RealTime Shredding Expands Installed Base

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The Self-Service Shredder acquisitions include first international sale.

Businesses and residents in two countries can now shred documents and other materials they need to destroy quickly and conveniently, thanks to more installations of The Self-Service Shredder.

Recent placements of the self-service shredding kiosk, from RealTime Shredding, Inc., include the firm's first international sale.

  •     Crown Shred & Recycle Inc. - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  •     Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
  •     Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency - Syracuse, N.Y.
  •     Supplies Etcetera, Inc. - Marshfield, Mass.
  •     The UPS Store - Greenwood Village, Colo.
  •     The UPS Store - Monument, Colo.
  •     The UPS Store/three locations - Tallahassee, Fla. (Dealer: Identity Theft Solutions Corporation)

The installations represent a wide variety of uses for The Self-Service Shredder, says Amanda Verrie, president of RealTime Shredding. Eglin Air Force Base's unit is available only to base staff and residents, while The UPS Store and Supplies Etcetera locations offer use to the public. The UPS Store in Monument, Colo., will even help customers who want to shred volumes of old bills, tax returns, or other documents by burning a CD of the information prior to shredding.

Crown Shred & Recycle, says Verrie, is offering self-service shredding to its mobile shredding customers as an additional service. "We see shredding as a problem worldwide, not only in the United States," she explains, "so we designed the kiosk to handle international currencies with minimal modification."

The Self-Service Shredder cross-cut shreds paper, cardboard, credit cards, paper clips, staples, CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks. The industrial-strength shredder, featuring multiple control points for maximum safety, can shred up to 200 sheets of paper a minute. Depending on the model purchased, The Self-Service Shredder will accept access codes and/or cash. Each customer can program the kiosk for the time/cost package they want to offer.

The Self-Service Shredder is a great step forward in preventing identity theft, says Verrie. Identity theft is now the fastest-growing crime in the United States, according to the National Crime Prevention Council. Last year, more than 9.3 million Americans were the victims of identity theft, resulting in losses to individuals, businesses, and government of $52.6 billion. The Self-Service Shredder helps businesses comply with HIPAA and FACTA document destruction re¬quirements, and ability to see material shredded in real time eliminates worries about personal information being lost or stolen.

RealTime Shredding, Inc. ( develops and markets The Self-Service Shredder as the nation's first self-service shredding kiosk designed specifically for consumers and businesses. The Self-Service Shredder provides a fast, convenient way to shred documents and other materials. Based in Colorado Springs, the woman-owned and -operated company offers multiple kiosk models and options, with purchase, revenue-sharing, and lease plans available.


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