Held on the last Thursday of October, AIIM’s World Paper Free Day is a time for managers, IT departments, compliance officers and records managers – essentially anyone reliant on paper trails to rethink the paper habit and eliminate paper-based bottlenecks from processes. AIIM’s Industry Watch report (http://www.aiim.org/
“The predictions in the 70s for a PC on every desk and a paperless office contradicted each other creating a significant disconnect. Desktop computers connected to high-speed printers, copiers and fax machines fueled paper trails rather than paperless processes,” said AIIM President John Mancini. “With laptops, tablets and smart phones prevalent today, it is a necessity for companies to rethink paper use and be able to respond in a time-frame customers and employees have come to expect from consumer interactions.”
AIIM finds going paper-less continues to be a challenge and unproductive habits persist. The AIIM Industry Watch report issued earlier this year shows 35 percent of organisations reducing paper consumption with the majority achieving payback in 18 months or less for scanning and capture projects. Typical improvements in customer response times are two and three times faster with many cases being five to 10 times faster. Despite the benefits, 77 percent of invoices that arrive as PDF attachments are printed, 31 percent of fax invoices are printed and then re-scanned and 32 percent of businesses report using more paper and doing more photocopying.
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While it’s good to be green, less paper also makes good business sense and the AIIM handbook can guide managers through prescriptive practices and offer quick tips that can be used to implement paper-less business processes.
To learn why AIIM is calling for paper to take a day off join AIIM’s World Paper-free ‘Tweet Jams’ on October 18 and October 25 at 11:00 a.m. EDT by following or including the #wpfd hashtag. For more information on AIIM World Paper Free Day, details on the tweet jams and to download “The Paper-Free Process Revolution Handbook,” visit www.aiim.org/
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