Coming Soon: Digital Signatures from AAR!

by Tom Farley on December 28, 2010

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It wasn’t long ago that I asked if you would e-sig. You responded quite emphatically… “Yes!”

That started a process in which 2010 AAR President Holly Eslinger and her leadership team of Duane Fouts, Holly Mabery, Jack Woerner and AAR staff began researching which company would be the best choice to provide AAR’s digital signature member benefit. We investigated several different providers, including EchoSign, eOriginal, Authentisign, DocuSign®, zipLogix Digital Ink™ and AlphaTrust. All of these companies are good companies with good products. We appreciate the time and effort each provided in answering our questions and providing responses to our requests for proposals.

In the end, AAR chose zipLogix Digital Ink™ to provide digital signatures as our latest member benefit. This benefit is provided to you as part of your current AAR dues and requires no monthly fees or annual contracts with the vendor.

This benefit will allow you to email your customers AAR forms to sign digitally–no printing, faxing or driving around town to get the forms signed. This new efficiency tool will reduce your costs, save you time and reduce delay. Your customers will also find this a time saver and convenient way of working with you during their purchase or lease. Everyone is going paperless!

We are currently working with zipLogix to ensure that this new member benefit works seamlessly with our electronic forms through zipForm® 6. We are also working to ensure that the product works in multiple browsers, that it is intuitive and that you can add documents that are not contained in your zipForm® library that require signature. Our staff is testing the product and suggesting changes to the vendor. Our target date for release is mid-first quarter 2011.

Two digital signature options will be available and integrated with AAR forms in zipForm® 6: zipLogix Digital Ink™ and DocuSign®. Digital Ink™ will be a member benefit paid for by AAR. DocuSign® requires you to have a separate agreement and pay a fee to the company.

With the addition of digital signatures as a member benefit, AAR is striving to help you and your business succeed. This latest benefit added under the Business Services Department at the association continues our efforts to help you go totally electronic and paperless. AAR Transaction Management through SureClose, AAR electronic forms through zipForm® 6 and now AAR digital signatures through Digital Ink™ —what could be next? Maybe the Arizona Integrated Business Platform? Stay tuned for more on that idea in a future blog post.

Phil @ John Hall & Associates December 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Thank you Tom! Looking forward to hearing more about the Arizona Integrated Business Platform.

Joeann Fossland December 29, 2010 at 7:54 am

We are SO lucky in A Z to have leadership that continues to provide cool member benefits. Thank you AAR
Here’s to a great 2011

Jay Thompson December 29, 2010 at 10:03 am

Like! And I’ll second Joeann’s comment…

Carmen Brodeur December 29, 2010 at 10:17 am

I love e-signatures. We use docusign for all of our contracts and our clients have loved it. Glad Arizona has embraced this technology.

Dean Ouellette December 29, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Love love love docusign, but willing to give this a shot. One issue I am seeing (doing ALL my contracts in e-sigs) is banks seem to be going the wrong way on e-sigs. Seems more and more are now not taking them. Hopefully with more of us using them that will change.

Don Mertes December 30, 2010 at 9:58 am

I’ve used docusign for over 5 years and it’s become an integral part of how I do business. My new clients can’t believe how simple the process is. The ONLY drawback over the years has been the expense. After a busy month, my docusign bill has been over $100! So, I’m exited to see that AAR will be helping to keep this expense down from now on. Thanks!

jim little December 31, 2010 at 4:06 pm

So, how soon is soon?

Jay Thompson December 31, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Jim – it’s in the article: “Our target date for release is mid-first quarter 2011.”

jim little December 31, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Thanks Jay, missed it.

Suzanne White January 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Can’t wait, when will it take effect?

Jay Thompson January 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

Suzanne – it’s in the article: “Our target date for release is mid-first quarter 2011.”


Steffy Hristova January 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Both clients and i love the e-signatures. I was happy yesterday to find out that a bank that was not accepting electronic signatures a year ago, actually started doing so, too.

Susan Talarico January 4, 2011 at 11:13 am

Can’t wait. Started using DocuSign and my clients love (as do I). 🙂
Thanks Tom and AAR.

Heena Khatri January 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Thanks, Tom. This is great news! We’ve been subscribing to docusign… and really looking forward to this value added benefit.

Mike McInteer January 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Will be able to use it on our documents in our computer or just zip forms as it is now, which really sucks.

Phyllis Borchardt January 8, 2011 at 9:41 am

Thank you for the plan to add the electronic signatures. I have been using Docusign and find it a super plus for handing documents in a timely fashion and the vast majority of my clients likewise have found it a user friendly way to sign the multiple documents in a contract package. Next step is to get the lenders out there on board and accepting esignatures.

Sage Dillon January 10, 2011 at 9:32 am

Mike, as was mentioned in the post, we are working with zipLogix to ensure that you can add documents that are not contained in your zipForm® library that require signature. So that’s good news! 🙂

Phil Sexton January 10, 2011 at 9:34 am

Hi Mike,
Short answer: Yes. Zipvault is going to allow you to upload non-zipform docs for storage and signatures.

Deedee Schwab January 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I have just paid DocuSign for a year, you mentioned that we will have access to Ziplogix and DocuSign thru Zipform and AAR, is there a difference between the two? Why would I pay a fee to DocuSign if the Ziplogix will be part of our AAR dues?

Adele Coffman January 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

WHoooooHOooooo…. I have been working with so many out of state buyers the I can not imagine living with out Docusign…can’t wait to test drive the new company….

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