The QLess Blog

Skip the Fracking Lines

Nov 29 By Alex Bäcker | Categories: Government

When it comes time to be heard on an issue that is sensitive to public policy and personal convictions, the governing body has an obligation to listen to its constituents and gather information and insights before rendering decisions. Municipalities small and large face issue ranging from smoking bans to permitting to budget. This week in Manhattan, the sensitive topic of hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as Fracking, comes to light in public hearings that are expected to draw extremely long lines of people waiting to be heard. And guess what happens when people endure long lines and tireless hours waiting to be heard in these public forums? You guessed it. They get angry. Let's put an end to the disorderly and ring in a better way to let voices be heard with QLess.

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At the top of my holiday list: pictures with Santa without the wait

Nov 27 By Alex Bäcker | Categories: Retail

For any parent, seeing your young child meet Santa, sit on his lap and share her Christmas wish list is a time-honored tradition. Extending the holiday shopping season means there are more opportunities for the kids to see Santa, and more locations to do so as well. At the same time, the outfits have gotten more high-tech and opportunistic. Now, there are professionally-taken photographs and packages that can be ordered, limitations on personal camera use, and even candy and hot chocolate buying opportunities in some high-end malls. And unfortunately, most have one thing in common beyond the jolly man with long white beard: the wait in line. Kids don't want to wait. Adults don't want to wait. Frankly, we'd rather be spending money at other stores than spend it standing among crying toddlers. Luckily, there are now several malls where Santa uses QLess to virtually manage long lines, so we as parents don't have to stand in them!

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30 hours in line - oh my!

Nov 27 By Alex Bäcker | Categories: Retail

The Thanksgiving holiday means retail deals like no other and lines like no other. While not all result in pepper spray to get ahead, most involve spending far more time waiting line than most can or care to stomach. A father and son team in Flagstaff, AZ spent over 30 hours waiting for color coded vouchers at Best Buy. Their entire turkey day was turkey-less. What if you could have your turkey and eat it too? Well...with QLess you can. Retailers can manage lines virtually so consumers get what they want in an orderly, pepper spray-free environment, so they can spend time with friends and family instead of wasting it in line.

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Black Friday 2011 is coming - are you ready?

Nov 13 By Alex Bäcker | Categories: Retail

This year it is starting earlier than ever, but so far, the results have been largely the same. Long lines and big headaches. Every year we hear the stories of people camping out, going sleep deprived - and even getting downright nasty (taking cues from the honey badger). Luckily, Walmart and other retailers have started early so you can experience the frustration earlier than ever. Get a glimpse of some interesting tips here. And if you're searching for luxury timepiece for someone on your list, the Tourneau store in NYC uses QLess so you won't have to wait in line. Have you got an early Black Friday experience to share? Let us know.

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Isn't dental work painful enough?

Nov 11 By Alex Bäcker | Categories: Healthcare

Many people fear the dentist more than any other common human experience (even more than marriage). They agonize over the drill, the smoke, the sounds, latex - you name it. But for some it comes with an additional price. On this Veteran's day it has been brought to light that many of those who have served in the armed forces so courageously are faced with the additional frustration of waiting in exorbitant lines for free dental work. It is truly a tragedy that so many Veterans return home, struggle to make a living and have to wait for hours for healthcare. QLess can help end the wait for these heroes.

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Waiting for new iPhone in Hong Kong - chaos ensues

Nov 10 By Alex Bäcker | Categories: Retail

You'd think that a brand as innovative as Apple would leverage its own technological and process design assets to take the pain of out its product release. And professional queuers? Check out this article and video to see the chaos in action. There's certainly a much more affordable and customer-friendly way to solve this challenge - QLess.

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This election day, let's deprive people of some rights in Lauderdale County

Nov 09 By Alex Bäcker | Categories: Government

I'll be the first to admit that when it comes to exercising your right to vote, we have a better job as a nation to do in making sure people are both aware of the issues and able to actually make their vote count. That said, when people make the effort to do so with pride and conviction, shouldn't the government at least be prepared? In yet another case of voter administration challenge (just wait until the next election phase really comes into full swing), people were denied a right to vote, actively being discouraged due to long lines. See the full post here. Let's make it easy on people in the future Mississippi, let's make sure every willing voter gets to cast their interest -and that it is counted, not discounted. It can be done with QLess.

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