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Grace Under Pressure: Managing Your Business Through A Crisis

Posted On: November 07, 2012

Ten days after Hurricane Sandy touched down on the Tri-State area many businesses – small, medium and large are getting back to normal, or are finding their new normal. Whatever phase your company or business is in the two most important factors that need to be considered are your employees and your clients.

All Star Limousine

Trusted and loyal employees are the backbone of any successful organization. Some employees may have suffered the worst with their lives being washed away with the Hurricane, others may be without electric for weeks or months. Being an understanding employer will be necessary at this time of crisis. Communicating with each employee to assess the magnitude of their damage, and implementing an individual and effective employment plan will help your employees manage stress, and give them a sense of security in a time that seems unstable.

Each employee may have different needs, one might need extra personal or vacation days (without being docked) to work with FEMA, contractors or insurance adjustors; others may need a little more flexibility in their schedule as living without electric or living outside their home requires more time to get out the door, some might need extra time at lunch to wait on long gas line, and others might need their employer to have a higher level of patience’s because they are working remotely out of a local Starbucks, hotel or make-shift satellite office as they work-out the growing pains of their new surroundings.

Developing individual employment plans, providing guidelines, keeping the lines of communication open and helping your employees understand that business has to resume as best a possible despite the added stress of the current conditions will in the long run help your business grow; employee satisfaction, building a strong back-bone of support and loyalty is what every successful company needs.

Keeping your brand identity, and client service at the same level of expertise at time of crisis can be difficult as well. Educate all employees, create a positive but honest message that will be delivered to each client, advising the client: of any specific limitations to client service or business procedures, when the business expects to become fully operational and what 'workarounds' are being implemented will continue to foster and grow your brand loyalty; by effectively and continually communicating with clients, and not hiding behind the crisis will demonstrate that the company is providing the same level of superior service that the client expects, and that your company is working towards the goal of becoming fully operational in the time allowed.

Hurricane Sandy has caused severe damage to the foundation of many, while it will be difficult to rebuild a business, or home, over time it will prove not to be impossible. The same principles (hard work, perseverance, and courage) that were employed to build that business, making a house into a home will prove true for the stages of rebuilding that most are going through at this time of crisis. 

  

AVAILABLE RESOURCES:

Power
LIPA: 1-800-490-0075
ConEd: 1-800-752-6633
National Grid: 1-718-643-4050 or 1-800-465-1212
PSEG: Residential: 1 800-436-7734 / Business: 1-855-249-7734

American Red Cross USA Government, Register for Assistance FEMA

Donation and Volunteer Information
Save The Children
Rockaway Relief
Long Island Food Bank
Long Island Volunteer Center
Broad Channel Fire Department
New York Food Bank
Lower East Side Recovery
Staten Island Recovery
Astoria Recovery
Red Hook Recovery
New Jersey Cares
America Cares
Salvation Army
NY Blood Center

All Star Limousine is a New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Executive Travel services every industry, including but not limited to: to the Finance, Legal, Healthcare, Insurance, Oil and Energy, New Media, Advertising, Technology, Fashion/Retail corporations throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years in the Executive Travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest.

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We Will Prevail

Posted On: November 02, 2012

Devastation, destruction, loss of lives, limited food supply, no electricity, flooding, a possible gas shortage, we are literally living through the worst case scenario that can happen to a major metropolitan city as well as it's four other boroughs (Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island) and Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Westchester.

All Star Limo

It's nothing we have seen before. And as we prepare for recovery, as we try to help our families, friends, or businesses and business partners, we know that we will prevail, that we will go on, and that we will get back to normalcy – we are doing the best we can with the limited resources that we have - it may take some time but we will get there.

Below is a list of resources and website links that may help with your recovery, if you would like to volunteer or make a donation:

 

Traffic and Transit

Transit Tracker from WNYC, is a phenomenal resource to find out about mass transit, closed roadways, bridges and tunnels. 

Long Island Traffic

 

Power
LIPA: 1-800-490-0075
ConEd: 1-800-752-6633
National Grid: 1-718-643-4050 or 1-800-465-1212
PSEG: Residential: 1 800-436-7734 / Business: 1-855-249-7734

American Red Cross USA Government, Register for Assistance FEMA

Donation and Volunteer Information
Save The Children
Rockaway Relief
Long Island Food Bank
Long Island Volunteer Center
Broad Channel Fire Department
New York Food Bank
Lower East Side Recovery
Staten Island Recovery
Astoria Recovery
Red Hook Recovery
New Jersey Cares
America Cares
Salvation Army
NY Blood Center

All Star Limousine is a New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Executive Travel services every industry, including but not limited to: to the Finance, Legal, Healthcare, Insurance, Oil and Energy, New Media, Advertising, Technology, Fashion/Retail corporations throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years in the Executive Travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest.

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Best In Class

Posted On: October 30, 2012


Think-tanks, book-tours, financial round-tables can’t happen with a team of one; in today’s world of business it’s almost impossible to build any business, product, service without a great team of people. And sometimes those amazing employees on your team are across the United States, or in another Country, sometimes you need to collaborate on-site to make “things” happen. And sometimes those on-site collaborations happen in New York and the Tri-State Area, for obvious reasons. Not only because New York is one of the greatest City’s (we are bias!) in the world, but because New York is a hub that offers not only incredible conference venues (think Jacob Javits Center, AMA New York Conference Center, Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center ajust to name a few), but amazing restaurants, entertainment and a wealth of culture, that it makes it a simple pick for a corporation to host an event, conference, a road-show or book tour in this great city, or the surrounding counterparts. The only caveat about using the Tri-State area as a meeting location is navigating the attendees through the hustle and bustle of the roadways. Most meeting planners don’t want their out-of-town guests to rely on the complex subway, train or bus transportation systems because they can make even a native New Yorker go insane! It takes a seasoned professional, a great set of wheels, and above all patience’s to swiftly move through the Tri-State area. At All Star Limousine, we have all three! Our expert Chauffeurs can navigate through the Tri-State area safely, with ease, they understand the roadways, parkways, highways, and of course, we have the best fleet in the industry!

We are proud to introduce our newest addition(s) to our fleet of luxury vehicles:  

All Star Limo Mercedes G5 Sprinter

Mercedes Benz Deluxe G5 Sprinter/Mercedes Benz Sprinter Vans are indeed one the most luxurious ways to move your guests. The G5’s sleek interior is modeled after the Gulf Stream G5 jet aircraft. Its 6’X 43” side door makes for an easy entrance for every passenger to enjoy it’s “Best in Class” interior, the standing height is up to 6’4’’ with plenty of room for your tallest guests. With seating for up to twelve, the leather seats were engineered for comfort, and durability. Luxurious amenities include overhead individual climate control for the front and rear passengers, expansive leg-room, and room for your beverages. The Sprinter Van has maximum capacity for cargo as well, and the safety features include driver and front passenger air-bags, side-curtain and thorax air bags.

Mercedes Sprinter resized 600

Both of these Mercedes Benz Sprinter Vans won the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America award, making these vehicles an easy to choice for all your event planning needs, because moving your out-of-town guests swiftly, seamlessly and in comfort around New York City and the Tri-State Area is no easy task! 

Take an interior tour of the Mercedes Deluxe G5 Sprinter

 All Star Limousine is a New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Executive Travel services every industry, including but not limited to: to the Finance, Legal, Healthcare, Insurance, Oil and Energy, New Media, Advertising, Technology, Fashion/Retail corporations throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years in the Executive Travel industry, our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest.

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Cleanliness IS next to Godliness

Posted On: October 19, 2012

With the cough, cold, stuffy nose season upon us it's more important than ever to protect ourselves against the germs that invade our daily surroundings. And with our busy schedules its very easy to forget to wash our hands or dig for the sanitizer after every encounter that is made with a door handle, ATM machine, or even when buying the morning coffee. Being knocked out by the flu is not something to take lightly, these days missing a day of work is like missing a week, besides there is no chicken soup in the world worth suffering through the achy feverish pains that come along with the flu.

Most health care providers advise to wash our hands as often as we can, with soap and warm water, especially before every meal. But that doesn't seem enough with super germs and super viruses coming at us from every angle, what do we do? Certainly the old elbow arm trick to open doors won't work all the time; how do we protect our business and clients from everyday germs? And as a business owner are you confident that you can manage the cold and flu season with ease?

At All Star Limousine we implement a 12 Point Check System to ensure that our vehicles meet a high level of cleanliness, this system that hasn't failed us yet! Its also imperative to our business and to our clients that we incorporate this system to guarantee that our clients are traveling in an impeccable vehicle every time they travel with us. 

12 Point Check System 

After each ride the Chauffeur is responsible for sanitizing their vehicles with an anti-bacterial organic cleaner by efficiently and effectively wiping down and cleaning:

  • Door handles, inside and out
  • Seats and head cushions
  • Arms rests
  • Seat belt and seat belt locks
  • Windows, windows controls and levers
  • Climate controls and levers
  • Radio nobs
  • Cup holders
  • Ashtrays
  • Privacy dividers
  • Magazine holders
  • Rugs are mini-vacuumed

After each tour our professional detailing team takes each vehicle through our 12 Point Check System again, as well as details and washes each vehicle in our on-site car wash and detailing facility. Our team steam cleans the carpets, seats, head rests; they scrub, polish and sanitize each vehicle from grill to trunk, inside and out before it leaves the door, so yes, All Star Limousines is very confident that we can manage the flu season, the germs have no defense against us!

All Star Limousine is a New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Executive Travel services every industry, including but not limited to: to the Finance, Legal, Healthcare, Insurance, Oil and Energy, New Media, Advertising, Technology, Fashion/Retail corporations throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years in the Executive Travel industry, our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest.

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Best Practices: Travel Logistics Of An Executive Road Show

Posted On: October 04, 2012

All Star Limo In Tunnel

We know that Corporate Meeting Planners can plan an Executive Road Show for up to two years, whether it's an industry-wide conference, investment banking summit, book tour, site visit, or sales meetings there are countless items on their checklists to make sure their Executives are taken care of, that the integrity of their organization stays intact, and we also know that it's not easy to plan any aspect of an Executive Road Show. One of biggest challenges is managing the logistics of corporate travel; ground and air travel are two of the most important pieces of the Executive Road Show puzzle; transporting your Executives to twelve cities in two different countries in ten days can be a logistical nightmare.

Whether Road Show attendees are going from Beijing to Chicago, or from Paris to New York to Austin to Dallas to San Francisco these best practices will help you plan and implement the travel needs of every Executive Road Show, ensuring that Executives arrive on-time, are safe and in the right hands.

  1. Determine if all the Executives participating in the Road Show will be visiting the same countries, and cities, map out where each Executive is going, and their arrival times in each country or city.

  2. Contact each Executive individually to find out what their specific air and ground transportation needs are; getting the Executives involved eases their fears of the unknown and it will also enable you to develop the individual itineraries of each Executive.

  3. Select or contact your Corporate Travel Limousine Company and Travel Agent, make sure they have experienced and dedicated Road Show Coordinators, collaborating with companies that have experience with Road Shows will make your life easier.

  4. Once the itineraries are confirmed share them with your Corporate Travel Limousine Company Road Show Coordinator. The Coordinator will be responsible for providing seamless travel for each Executive as they travel to and from each country and city. The Coordinator will manage every need of the ground or air travel before, and during your Road Show. During the Road Show the ground transportation Coordinator will be your closet friend, they will be in constant communication with you and their chauffeurs, they will monitor any changes that might impact your itineraries: track traffic and airport delays, inform chauffeurs of any last minute changes, or fulfill special requests such as choice of newspapers or beverages. 

  5. Confirm! Confirm! Confirm! Confirm every detail of your Road Show itineraries for each Executive, especially your ground and air travel reservations, ensure that there are no last minute changes and advise your Coordinators of any special requests.

Following these best practices will guarantee that your Executive Road Show goes off without a hitch, and if you do experience a bump in the road your Road Show Coordinator will provide the support you need!

All Star Limousines is a local New York company with an extensive global reach; we have provided expert coordination of Executive Road Shows for over 30 years. We collaborate with local police, traffic coordinators, airport officials and hospitality managers to make sure that everyone gets where they need to be in a timely and efficient manner. Wherever your journey may take you, All Star Limousines can make all the difference in the world. 

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