Company meeting = success!

Good evening,

We recently had a meeting with all of the employees, and we went out to BD’s Mongolian Grill to relax, get away, and spend a little time to talk about a lot of business “stuff”.

Watching these guys fry your food in front of you works up an appetite!

Watching these guys fry your food in front of you works up an appetite!

We were able to occupy the entire grill together and it was obvious that there was somewhat of a “silent” competition on who would eat the most hot chili oil, and therefore have the spiciest dish. I know that my mouth was on fire and my sinuses were clear!

It’s a chance for us to get together and get on the same page…of course that’s what a meeting is for. But it’s also a chance for us to get together and spend a little personal time outside of the office so we understand one another.

There’s no question that managing and working with people brings out the best and the worst. My father once told me that when he was a young up-and-coming Silicon Valley hopeful, he went to his boss for some advice. Being a new executive, he figured that his boss would have some insightful tips on how to manage employees. What he got was what most mangers think but never say: “if it were not for the people, my job would be easy.”

I believe that out of all of the management challenges, nothing comes close to managing people. It’s good to get together once in a while and do what’s right. Pay attention, listen, and get some stir fry.

The busy season is upon us, and we are heading into the Holidays this year with a smile. We will see you soon!

Take care, Ryan

Droid Turbo 2 by Motorola with a Shatterproof Screen!

Hello! I’ve seen this commercial on TV a few times, and it’s got me thinking about the repair business and the direction of the technology these days…

I snapped this picture of the TV last night to get a better glimpse of the fine print today.

I snapped this picture of the TV last night to get a better glimpse of the fine print today.

Motorola has developed a new product called “ShatterShield” and guarantees that the screen on your Droid Turbo 2 won’t shatter or crack for 4 years from the original date of purchase. Sounds awesome to me, and many people have made YouTube videos already showing how they are dropping them and how they are not cracking.

Be careful though, the fine print on http://www.motorola.com/shattershield states:

“…scratches and other cosmetic damage, intentional damage or abuse, normal wear and tear and other limitations apply.”

is it possible that dropping your phone and cracking the screen be deemed “abuse?” or even “normal wear and tear”? <— I know it would for my daughter 😉

I'm very curious to see if there is a limit to how many times Motorola will replace a damaged screen, or if they will end up instituting a deductible. This phone does cost over $600 to buy, so maybe they've just built in some extra fluff when it comes to repairing for their customers.

In any case, I applaud Motorola for going the extra mile. Let's see if the other manufacturers jump on the bandwagon and make "breakproof" devices. My gut feeling is that it goes against the basic business model for some of these manufacturing giants…of course they want to sell you a new device when you break yours. Just make sure that you break it and don't abuse it, right?

Hey, have a good evening, Ryan

Another new expansion at Mission Repair.

Hello again,

Just a quick update on the expansion at our Mission Repair location in Lenexa. We just added a new shipping and receiving space that is sure to streamline our process immediately.

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Here’s Lennie after a long hard day at work getting some of the counters installed, I think he must have put in 16 hours of “construction” work on Saturday into the late evening hours. Good job Lennie.

I can’t wait to see this new space when it’s completed. We do have shipping and receiving capability at our location in Mission, Kansas but it’s already cramped in there so I can only imagine how jealous Derrick will be when he sees this. It looks like there’s just a little more tile work to do and some trim work, then this area is ready to house 4 employees. Wonderful.

Speaking of shipping and receiving…did you see my last post about shipping devices into us? Let me remind you that even though we have less than a .1% shipping damage rate, some packages do get damaged or lost in shipping. It doesn’t matter if you use FedEx, UPS or the Post Office, they all do it. Start your repair off right by making sure that you package your device correctly (in a box, not an envelope!) per our online shipping instructions here. It will make life a whole lot easier for you. If you’re local to us and want to stop on by, you don’t need a tape gun for that!

Take care, Ryan

Of course, we service every state in the USA!

Hello friends, I’m back to get a few blogs done. I’ve been fairly quiet the last 5 days due to some personal issues, but rest assured I’ve been right here with you in spirit.

This will be news for some of you but not others…in case you didn’t know, we service every address in the USA. That’s right, just because you’re in Portland, Oregon or Miami, Florida; it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to receive the Awarded Services of Mission Repair. We take mail-ins from every state, every day!

Don't send your iPhone to us in an envelope like this!  You're just looking for trouble here and we won't be able to help.

Don’t send your iPhone to us in an envelope like this! You’re just looking for trouble here and we won’t be able to help.

I want to reiterate some pertinent information that might help you when you send your device in to us; You’ll receive these instructions when you check out with us in an email, but let’s discuss a few items that causes us problems from time to time.

Please DO NOT include accessories such as A/C adapters, cases or earphones (unless you’d like us to test these items for you).

Take your time when packing up your device! The last thing that you’ll want to do is incur additional damage on the way to our Mission Repair facility. Here are a few helpful tips that will make your shipment go smoothly and hassle free. 1. Use a big enough box. We recommend that you have at least 2 inches of padding space around the entire device. If the box is the same size as your item, it will likely incur damage in transit!

2. DO NOT SEND your item in an envelope as there is not enough protection for the unit! Use appropriate padding! Bubble wrap, foam, or even crumpled newspaper will suffice. Wrap the device neatly and securely.

3. Insure your package for the incoming shipment. If you used our email label service please note that there is a maximum of $100 of insurance to cover this shipment. You may choose to send your device in on your own in the event you want more insurance for your device.

4. Seal the package! Don’t forget to tape the box closed.

5. Address the box – We have a designated repair department location for you.

Address your package to:

Mission Repair, Inc.
(ATTN: YOUR ORDER NUMBER)
9214 Marshall Drive
Lenexa, KS 66215

6. Finally, ship your item to us using a reliable carrier (i.e. FedEx, UPS or USPS) You should also insure your package for it’s replacement value, and use a service that you can track so you can view it’s progress into our facility. Mission Repair takes NO responsibility for the arrival of your unit under these conditions. If there is a service failure of any type on it’s way to us, you will need to contact the carrier and file the appropriate claims and/or grievances however we will help out in any way we can. We can help if you use our email label service, but remember that there is only a maximum of $100 insurance even if the device is lost in transit!

Interested in changing your shipping options after you placed your order? Give us a call and we will certainly help you out!

Thanks for your readership. I have a lot more coming!

Ryan