Sam Allen

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ScanCafe CEO Sam Allen weighs in on industry events, company news, and more.

Volcanoes, Who Knew?

Cots at Chicago O'Hare Airport
Like a lot of folks, including the europe-bound travelers who had to sleep at O’Hare Airport last week (see picture), we were surprised at the impact that the recent volcanic eruptions in Iceland have had on air travel. It turns out that because Europe’s air space is so confined, flights have few options for re-routing around the clouds of volcanic ash. Consequently, the biggest disruption to European air traffic since World War II happened last week. And finally, today, it seems to be easing.
Some ScanCafe customers have been affected by the disruptions, since some of our air freight routes go through Europe. We’ll be in touch with everybody who’s affected, but it’s good to know that the worst is behind us.
In the meantime, we can all go back to sleeping at home, instead of the airport.

Honor our furry friends

We love preserving family memories, but to date we’ve overlooked a furry fixture of many people’s families and childhoods: a beloved pet. Well, pets need to be remembered, too!
So this weekend at ScanCafe, we are celebrating the upcoming Pet Owners Day by asking folks to share a memory of a pet who was special to you in the past.
Just go ahead and share your memory with us in the comments below. Or, if you would like to share a picture as well, you can post it on our Facebook fan page.

Holiday Photo Caption Contest

Insert your caption here to win!

Congrats to Richard, whose post #72 wins the prize–all of his scanning charges, waived!

The holidays are always full of everything–the good, the bad, and the ugly. And also, we should say, the hilarious.

The photo above is from one of our employee family collections (scanned by ScanCafe, naturally). For fun, write your own funny, fitting, and clever caption for this photo. On Monday, we’ll choose a winner from among all the folks who place orders this weekend, and we’ll waive all scanning charges on their order!

Just post your caption by commenting on this blog post below. Be sure to use the same email address that you used in your order with us, so we can contact you if you win.

Your Most Memorable Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving (we suppose along with Christmas) is a holiday that is perhaps uniquely enriched with a sense of the past. This year’s turkey has to get compared to last year’s, and some family member is sure to reminisce to a child at the table about what Thanksgiving was like when HE was little. It almost always works out and turns into the holiday we are hoping for, but not without a few bumps along the way. Tell us about your most memorable Thanksgiving–no holds barred!

For me, I think the Thanksgiving I remember most is actually my first away from home, freshman year in college, when I took the old Pan Am shuttle down to New York to encounter it for the first time. For a small-town Southerner, New York was an eye-opener, not least because an elderly woman in a mink passed me on the sidewalk and told me to get out the way in language I didn’t think anybody used, much less little old ladies!

What was your most memorable Thanksgiving?

Holiday Shipping Dates at ScanCafe

There are 4 kinds of holiday-related ScanCafe gifts that we can deliver by December 23, 2009, depending on when you place your order:

ScanCafe scanning order NEW! With Express Service, available as a small surcharge per order of 400 standard media images or less, you can place your order and ship to us as late as Saturday, December 12, and you’ll able to download your high-resolution scans on Christmas Eve.
For orders of 1,000 scans or less, holiday delivery was guaranteed if you shipped your order to us by November 17th, via UPS Ground. To ensure holiday delivery, however, you must immediately complete the review and checkout process once your scans are online (within 24 hours).
ScanCafe Gift Card For physical delivery, order must be placed online by December 10. For electronic delivery, order may be placed as late as Christmas Day!
ScanCafe Gift Box, complete For Gift Boxes to be completed and returned in time for December 23, we need to receive the Gift Box, filled with images, in Burlingame, CA by November 21st.
ScanCafe Gift Box, empty For an empty Gift Box to arrive at your recipient’s address by December 23, you would need to place your order (using standard delivery) by December 7. Using Next Business Day delivery, it must be placed by 1pm PT on December 18.