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CEDARVILLE — Zach Schneider, a senior from Cedarville University, won the App competition sponsored by V.I.P. Waste Services of Columbus, Ohio.

The competition was created by Jesse Lear and Travis Smith, co-founders of V.I.P. Waste Services, after graduating from Cedarville. In an attempt to gain intellectual support for their business, they created the competition among Cedarville students — regardless of academic major. The goal was to create the best mobile application that solves operational challenges in their business.

V.I.P. Waste Services provides doorstep trash and recycling services as a luxury amenity for apartment communities across the Midwest. The company sends professional crews to more than 70 apartment communities multiple nights per week to pick up garbage to haul to trash and recyclable centers. Since apartment communities are often made up of multiple buildings of similar design, it’s challenging for employees to recall which buildings have been serviced.

According to Lear, the company is committed to a top-notch level of excellence in service, and a major part of this is ensuring that they never miss a bag. Schneider developed an app that will help the company systematize this process so that its accuracy, and customer satisfaction, is not impacted because of human error.

Schneider, in his winning app, developed QR codes that will be used to communicate with the app’s sophisticated software so that V.I.P. employees can scan each building with a smart phone. The app then sends this information to a database that automatically updates and organizes information in real-time. Beyond ensuring that all buildings are serviced, this will also allow employees and supervisors to track their progress through each route and ensure that they are staying on track.

Lear and Smith are extremely happy with Schneider’s application and the time and effort that he put into creating it. “As a result of Zach’s work, V.I.P. expects to achieve higher levels of accuracy than ever before,” said Lear.

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