SOURCE: Locqus

October 02, 2014 13:00 ET

Locqus Officially Launches to 'Uberize' the Daily Life of Plumbers, Electricians and Landscapers With Frictionless Payments, Exact Arrival Times and More for Roughly 100 Million North American Service Industry Workers and the Small Businesses That Employ Them

New Platform Increases Revenue and Efficiency for Small Business While Bringing Happiness to Customers With Predictable Arrival Times and No More Paper Invoices

DETROIT, MI--(Marketwired - Oct 2, 2014) - Today, Locqus, a company that's built a service to help businesses manage sales, jobs, billing, and employees in the field, is officially launching with a robust web platform and a free iOS and Android app now available for download. Locqus consolidates management tools like vehicle tracking, payment processing, job progress and more, saving millions of dollars for service-based industries.

Field service employees such as plumbers, electricians, and landscapers -- one-third of the U.S. population -- often spend weeks chasing down invoices from customers who won't pay, wasting unrecoverable time. Companies are in desperate need of a solution, but today's options only offer them small pieces of the total platform they need.

Enter Locqus:

The company provides a complete set of tools for managers and dispatchers like vehicle tracking, billing, financing, inventory, and scheduling -- which usually cost millions of dollars -- for free, at your fingertips. When workers are unexpectedly delayed due to poor weather conditions or traffic, for instance, managers are able to reroute their technicians so that customers aren't left waiting hours wondering when they'll arrive. Streamlining standalone operational services like GPS tracking, on-site payments, and billing and invoice, cuts down on expenses and empowers businesses to grow.

"Traditional pen and paper methods that people rely on for scheduling and assigning work, notifying customers of delays, and monitoring payments have all moved to mobile," says CEO Sandy Kronenberg. "Problem is, there is no one solution that integrates all these operational needs at a reasonable price. Locqus aims to fix this, providing countless businesses of every size with what they need to properly manage workers, increase productivity, and drive profitability."

How can Locqus help decrease operational cost and increase revenue:
1.) Track workers' whereabouts: With features like En Route Notifications and Geo-Location tracking, customers and team members can stay updated with precise locations and estimated time of arrival at any given point.
2.) Monitor billing and payments: Locqus accepts debit and credit card payments via mobile device or the web platform at competitive rates. On-site payment processing lets customers pay immediately after a job is done, eliminating the hours wasted tracking down unpaid invoices.
3.) Keep customers informed: Employees can send SMS reminders and/or e-mail messages to customers to update them on the status of any job.

The Detroit-based company is also announcing that it has raised $2 million in funding. In addition, it has partnered with Moneris Solutions Corporation, a top ten global acquirer processing over three billion transactions per year, in the form of a seven-figure referral partnership and marketing agreement.

"The key to empowering small to medium-sized businesses is to provide efficient, intuitive and secure management tools. Our on-site payment processing technology combined with Locqus' platform will set a foundation to help businesses grow," said Angela Brown, CEO of Moneris Solutions. "We are confident that Locqus is making the success of service-based businesses -- with increased customer satisfaction -- more achievable than before."

Over 100 million Americans and Canadians make up the field service industry working in jobs such as maintenance, repair, and installation. By mobilizing the workforce in one, all-encompassing service, Locqus is helping businesses thrive.

To learn more about Locqus, please visit www.locqus.com.
Download Locqus for iOS here.
Download Locqus for Android here.

About Locqus
Locqus is a free service that helps small and mid-sized businesses with a mobile workforce manage sales, jobs, billing and accounting, and employees. Many businesses turn to numerous platforms for their needs, ranging from accounting to payments to tracking and managing tasks. Locqus offers a one-stop, streamlined solution encompassing all of these services in one platform. With its comprehensive suite of capabilities all in one app, Locqus is modernizing the mobile workforce for field management professionals in industries such as contracting, plumbing, pest control, HVAC, landscaping and more. For more information, visit www.locqus.com.

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