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What is records management?
There are many, though similar, definitions of records management. One common one is “the field of management responsible for the systematic control of the creation, maintenance, use, and disposition of records.
Records management addresses the life cycle of records. The life cycle usually consists of three stages:
In recent years the definition of ‘records’ has grown. It now includes faxes and electronic records such as emails, computer backups, images, video and audio recordings, as well as traditional paper records.
How long has GRM been in business?
GRM was founded out of the moving industry in New York City in 1987 out of demand from our business clients who were looking for a more cost effective alternative for managing expensive real estate space. Early on, this positioning resonated throughout the business community. In search of more attentive service and a commitment to cutting edge technology, prominent law and accounting firms, financial institutions, entertainment and insurance companies as well as non-profit organizations soon flocked to GRM.
The GRM Online Records Center Acceptable Use Policy document can be found on the “Customer Access” page, which is linked on our homepage OR by simply clicking here.
Offsite records management allows an organization to increase security and efficiency and to reduce costs. Since records contain information, a valuable resource, it is essential to take a systematic approach to the management of records. GRM’s offsite records management:
It depends on the type of record, your industry and its regulations. Generally, records should be kept for seven years, but some records need to be kept for much longer and some for less time. If a record is of historical value, you may retain the record indefinitely.
GRM’s record retention experts can work with your company to help establish a compliant records retention schedule for your organization.
Your paper records are stored in a secure warehouse. We adhere to the strictest security policies in the industry. All your boxes are barcoded and you are provided an online, password protected inventory, allowing you to track each and every record throughout its life cycle.
They will be stored in one of GRM’s data vaults. The vaults are built to meet the strict fire resistant construction standards of the American National Standards Institute and the National Fire Protection Association. The environment, which is designed to preserve and protect data, as well as provide secure video and film storage, is equipped with an independent HVAC system and is computer-monitored to maintain a temperature range between 65° and 68° and relative humidity between 35% and 45%. Key pad entry, motion detectors, heat and smoke detection, CCTV and an FM-200 fire suppression system offer state-of-the-art security and fire protection for all your tape storage needs. And the vault is strategically located to provide rapid disaster recovery services to primary business centers and major hot sites.
Utilizing industry-leading digital document archiving software, GRM EVault recognizes and captures changes to files (at the block level), encrypts the data for enhanced security and compresses it to minimize transmission time. The encrypted data is then sent over the Internet or private telecommunication lines to highly secure offsite Mass Storage Vaults.
A retention program is a well-documented program that tracks records from their inception to their destruction. An inventory of the records disposed of is maintained, including certification that they have been destroyed. Records should never simply be discarded as refuse. Most organizations use processes including pulverization, paper shredding or incineration. GRM also offers certified recycling.
GRM services fourteen major US metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington DC. Our strategic alliances are able to service many other areas. We also have a facility in Lima, Peru as well as six locations in China, including Beijing, Guangdong and Shanghai.
China is the world’s most populous country, among the fastest growing economies and a key trading partner of the United States. Many American companies have offices in China.
With GRM, ordering services has never been easier. You can order instantly and online with our password protected exclusive eAccess technology. I can order via fax. You can order via email or over the phone.
Once you register, you simply go to our website, click on the “Login” button next to the words “Customer Access” in the top right hand corner of the website. You will be taken to another page where you can sign-in to eAccess.
In the Account Users table, a new column appears that has either Restricted, Edit or Bulk Edit listed. This defines what access the user has to view and edit items in the database. Restricted is for Viewing only. This person cannot make any changes to the database. Edit allows the user to make changes to one item at a time. Bulk Edit allows the customer to make changes to more than one item at a time.
Yes. GRM’s eAccess technology allows for customized billing options.
In an industry dependent on deliveries, vehicle operating costs have elevated to levels that GRM can no longer continue to absorb. Effective September 1, 2008, GRM will be implementing a fuel surcharge policy. GRM’s fuel surcharge will only apply to vehicle operated service items and will appear as a surcharge line item on your invoice.
Sliding Scale Surcharge
The GRM fuel surcharge will fluctuate on a sliding scale in conjunction with the rising and falling of On-Highway Fuel Prices as documented by the United States Energy Information Administration. As prices are supplied on a regional basis, each GRM location surcharge will differ according to regions as noted below.
GRM Region, Location
North Atlantic: Boston, N.Y
Central Atlantic: NJ, PA, Baltimore, Washington DC
Lower Atlantic: GA, FL
Southwest: Houston, Dallas, Austin, TX
Midwest: IL, Indianapolis California: San Francisco, Los Angeles
GRM will use $2.00 as its base rate and will adjust up or down according to the fuel reports as provided by the U.S. Retail Motor Gasoline and On-Highway Diesel Fuel as identified in the table below. GRM will use this table to determine the current price of fuel.
GRM has also created a table to calculate surcharges (see GRM Fuel Surcharge). GRM has created this table so its customers can reference and calculate surcharges at any point in time and compare to invoiced totals. Please note each month’s surcharge will be calculated as follows. For example, July’s invoice (for services incurred in June) will be based on price points for June. Please view the most recent On Highway Diesel Fuel Prices as dictated by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Please Note: You will be directed away from GRM’s website. GRM is not responsible for the content or information provided on other websites).
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GRM is the nation’s largest privately held records management company. We have the infrastructure and advanced technology of a multi-million dollar company, but because we are privately held, we report only to our customers. It gives us the flexibility to service your needs in a way that is unprecedented in the records management industry.
GRM is always on the lookout for talented people. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package. Send your resume with your desired location(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can contact us at any time at email@example.com or call 866-947-6932.