Scoopy Doo NY Introduces Drivers to Telematics

T BUSINESS FLEET July/August 2018

How to Introduce Drivers How to Introduce Drivers to Telematics

To ease the process of introducing a telematics system, fleet operators need to set up an on-boarding process that includes training, discussions on how the systems work, and how they can be beneficial to both management and employees.

BY AMY HERCHER

The use of telematics continues to expand among fleets as companies see the benefits of this technology. Over the years, telematics systems have become a must-have for fleets, and driver acceptance of these systems has grown. But initially telematics wasn’t always well received, especially among drivers.

Jim Coniglione, owner of Scoopy Doo, a pet waste removal service, remembers many of his drivers being apprehensive to the telematics technology when it was first introduced.

“When we first installed telematics, the systems were something new and un- familiar,” says Coniglione, whose company uses TomTom telematics. “The older drivers didn’t think that they would be able to understand the technology.” Additionally, many drivers didn’t like the idea of being monitored all the time. “No one likes the ‘Big Brother’ watch,” says Mitch Bower, dispatcher at Vancou- ver Warehouse and Distribution Co.

To help their drivers become more comfortable with the idea of telematics, fleets need to take the time to train drivers and explain the benefits of telematics, including how it can help the company become more efficient.

INITIAL CONVERSATION

Before installing his company’s telematics systems, Coniglione gathered his drivers for an informational meeting. Scoopy Doo has a fleet of 16 pickup trucks that serve residences in Long Island, Queens, Westchester County, and the Albany area.

“We sat the drivers down and explained that we would be using telematics to make our business more efficient,” he says. “For us, it was more about customer accountability than not trusting our drivers.”

When Scoopy Doo started 18 years ago, drivers filled out paper forms to keep track of each appointment. Not only was it time-consuming, but many drivers would also forget to write down how long they were at each appointment, according to Coniglione. “If a customer said that we didn’t show up or filed a dispute, we would have to go through months of paperwork. I had to hope that the driver wrote down that job as well as the timing.”

A DRIVER’S PERSPECTIVE

For Fred Stroppel, telematics systems were introduced within a year of him starting as a technician for Scoopy Doo. Before telematics, Stroppel and other Scoopy Doo drivers used printed-out sheets to figure out their daily routes.

“It took a little while to adjust to the new telematics systems,” he says. “At first, there was a little trepidation and resistance from the older drivers.’ In addition to being unfamiliar technology, some drivers didn’t like the idea of being tracked.

Once Stroppel realized how telematics could save time during his routes, he says it was easier to embrace the new technology. “I have lived in Long Island my whole life, but the GPS feature guided me down streets that I had never heard of to create more efficient routes.”

For Stroppel, the right management style also plays a part in how the driver will treat the technology system.

“I could see how telematics may appear to be intrusive and prevent a driver from doing his best job if he feels like he is being micromanaged,” he says. “But we don’t feel that at our company. Our manager uses the telematics data to help us. The systems help everything go smoothly when you are connected with the management and they are connected with you.”

If you are doing your job right, in a way telematics can make you look better,” adds Stroppel. “Management can tell if I’m hitting all my marks. And if I need help, the dispatcher knows where I’m located to help.”

Scoopy Doo owner Jim Coniglione says he emphasized to his drivers that telematics would help make the business more efficient and would be used for customer accountability as opposed to not trusting his drivers.

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‘Super-fun’ Jim LIer appears on Discovery’s ‘Sticker Shock’

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‘Super-fun’ Jim Coniglione Scoopy Doo New York, appears on Discovery’s ‘Sticker Shock’

Glen Cove’s Jim Coniglione Scoopy Doo New York finds out how much his vintage Dune Buggy is worth.

Owner Jim Coniglione poses in front of his 1970 VW Dune Buggy. Photo Credit: Discovery Channel

Jim Coniglione’s a real character. Literally: Owner of the Scoopy Doo dog-waste disposal service in Locust Valley, he appears as an extra in the Netflix film “The Week of” (“Fat Italian Wedding Guest”) and Martin Scorsese’s upcoming “The Irishman” (“Teamster”), according to the businessman’s IMDb page. A self-described “entre-manure,” he also dabbles in screenwriting, YouTube videos and reality-TV series, including Discovery’s new “Sticker Shock,” in which folks get their vintage cars appraised — an antiques roadster show, if you will. Coniglione and his 1970 VW Dune Buggy appear on the episode airing Wednesday at 10 p.m.

“I love him — how could you not?” asks appraiser Randy Carlson, who judges whether Coniglione’s vehicle is a coveted Meyers Manx, the first dune buggies with fiberglass bodies. “Such energy — he’s so positive. A real super-fun guy,” Carlson says of the Glen Cove born-and-raised 52-year-old, who owned a tire store before cornering the dog-dung market. “Fun both on and off the set. He’s awesome.”

Take Coniglione’s story about how he got the Dune Buggy. “My doctor, Charlie Gambino, said, ‘You’re too fat!’ So I start walkin’ around” for exercise near his business. Four doors down he saw a Dune Buggy in a home’s garage. “And I go crazy because I love dune buggies! And it’s orange — and I love orange! I put a sticky note on [the owner’s] front door.” You carry sticky notes when you go for walks? “It was close to the office, so I went back to get a sticky. It turned out it was my old mailman from my tire shop! It was sitting outside for, like, seven years. It was in bad shape.”

He bought it for $1,500 and spent a few thousand fixing it up. And while Carlson cautions that dune buggies are “probably one of the least-safe vehicles on the planet, a piece of plastic on a tin [Volkswagen] chassis. In an accident, you are the crumple zone,” Coniglione isn’t deterred from driving it.

“I go everywhere with this thing!” he enthuses. “I’m all over. I drove it up to Bear Mountain, to the Volkswagen festival out there. It passed New York State inspection. They’re a little scared out there in California,” where the appraiser lives, Coniglione jokingly suggests. “This is New York!”

Indeed: His family has lived in Glen Cove for four generations, having emigrated from Sturno, Italy, in the Campania region, and Licodia Eubea, Sicily. One great-grandfather worked for the railroad, one grandfather for Grumman, Coniglione says. “My dad was in the electronics field, a production manager, and my mom worked in the Glen Cove school system,” where Coniglione graduated from high school before going on to a business degree from SUNY Delhi.

His wife, Kathy, and their 14-year-old daughter, Jamie, might soon be able to say Coniglione worked not just in business but in reality TV. “We filmed a pilot [about Scoopy Doo] for Animal Planet four years ago, then they got cold feet because the new CEO thought maybe somebody will be turned off by poo,” he believes. “So we were approached by a new production company out of L.A., and we’re in the process now of developing a new reality show.”

One can only hope that, ahem, it gets picked up.

SCOOPY DOO’S RACCOONS GO VIRAL!

There’s always something making news at Scoopy Doo’s Dog Waste Removal Service.   Sometimes it’s dog poop, sometimes it’s owner Jim Coniglione’s  fervent dedication to various animal causes, and sometimes it’s raccoons!

In case you hadn’t heard, a growing family of wild raccoons has made a nightly ritual of turning up on the Coniglione back porch to enjoy a free dinner provided by Jim himself.  It all started when Jim noticed a raccoon lounging on his back deck, and he threw the unexpected visitor a handful of dry dog food.   The raccoon, who became known fondly as Don Cheech,  returned regularly to enjoy Jim’s hospitality, and he started bringing a few of his comrades, Tessio, Lucabrazzi, and Fredo.  But that was just the beginning; soon there were over 20 raccoons at the back door, waiting to be fed.    As the herd expanded, so did the menu; to date the raccoons have feasted on pancakes, cereal, cannolis, and the daily bag of bagels donated by Sara, who owns the Korean deli next door.

Jim’s rapport with the raccoons was so  strong that he became known locally as the “Coon Whisperer”.  And when he started making videos of his nightly guests, the fame of the raccoons started spreading far and wide.  It was only a matter of time before one of those videos went viral; when the distribution company UNILAD picked up Jim’s video “ Guy Finds Army of Raccoons at His Door”, the views went through the roof.  To date the raccoon video, which features Jim feeding over 40 of his furry friends, has garnered over 7 million views!

While the raccoons are averse to making live appearances, you can always catch Jim at the office of Scoopy Doo, at 177 Forest Avenue in Locust Valley.   Scoopy Doo is the premier poop-scooping service covering the Long Island and Westchester area.  For regular service or a one-time clean-up, give us a call at 516-676-0083; you may even get a chance to talk to the Coon Whisperer himself!

HOLLYWOOD GOES BUGGY FOR SCOOPY DOO!

Look out, Hollywood – here comes Jim Coniglione, the photogenic owner of Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Services, and he’s more than ready for his close-up!   Among his many interests, Jim is a dune buggy aficionado, and over the last few years he has been involved in the loving restoration of a Meyers Manx-style dune buggy circa 1970.  He first spotted the buggy in a neighbor’s garage,  gathering both dust and rust, and he decided to bring it back to its former glory.  After a complete renovation, the gleaming copper-colored dune buggy has become a regular attraction on the North Shore of Long Island, as Jim takes it out for drives by the water and through the rolling estates of Locust Valley and Mill Neck, where Scoopy Doo is the poop-scooping service of choice.

 

It wasn’t long before the entertainment industry got wind of Jim’s dune buggy miracle.  Several production companies made inquiries, and in March 2018 Jim was flown out to Los Angeles to participate in an exciting new reality show geared to car enthusiasts – an automotive-appreciation show, in which various car owners bring in their novelty vehicles to be judged and appraised by experts.   Jim’s dune buggy was shipped overland in a tractor-trailer, and it became a showpiece of the new series.   Jim had a great time performing before the camera – they called him ”One-Take Jim” – and he’s looking forward to the show’s premiere on the Discovery Channel in May.  The title of the show is still under wraps, and we can’t say much more about it, except that it’s going to be a lot of fun!

 

While you’re waiting for Jim’s prime-time debut, you can always catch him live at the office of Scoopy Doo, at 177 Forest Avenue in Locust Valley.  Or give us a call at 516-676-0083; Jim might answer the phone himself, if he’s not in make-up or on the set!

Scoopy Doo Script Reading!

Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Service, the premier waste removal service in the Tri-State  area, is proud to announce that

Actors reading the screenplay “Turdherder! The Movie!”

it recently presented the first script reading of  the  screenplay TURDHERDER! THE MOVIE.

TURDHERDER!  is a wild, raucous, hilariously inappropriate comedy about the messy but marvelous world of dog do.   It’s based on the true-life comic exploits of Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Service’s owner and founder, the King of Poop himself, Jim Coniglione.  Things are definitely moving forward with this down-to-earth poop-scooping extravaganza!

TURDHERDER! THE MOVIE had its first official table read at the Shetler Studios in NYC on July 27, 2016.  The script reading starred a knockout cast of some of New York’s best young actors, and the performance had the small invited audience in stitches as the wild wacky saga of life in the poop-scooping world  sprang to life.

Jim Coniglione surrounded by a starry cast

Leading the cast was Joe Cummings as Jake Walsh, the reluctant turdherder, and Joshua Zisholtz as Phil “Scoop” Scopetti, the proud owner of the premier pet waste removal service on Long Island.  Also featured were Joanna Keylock as Vanessa, Jennifer Jiles as Karen, Jacob Berger as Mikey Coach and Peter Plano in a number of hilarious roles.   Rounding out the cast was Liz Peace, Mark Lobene, Stephanie Iscovitiz, and Kerri Kenny Clegg.  Stage directions were read by Ali Mierzijewski.

The script reading was put together by Donna Grossman Casting, of Manhattan.  Screenwriters Jim Coniglione and Frederick Stroppel were present to take notes and enjoy the show.

Jim Coniglione with actor Peter Plano

Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Service is enormously proud of this first film venture, and already has more story ideas in the pipeline.  There’s no end of poop stories available – they just keep coming!  In the meantime, following up on the success of this initial read, a second reading for backers and industry folk is planned for the fall.  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

he brain trust of the script reading: Donna Grossman, Frederick Stroppel, Jim

SCOOPY DOO and TURDHERDER!

Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Service, the premier waste removal service in the Tri-State  area, is proud to announce that it’s branching out into a whole new arena – the film world – with the hilarious poop-scooping screenplay TURDHERDER!

TURDHERDER!  is a wild, raucous, hilariously inappropriate comedy about the messy but marvelous world of dog do   It’s based on the true-life comic exploits of Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Servicec’s owner and founder, the King of Poop himself, Jim Coniglione.  The story involves Jake Walsh,  an executive who loses his job in Manhattan and takes a job with his old friend Phil “Scoop” Scopetti.  Scoop runs a scooping service on Long Island (yup, he’s a thinly-disguised version of Jim himself!).  Scoop introduces Jake  to the finer points of the business: how to scoop the poop, how to negotiate cranky homeowners and horny housewives, how to keep snarling dogs at bay. There’s an art to turdherding, and Scoop is one of the great practitioners of the form.

Jake is no natural to the job, and his growth process is punctuated by many a misstep (a bucket of turds falls in the pool, a malfunctioning machine strafes a country club with poop pellets, etc) But eventually Jake hits his stride, and he and Scoop make a great team, with exciting plans for the future.   However, when he gets an offer to return to his old job, Jake has to make a momentous decision: return to the world he knows, or follow his bliss as a super scooper?

The script of TURDHERDER! is by screenwriter Frederick Stroppel and Jim Coniglione. It’s a rollicking, fast-paced comedy filled with earthy (literally) scatological humor and a crew of wacky characters, guaranteed to appeal to the 12-year-old in all of us.  Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Service is proud to be a part of this exciting project.  For more info, check out the Turdherder! website.   And of course, if you need any scooping services, make sure you call Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Service at 516-676-0083!

COON CENTRAL AT SCOOPY DOO!

Coon Alert!

Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Services has always been a dog (and dog-owner’s) best friend – you won’t find another business that is more hound-centric than Scoopy Doo.  But we are more than just puppies and poodles.  Scoopy Doo is actively involved in cooperative ventures with animal shelters, pet stores, and pet-groom ing salons, as well as community outreach – we’re one of the sponsors of Glen Cove’s annual Howl-o-ween Pet Parade – all with an eye to providing the best in animal welfare.  And now Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Services has officially become Coon Central!

Every night at owner Jim Coniglione’s house in Glen Cove, as the twilight begins to fall, a gang of amiable raccoons gathers on the back porch to share a meal with Big Jim.  His backyard borders the Garvies Point Nature Preserve, and over the years a raccoon or two has wandered in under the fence to grab a discarded hot dog bun or a corn cob.  Jim, always the animal lover, started feeding the hungry little guys, and now he has a nightly posse of raccoons massing around his back door every night.  On peak nights he has counted 19 to 20!

What does he feed them?   What passes for Coon Cuisine?   Well, dry dog food and cat food at first, but then he began to expand their palates, offering them pizza slices, bagels, spaghetti, cannolis…even Easter peeps!   The raccoons love it all – after eating garbage most of the time, this has been a huge culinary upgrade.  Jim has gotten to know the raccoons so well, he’s given them distinctive names:  Don Cheech, Fredo, Clemenza, Tessio, Frankie Five- Angels, Lucabrazzi…sound familiar?  It’s a reincarnation of Corleones. Even one-eyed Moe Green makes an appearance on Jim’s porch.  So next time you think Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Services is just about dogs, remember that coons gotta eat (and poop), too!

By the way, if you’re in need of Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Services, call us at 516-676-0083!

SCOOPY DOO COOKS YOUR GOOSE!

Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Service is, as our name suggests, a company dedicated to the cleaning and disposal of canine waste from our yards and lawns – indeed, we are the premier such service on Long Island and Westchester.  Over the years we have refined this process into an absolute science, with our patented buckets and grid-pattern yard coverage.  Owner Jim Coniglione has overseen the development of Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Service over the years and managed every aspect of it with care and affection, and he is justifiably proud of what he has accomplished.

But dog waste is not our only focus – Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Service also removes goose waste from our parks and larger yards.  The many estates and public spaces on Long Island have been targeted for years by the omnipresent Canada geese – their conical droppings have ruined many a picnic and golf outing.  Fortunately, Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Service has many weapons in its arsenal to combat goose waste, including our own invention, the GSS 1000 Turbo Goose Vacuum and Smart Sweep System.

Scoopy Doo Goes Buggy!

Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Services is proud to announce a new and exciting addition to the Scoopy Doo fleet of state-of-the-art scooping trucks.It’s the Scoopy Doo Dune Buggy!    It proudly joins the ranks of the Scoopy Doo elite trucks, alongside Black Betty, Purple Haze, Whitey, and the rest of the crew.  Rescued from the dump heap by the ever astute and far-sighted owner of Scoopy Doo, Jim Coniglione, the Dune Buggy has been restored and refitted by Scoopy Doo’s ace mechanic and magician, Jose, to a degree unheard-of.  This baby can now prowl the streets of Nassau County, from the Gold Coast to the South Shore, like a copper cougar, and make poop-scooping the essence of cool.  So if you want your yard serviced in style, order this sporty stream-lined mean machine to do the trick!

Just kidding.  This Dune Buggy is for Jim Coniglione’s personal use only.  Let’s face it,  it’s not really practical for the needs of a poop-scooping service.   No place for the buckets, no place for the rakes. And why would you want bags of dog poop bouncing around in your vintage vehicle?    But don’t worry, Scoopy Doo still has plenty of trucks to take care of everyone’s poop-scooping needs.  Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Service has always prided itself on having the most efficient, eye-catching trucks in the business, combining comical slogans (“We take a lotta crap from our customers!” and “No poo on your shoe!”) with tasteful, integrated designs.  And the Scoopy logo – our mascot Stinkfoot chasing a bouncing turd with a shovel – has become an endearing symbol of our dedication to the job at hand.  So when you need a delicate job done, Scoopy Doo should be the one you call, at 516-676-0083.   And maybe, just maybe, Jim will come tooling up in his famous dune buggy to scope out the job.

A Scoopy Doo Storm Calamity

Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Services is reknowned for its fleet of classic scooping trucks, perhaps the most iconic of them all being the inimitable machine “Purple Haze”.  The Haze has cruised the roads and byways of Long Island’s North Shore for the past seven years, servicing the great estates and the simple everyday yards with equal efficiency and aplomb.   With Brian Ramskill at the wheel, Purple Haze has established itself as a legendary flagship of the Scoopy Doo fleet.   The smiles and waves from pedestrians and passing cars was a daily testament to its local fame.

But Last Tuesday, a nor’easter  blew up the coast and landed some haymakers on the North Shore.   Sad to report, Purple Haze was one of the casualties.  At the height of the storm, a huge tree fell and landed directly on the unwitting truck. Disaster!   Owner Jim Coniglione rushed up to the site of the accident, but there was nothing to be done.  The tree had smashed the bed of the truck!

The turd technicians of Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Services were saddened by the news – in fact, they were crushed, which was appropriate under the circumstances.   After so many years of yeoman service, Purple Haze had become like a member of the family, a symbol of the company’s grit and indomitability.  To see it laid low, with so little hope for survival, was a deep blow to company morale.

But just when things looked darkest, the resident mechanic of Scoopy Doo Dog Waste Removal Services, Jose, worked his engineering magic on Purple Haze, and lo and behold, in a day or so it was back in service.  Not only was the truck bed repaired, but the Ramskill-abused shocks were replaced, and now the truck is running better than ever.  Purple Haze lives to scoop again!