Kenwood Records Management in Cedar Rapids has been managing, storing and shredding documents for businesses in Iowa and across the nation for nearly 30 years. While paper documents and microfilm are still popular, more and more businesses are converting files to digital due to safety concerns and costs.
Jeff Wessel, sales manager at Kenwood Records Management in Cedar Rapids works with his team on providing new services for clients. In a recent interview with the Corridor Business Journal, Mr. Wessel explained how natural disasters, such as the flood of 2008, and the digital age have changed the way businesses store their records.
Q: How did the flood of 2008 change the way local companies store their information? Did the recent flood threat bring another influx of business?
A: The flood of 2008 really made businesses aware of the necessity to get their documents off-site and the need to capture these into a digital format. The recent flood was again another reminder of the value of digital imaging.
Q: How had the digital age changed the way records are stored and retrieved?
A: Despite the evolvement of the digital world, many businesses continue to store the hard copy also. The retrieval process has really become much more simplified and quicker because of the easy accessibility digitalizing provides from anywhere.
Q: Has it changed the bottom line for companies to use more digital than paper records?
A: Absolutely. For many reasons, with the greatest value of digital being the money saved, space created, and time saved, which allows companies’ staff to focus on doing what their job requirements are.
Q: Do you still have a fair amount of paper documents that need to be stored or shredded?
A: Yes we continue to provide the secure service of document storage and shredding.
Q: Kenwood has experienced a steady increase in the number of employees in the past several years. What has attributed to that increase?
A: The demand for digital scanning, both local and nationwide, has allowed our business to continue growing each year.
Reprinted from Corridor Business Journal. By Angela Holmes.