Avis relies on Retarus’ Managed Fax Services to handle worldwide rentals

Avis is considered one of the world's top car rental companies, operating in 165 countries, with 5,750 locations. Avis GmbH & Co. KG is based in Oberursel, Germany, with a fleet of 22,000 vehicles in 330 branches. To keep up its success, Avis depends on their communications infrastructure to be absolutely reliable. Retarus Mail2Fax has proven to perfectly meet this requirement.
Customer
Avis GmbH & Co. KG
Industry
Car rental

Initial Situation

High level of service quality
A car rental company's reputation is not only based on the size and age of its fleet or branch network. The quality of its customer service is also of utmost importance. Avis has to prove its outstanding customer service on a daily basis, often challenged by prompt responses to unexpected circumstances. The best example is the 'Avis Assistance' department. When a person is involved in an accident, this department assists in providing a rental car, arranging auto repairs, and informing insurance companies and service stations, to help the customer in what is already a stressful situation. The written correspondence involved in such processes, which amounts to 70,000 documents a year, is proof of just how complex these processes are.

Objective

Optimize communication processes
Due to the nature of Avis Assistance, there are many moving parts, such as clarifying the handover and return of vehicles, and determining who covers costs for rental, repairs, etc. In addition, there are a number of different parties involved such as body shops, insurance companies, and service stations. This generates high volumes of documents that need to be delivered promptly and accurately. Avis therefore needs a form of communication that allows them to easily and quickly reach anyone involved.

Mail2Fax has not only saved us valuable time, but it also provides us with a fast and reliable way to communicate with our partners and insurance companies

Stefan Bode, Director Information Technology, Avis SAP Customer Service Center

Primary Challenges

Faxes keep the engines running
Avis Assistance utilizes Retarus Mail2Fax to handle high transactional document volumes. Retarus Mail2Fax seamlessly integrates into Avis' Lotus Domino/Notes environment, providing Avis with a user friendly, secure and reliable communications platform to send faxes from email clients to each party involved in the process. After minor modifications to their Lotus Domino/Notes infrastructure, and following a brief trial, Avis is now able to handle all their communications processes swiftly and smoothly. Around 40 different templates are utilized - automatically adding address details - to generate reply letters to insurance companies, Avis rental branches, auto repair shops and service stations.

Benefits

Easy implementation, high usability
Retarus Mail2Fax requires no additional investment in hardware, software, phone lines or maintenance. Retarus' data centers have almost unlimited delivery capacity while ensuring cost transparency at all times – you only pay for the pages you actually send. There is no need for training, as users send faxes directly from their email client, utilizing a simple syntax-fax number rather than an email address. The message is sent to Retarus' data centers, and the person who sent the message receives an email containing a delivery confirmation. Retarus Mail2Fax supports all of the usual text processing, spreadsheet, presentation and graphics formats, and also allows users to send both emails and faxes.

Key Benefits

  • Send faxes directly from email clients and applications
  • User training not required
  • No investment required, transparent costs modules
  • No need for additional hardware/software, updates and maintenance

Retarus Services

Retarus Mail2Fax

Conclusion

Streamlined technology, no additional investment
Retarus Mail2Fax was introduced at Avis to offer employees the possibility to easily send both emails and faxes from their desktop. A key benefit of Retarus Mail2Fax is its ease of use and the fact that it is highly integrated within the existing user environment. Avis is not saddled with any unnecessary investments as they only pay for the services they use.

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