Case Study - Forklifts of St. Louis

After enlisting the help of Bundy & Associates to streamline their communications and install a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system, Forklifts of St. Louis realized several significant benefits. The company:

  • reduced their monthly phone bill by $750
  • interoffice calls are now at no charge
  • avoided the purchase of a new phone system which can typically cost between $20,000 to $50,000

Forklifts of St. Louis, a full line dealer of Material Handling Equipment and services, has served Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois since 1947. During their 70+ years in business, FSL has developed into a leading regional distributor of Material Handling Equipment as a result of their large selection of high-quality products, as well as their commitment to providing their customers with unparalleled service and attention to detail.

In order to maintain a high level of customer service and keep their operations running as smoothly as possible, FSL counts on their communications infrastructure to be up and running at all times. However, in mid-2012 they encountered a problem: one of the phone lines in their St. Louis office started sporadically experiencing poor service – audio cutting in and out, crackling, and poor quality.


 

...there were even more benefits that came along with their VoIP system, such as no additional charges for interoffice calls across state lines.

 

FSL tapped their IT services partner, Bundy & Associates, to troubleshoot the problem, and they determined the root cause. But after instructing FSL’s phone service provider at the time to fix the bad line, Bundy & Associates noticed they still had a major issue: FSL was paying an exorbitant amount for their phone service – over $1,000/month.

Seeing that there was an opportunity for significant cost savings, Bundy & Associates’ resident Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) expert Jared Busch decided to study FSL’s existing phone system and come up with a much more efficient solution. Jared proposed that FSL switch from their outdated legacy phone system to a cloud-based VoIP system that could be tailored to their specific needs, and FSL eagerly accepted.

Jared was able to seamlessly deploy the new VoIP system for FSL and their three sister locations (Cape Girardeau and Jefferson City, MO + Quincy, IL), as well as a single remote worker living in Iowa. In order to make the transition as smooth as possible for their employees, Jared had them place their new Internet-connected desk phone next to their old landline phone to practice using the new device. Since the physical differences between the phones were miniscule, the employees adapted quickly and then got rid of the landline phones and service altogether.

After the new VoIP system was up and running, the benefits were evident: their new phone bill was less than $250/month for all four offices, compared to over $1,000/month using the legacy phone system. That’s over $750 saved every month!


Monthly Phone Bill


FSL was delighted when they realized there were even more benefits that came along with their VoIP system, such as no additional charges for interoffice calls across state lines. FSL also avoided another imminent issue – having to pay to replace their aging PBX phone system, which can cost up to $1,000 per employee to install.

Another benefit was found in their new hardware: the new VoIP desk phones could be easily and affordably replaced if one was damaged or malfunctioned, whereas their old desk phones and parts for their PBX on the wall were difficult if not impossible to find. They had to look on the used market sometimes even resorting to eBay to try to find pricey replacements. It’s been eight years since Forklifts of St. Louis made the switch to VoIP, and they are still reaping the rewards while happily using a consistent and stable phone system.

Your business should definitely be able to save money and increase efficiency through a VoIP system. Bundy & Associates can help you determine which VoIP solution is right for you! We are true consultants in that we charge only for our expertise; we don't sell devices or phone services, only knowledge. Plus, your first consultation is free!

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