaining easy access to see a sister store’s inventory.

#4 Point of Sale Integrations Support Every Other Aspect of Your Operation

No inventory system is complete without an enhanced point of sale integration to support it. Whether you’re a computer or pc shop seeking repairs software, or your market is more niche, the demand for an accessible, easy-to-use POS is always present. 

Point of sale transactions are the rudder for your ship, one questionable interaction or software stutter can compromise your inventory management or put a rift in the relationship with the customer.

Automated inventory and CRM integrations with your POS make life that much easier, preventing user error and limiting the chances of inefficiency. In other words, when your POS is on point and integrated appropriately, the rest of your operation will reap the benefits.

Integration-Ready Repair Shop Software From RepairQ

RepairQ provides CRM and POS tools for repair shops looking to unify their systems for improved efficiency. Check out Qsite, RepairQ’s multi-functional lead generation tool that can help with online scheduling integrations, store locating, and more.

Have questions? Send us an email with an inquiry.

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July 19, 2022

Samsung Chipmaking Prices Are Now on the Rise - Are You Prepared?

Foundry clients of Samsung Electronics Co. can now expect to pay up to 20% more for semiconductor manufacturing for the foreseeable future. Samsung joins many of the chipmaking industry giants in a multi-business price increase to make up for increased material costs and logistical needs. The increase comes following a more conservative year for Samsung, having maintained its pricing policy while the rest of the industry raised prices in response to chip shortages.

Why Are Chipmakers Raising Prices?

Last year saw a shortage of semiconductor chips in the supply chain, a result of COVID-19 pandemic-related manufacturing and shipping pitfalls. The shortage mixed with the high demand for chips across the globe has all but forced the hand of corporations to raise their prices.

How This May Affect the Electronics Parts Market

According to an article by Bloomberg that covers the Samsung price increase, customers and partners seeking solutions are now forced to shift their focus from optimizing profitability (hunting down the best part for the margin) to a more strategic game plan. In other words, material costs and shortages will mean clients expend more resources procuring the chips and become less concerned with the overall cost.  

More obviously, the rise of chip prices mixed with the fallout of last year’s shortage means quite simply that devices will be more expensive. That means more expensive parts, affected repair workflows, and potentially unhappy customers at the point of sale and beyond.

What About the Repair Industry?

In Q1 of 2022, Samsung shipped 73.6 million devices, and they expect a total of over 300 million across 2022. Whether dealing with Samsung branded items or Samsung chipped third-party devices, the impacts on the repair industry are unavoidable. Small to mid-sized repair shops will likely see the brunt of the price increases as they hope to seek up-to-date parts to appease customers and keep repairs afloat.

As the aforementioned article suggests, your approach to seeking replacement parts may need an adjustment from most affordable to most accessible.

It May Be Time to Update Your Inventory Management Practices

Our recommendation for repair shop owners is to keep their inventories fresh, maintaining a system that supports their ongoing stock. As device models become dated, profit margins decrease, more so in an age of increased parts prices.

Is Your System Automated?

You’ll want an automated inventory system that integrates with your front-end software. Automated inventories save on employee labor time, help maintain accurate numbers, and enable repair shops to better focus on other profitability and customer retention strategies. How so? By providing trackable SKUs so managers can see what needs reordering.

In other words, when you optimize your inventory management practices, you’re better able to withstand price increases like those of Samsung and Intel.

Electronics Repair POS & Much More from RepairQ Software

From point-of-sale to customer check-in and repair management, RepairQ provides software solutions for repair shops looking to improve their internal and customer-facing processes. Our software is fit to handle a wide range of industry needs, that includes electronics repair shops, cell phone repair centers, appliance repair, and much more.

Get in touch online to learn more. 

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July 14, 2022

New Tech to Watch Out for in 2022-2023

From innovative new hardware to serious software upgrades, there’s a lot to like about the current state of the tech industry. Leading companies from around the world continue to mold consumer life for improved convenience and better home living.

RepairQ has gathered the current and coming electronics you’ll want to keep an eye out for as 2022 comes to an end (i.e. holiday season $$) and 2023 gets started. Read on for anticipated products from proven companies.

A New Wave of Revolutionary Monitors

Samsung and LG brought curved TV screens into the electronics industry in 2013 (though they existed in projection form for cinematic experiences since the 1950s). The 21:9 curved monitor followed suit a year later and maximized the possibilities of a 21:9 display.

Today, curved monitors remain a top-of-the-line option for serious gamers, designers, and general consumers. Look out for the Samsung ARK later this year or in early 2023. This product flips the curved model – literally. It’s a 55” curved OLED monitor vertically positioned and provides three different 16:9 feeds.

Other monitors to watch out for: MSI’s MEG 342C QD-OLED and LG’ UltraGear 48GQ900.

M2 SoC in New MacBooks

Apple continues to move away from using Intel chips in their devices (iPads and Macbooks primarily) and toward their own System on a Chip (Soc) engineering. Rather than using different chips for different functions, they’ve directed their development efforts toward a unified chip to serve multiple functions: the M2.

The M2 is faster than its predecessor, the M1, and includes a more powerful GPU and CPU. The M2 runs at 3.49GHz up from the 3.2GHz of the M1. Thanks to the efficiency of the M2, new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models boast battery lives between 18 and 20 hours.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4

Somewhere along the way, Samsung decided it was time to return to the drawing board and prod at consumers’ nostalgia with the flip-phone model, the Galaxy Fold. An improved version of the concept, the Galaxy Z Flip was first released in Q1 2020 and delivered a more than modest showing.

Last August, Samsung released the Flip3, which included an octa-core processor and 8GB of RAM. The model spearheaded a plethora of flip-phone shipments in 2021 with a total of 4.6 million units shipped. Quite impressive considering it was released in August.

The Flip4 details remain somewhat under wraps but have been announced and the product is expected to release later this year – perhaps in August like its predecessor. Can we expect another successful Z Flip model or will Samsung struggle like other companies suffering from higher parts pricing and supply chain demands?

Video Doorbells & Security Systems

Ring released their Video Doorbell Pro 2 in March ’22 and holds a high consumer rating on Google and Amazon. The basic kit is currently $259.99 and comes with several bundling options for home security improvements. Ring boasts a built-in Alexa greeting, 3D motion detection, and HD+ video in the Pro 2. The model can also detect movement from a perimeter of up to 30 feet regardless of weather or time of day.

While there’s no word yet on a Video Doorbell 5 release (the original model), the Video Doorbell 4 which was released in Spring 2021 continues to be a more-than-viable option for homeowners looking for a more affordable video doorbell than the Pro model.

Repairs Software With POS Systems, Inventory Management, & So Much More

RepairQ provides a wide range of software solutions for repair shops seeking a multi-faceted system for their internal and customer-facing operations. Our tools are designed to improve efficiency and lookout for your bottom line.

Learn more about RepairQ software – get in touch today.

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June 28, 2022

The Best POS for Repair Shops Will Have These Elements

A dynamic yet easy-to-use point of sale (POS) system for your repair shop will do wonders for customer satisfaction as well as your internal logistics. Common struggles for shop owners are often related to their purchasing systems and inventory integrations – inaccurate numbers, slow transactions, broken automations (or no automations). But with the right approach to their POS, owners, and managers can rest easy and focus on what matters – customer retention with quality repair services.

RepairQ offers POS software and then some. We’ve taken the time to highlight the following elements that every repair shop POS should have.

#1 Simplicity on the Customer Side of the Counter

All you should need for your transactions on the customer side is a simple setup like a tablet or basic payment portal hardware. Whether they’re ordering a repair, returning to pick up an item, or trading in a device, the customer’s touch screen or buttons should be intuitive and easy to use.

Most repair shop customers are already in the shop because they have a device that isn’t working properly. Over-complicating their end of the transaction could make matters worse for them. The less work you can make them do, the better.

#2 Payment Provider Integrations

Be sure to check that your POS system integrates well with the top payment providers, which includes hardware and software. Commonly used payment providers for repair shops include Bluefin, Heartland, or Square.

#3 Trading & Purchasing Capabilities

A vital element of the repair shop industry that separates it from a general retail business is the ability to trade or purchase aftermarket devices or equipment from its customers. Trading with customers can increase company inventory while potentially keeping costs lower without having to pay for shipping or lose time seeking products.

See that your new POS software can purchase customer-owned items for refurbishing and reselling. The system should allow you to add the product to your inventory, manage the item digitally, and provide necessary reporting.

#4 Personalization for Efficiency & Preference

On the internal side of the transaction, repair shop POS software should complement your system at every step, allowing for personalized menus and grids. For example, let’s say a specific part sells far and above more than another. Ideally, you’d want that line item easy to access on the transaction menu, above those that you don’t sell as much.

Your POS software should allow that personalization, so you don’t have to go searching every time a customer orders or purchases that product.

Consider taking the personalization a step further. Suppose you were able to also organize your menu by most repaired products? You probably want the latest iPhone and Samsung cell phone models at the top of your list and the older models further down. This will easily save time for you and the customer.

Repair Software, POS Systems, Integrations – Get It All With RepairQ

With every new development in payment processing and device technology, there comes a new need for point-of-sale systems to follow suit. Best industry practices regularly change and so do payment-related securities and CRM requirements. Make sure you’re keeping your POS up-to-date with the most efficient software available.

Learn how RepairQ can help. Fill out the contact form to get started.

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June 1, 2022

4 Tips for Good Inventory Management in Repair Centers

Repair centers across the nation rely on the well-being of their inventory systems for the sake of profitability and customer happiness. Nothing retains a customer quite like delivering a quality repair efficiently and without delay. Of course, delays in product and parts shipments have lately defined the state of the supply chain and the reverse supply chain.

At RepairQ, we provide software for repair companies that helps improve each step in the repair transaction process – from reception and inventory management to backend point-of-sale finalization. This post is intended to highlight four ways you can better support your repair center inventory systems.

#1 Have Inventory Automations in Place

Arguably the most important element of inventory management is maintaining up-to-date automation programs. When repair parts come and go, particularly in the electronics repair shop industry, it can be easy to lose track of what you’ve got on your shelves.

This is especially the case for repair shop owners who make the repairs themselves and don’t have time to do regular audits. While verification is still an important step, and no automation is perfect, automatically updated inventory software can save you and your employees hours of work.  

Automations Help Prevent Operator Error

Speaking of employees, there’s little you can do to avoid operator error apart from good training and management. Sometimes errors just happen. And when errors affect your inventory, they have the potential to impact everything else. But when your software automatically updates your inventory count, input error is one less thing you’ll have to worry about.

#2 Install a System That’s Easy to Use

Another way of preventing operator error is the second tip we have for this topic: your software should provide an easy-to-use interface for the user. When you install software with an intuitive user interface, you gift yourself with one less complication in the inventory training process and one less chance of operator error.

Additionally, with the help of a simple interface for inventory management, you can instead exhaust your training efforts on what really matters in your business – training for repair and replacement.

#3 Know What’s Coming Down the Industry Pipeline

Especially vital for electronics and tech repair businesses, but relevant for everyone in the repair industry, is the necessity of staying up to date in industry developments. You’ll want to ensure you’re connected to good resources so you can adjust accordingly. That includes relevant magazines, following experts on social media outlets, and attending conferences. 

A new tablet or phone feature could make a significant portion of your inventory obsolete. When you know what’s coming, you can more efficiently manage your inventory without taking a hit to your bottom line.

#4 Label Just About Everything

Our final tip and a simple one to remember is to label everything – shelving, bins and crates, even the items themselves. Labeling not only helps you maintain the practical organization necessary to prevent losses, but it also saves you and your employees time and headaches.

Taking things one step further, your labeling system will be best optimized if you also organize the inventory according to supply and demand. If you need a part or product and it’s one of the hotter items of the season, you’ll want it as close to the backroom entrance as possible. It may seem like a small thing, but it’ll bring smoothness to a transaction and can improve the customer experience.

Software for Repairs, Returns, & Other Reverse Logistics Needs

RepairQ offers affordable software for every step in your repair transaction process. We also have a wealth of resources and knowledge in the industry. When you partner with RepairQ, you gain more than software, you gain the support necessary for efficient internal and customer-facing processes.

Call us today or use the form below to get started. 

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May 19, 2022

The Importance of Customer Convenience in 2022: Appointments & Personalization

In a recently published Forbes article, contributor Brian Solis highlights the many demands for digital advances and convenience in customer-facing portals and interactions. These demands, he claims, are the “result of the pandemic and its acceleration of digital adoption” and that “more and more customers are starting to expect innovative and personalized services that value their time.”  

How can repair shops adhere to such demands? At RepairQ, we provide digital solutions via dynamic repair shop software. We’ve highlighted two significant steps that can help boost your repair service customer relations for 2022.

Make Appointment Scheduling Easy on the Front and Back-End of the Transaction

Customers shouldn’t have to bend over backward to have basic needs met. Creating a convenient appointment system is a priority for repair shop owners to not only provide excellent customer service but also maintain expectations and a stable workload. As you know, there’s more to the repair service job than the customer-facing portion.

Let’s take the appointment factor a step further.

Imagine you’re a customer who has just received an alert that their product repair is complete. How would your ideal notification or email look? Odds are it would include the shop hours, a phone number, and a transaction number. Add to it a link to an online appointment portal and you have a convenient all-in-one system that saves your customer time and a headache. A few thumb clicks and they can move on with their day.

Initiate Personalized Services With Easy, Intuitive Customer Portals

According to the same Forbes article earlier mentioned, “Most consumers, 78%, say they’re more likely to make a purchase when receiving personalized service.” It even goes so far as to speculate that this number will increase as younger generations—whose lives know nothing but e-commerce convenience and the help of artificial intelligence—continue to mold the shape of consumer society.

To achieve this, shop owners can utilize software portals that are intuitive to the needs of the customer and provide easy-to-navigate interfaces. It used to be that features like these were only achievable to the corporation, but those days are quickly disappearing as affordable software for the small business owner rolls out regularly.

In other words, the current generation of customers prefers a screen to an aisle. That’s not to say you should abandon the pursuit of a good in-person experience. But you should meet customers where they’re at and give them menus and interfaces they can work with. That starts with revisiting your business software and utilizing options that integrate internal efficiency with external relations. 

Other Features That Can Support Appointment & Personalization

Consider seeking the following features as they complement and support your move toward a more appointment-centered approach:

  • Communication automation
  • Customer and partner survey utilization
  • Analytics and reporting
  • Personalized messages that go beyond generic form emails or mundane marketing tactics

Read on to see how RepairQ can help you achieve an optimal customer relations approach.

RepairQ – Helping You Grow and Sustain Your Repair Business

Whether you’re the owner of an electronics repair shop or you’re in the need of a niche reverse logistics management solution, RepairQ and its partners have a network of resources and solutions ready for utilization.

Our software brings small to mid-sized repair shops a wide range of features for a reasonable price. These features include point of purchase portals, inventory management assistance, enhanced invoicing systems, and customer relationship management tools.

Use our online contact form to get started.

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May 5, 2022

Opening an Electronics Repair Service Shop? 5 Must-Haves to Get You Started

Maybe you’ve repaired devices on the side for years, helping family members and friends start afresh without having to purchase something new. Or maybe it’s a skill you’ve honed over the years, and you’re now ready to take it to the next level. Whatever your reason for opening a repair shop, you’ll need to pay attention to those vital first steps as you lay the foundation of your business. 

RepairQ provides software solutions for repair service shops in various capacities. We wanted to take the time to highlight the must-haves for electronics repair professionals as they work to support their entrepreneurship and build rapport with customers.

#1 Tips for a Good Electronics Workstation

As you’ve likely anticipated, building an electronics or computer workstation desk is one of your first tasks when you open a repair shop. You can invest in a prebuilt electronics workstation, or you can DIY one and save some money.

A few tips for those workstation DIYers out there:

  • Use sturdy material like solid wood or another nonconductive material like plastic. You can use steel, but you’ll want to ensure the surface is safe from possible conduction.
  • Get a good-quality chair that breathes, supports your back, and complements long work sessions (seriously, you’ll be glad you did).
  • Incorporate electrostatic prevention measures like grounding straps and work mats.
  • Invest in an adjustable lamp for close-up or otherwise difficult-to-see projects.
  • Install easy-to-access storage containers
  • If you haven’t already, start your collection of tools with a bench vise and various-sized clamps.
  • Seek quality testing equipment. Even if you have your own already, consider upgrading to prepare your shop with a fresh set.  

#2 A Network of OEMs and Other Partners

Networking building and partnership acquisition are huge, especially for small business owners looking to get their hands on up-to-date parts and information. That should be a priority if you haven’t started reaching out to manufacturers and distributors yet. It wouldn’t hurt to also keep the competition close and connect with other repair shop owners in the community.

Once you’re good and off the ground, you’ll need to manage these partnerships and stay in the know on necessary software integrations for your internal administrative needs. Despite all the advantages of social media and the hyper connection of western civilization, good ole fashion relationship-building still carries power. 

#3 CRM Software for Quality Customer Interactions

Speaking of relationship management, if your customers appreciate your work, they’ll definitely return. Managing customer relationships will require repair shop CRM software that can not only house vital customer information but also automate communications with them. This way, customers will be notified when their repairs are done. But, more than that, a quality CRM will also help you promote any sales or trade specials you may have.

#4 Touchscreen Point-of-Sale Software for Repair Shops

Point-of-sale software is changing in tech and repair industries. It can do much more than provide the necessary interfaces for your transactions, and it can do so with fewer hardware requirements than older setups. 

Our recommendation? Seek out software that: 

  • Provides easy-to-navigate user interfaces 
  • Is compatible with payments providers like Square or Bluefin
  • Tightly integrates customer and repair data

And, as long as the point-of-sale software you use supports it, you can install a tablet as your transaction point. This alternative should only cost a few hundred dollars and will be efficient for the foreseeable future.

#5 Inventory Management Assistance

Inventory management is huge. If you can start your shop with a competent system, you’ll save yourself a lot of stress in the long run. The right inventory management software will integrate with your sale/trade/purchase transactions and populate parts and device counts accordingly. Some software out there can even help you manage online vs. in-store inventories.

Start Your Repair Shop With RepairQ’s Help

RepairQ offers a wide range of features for repair shop owners looking to keep all their assets in one place. From CRM portals to inventory management, our products can help you get started with confidence. Connect with us today by using the contact form below.  

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April 19, 2022

Is Electronic Device Overheating a Thing of the Past? Researchers Are Closer Than You May Think

Overheating has long been an enemy of electronic device performance. When devices like tablets and cell phones overheat, their performance slows down, parts malfunction, and the devices may stop working altogether. As we’ve continually come to rely more heavily on these devices, the need for optimal device engineering increases – especially as it relates to temperature control.

At RepairQ, we provide software for repair shops seeking operational improvement. We wanted to highlight this most recent scientific advancement as it relates specifically to the electronics repair shop industry and it may have long-term impacts on some of our partners. Read on for more. 

Why Do Electronic Devices Overheat?

The primary reason why devices overheat is that the heat from the device operation must have somewhere to go. If perfected, ideal engineering for these devices would lead to heat transfer occurring at a rapid pace.

Unfortunately, even the best engineers haven’t perfected solutions for efficient thermal conductance (the term for the measurement of thermal energy transfer over a given time). Therefore, electronics can still be prone to overheating despite over a hundred years of related scientific advances in the field.

The Discovery

Late last year, ScienceDaily covered a discovery made by the Georgia Institute of Technology (originally published in Nature Communications). This discovery was the result of experimental approaches to heat transfer in electronics devices. Specifically, they noted an improvement in thermal conductance via phonon mode manipulation.

A Potential Solution

So, what does that mean for electronic devices? According to the article, a greater understanding of these interface modes, and the ability to manipulate them, provides opportunities for enhanced thermal conductance for a wide range of interfaces. 

Taking it one step further: “Breakthroughs in this area could lead to better performance in semiconductors used in satellites, 5G devices, and advanced radar systems, among other devices.”  

The Future of Electronics Repair

Advances like device cooling discoveries are exciting for the electronics manufacturing industries but may lead to negative impacts on the electronics repair industry. Less overheated devices may mean less business for repair shops.

But with every advance in technology comes the need for experts in the technology’s operation. It also doesn’t appear that new electronic device developments are slowing down any time soon. Old issues like overheating may disappear, but it’s likely new reasons for repair will follow.

Reverse Logistics Management Software for Your Repair Shop

Looking to improve your process? Our web-based management and point-of-sale software is designed specifically for repair shops. RepairQ’s features include:

  • Inventory management assistance
  • Automated communications for customer interaction
  • Device visibility throughout the repair process
  • A point of purchase system that allows for selling and trading
  • Secure transaction portals
  • CRM-inspired customer opportunities

RepairQ’s interfaces are user-friendly and may be personalized to meet the needs of your business. We also offer annual or monthly billing options. Connect with us online by using the contact form below.