When it comes to running a business, adopting new technologies can often feel daunting. After all, learning how to use new software is challenging, and innovation can sometimes slow down productivity as employees adapt to new systems.
For hundreds of years, we’ve relied on paper to run businesses, whether it’s in offices or in retail storefronts, but in the past decade, more and more businesses have been reducing their paper trail — some choosing to eliminate paper altogether.
There are many reasons for a business to go paperless, and it’s not only about saving the environment. Today’s shoppers are Internet savvy. They spend most of their lives on computers, tablets, and smartphones (around 8 hours and 41 minutes daily, based on one study). They crave efficiency and opt to spend their dollars on experiences that are streamlined and customized. When it comes to point of sales, the use of credit and debit cards over cash and checks are at an all-time high. The last thing any customer wants is another paper receipt cluttering their wallet.
It’s time retailers caught up, and the good news is that going paperless can be relatively simple for most businesses. Here, we’ll discuss a few reasons why it makes sense to reduce the amount of paper used in your business, and more importantly, provide ways you can implement digital solutions into your operations right away.