8 Reminders About Why World Paper Free Day Matters
John Mancini

By: John Mancini on August 10th, 2016

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8 Reminders About Why World Paper Free Day Matters

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Just a reminder, World Paper Free Day is November 4!  Just around the corner!  

Bookmark THIS LINK to stay informed about the latest plans.  There are a lot of exciting new things coming.


In the meantime, here's 8 paperfree nuggets to get the juices flowing.  You can get the full Executive Summary of last year's Paper-Free Industry Study HERE.

  1. Paper in the Office-only 17% of respondents work in what could be described as a paper-free office. 31% admit their office is piled high with paper documents and paper processes. 40% still use paper for filing “important stuff," and 56% are wed to signatures on paper for contracts and order forms.
  2. 20% report that their consumption of paper is increasing; but for 49% it is decreasing, including 11% where it is decreasing rapidly. This 2015 net of 29% compares with 23% net in 2014 and 3% net in 2011.
  3. 55% report that paper flowing through their processes is decreasing including 12% rapidly decreasing. With 20% increasing, this net of 35% compares with 21% in 2014 and 21% in 2011.
  4. The number of organizations actively looking at every process for paper elimination has grown from 9% in 2014 to 16% in 2015, including just 3% who feel they have reached the limit. 36% feel they are making good progress, with just 7% sticking with paper processes – down from 11% in 2014.
  5. Lack of management initiatives is given equal weight to staff preferences (49%) as the reason there is still so much paper around. 39% feel there is a general lack of understanding of paper-free options.
  6. 41% are using OCR in some form. 23% are capturing process data including 9% using intelligent/adaptive workflows. 16% are not using OCR, but workflow flat images, and 18% scan primarily for archive.
  7. The biggest driver for scanning and data capture is improved searchability and sharability (53%). Higher productivity, reduced storage space and faster response are all key drivers. 27% have an environmental policy to reduce paper usage.
  8. 40% of organizations report that more than half of their invoices are now delivered electronically - but 35% agree that most get printed anyway. 31% agree that most of the paper documents they retain are only there for the signatures, and that most of the documents they scan are unchanged from printer to scanner.


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About John Mancini

John Mancini, president and CEO of AIIM, is an author, speaker, and respected leader of the AIIM global community of information professionals. He is a catalyst in social, mobile, cloud, and big data technology adoption and an advocate for the new generation of experts who are driving the future of information management. John predicts that the next three years will generate more change in the way we deploy enterprise technologies and whom we trust with this task than in the previous two decades. His passion about the evolution of information workers into information analysts spurred John to establish the Certified Information Professional (CIP) program to enable anyone, anywhere to benchmark and develop new and strategic skills. His commitment to education includes the continual development of leading-edge training and publishing of ongoing industry research to help guide new thinking. As a frequent keynote speaker, John offers his expertise on the transformational challenges and opportunities facing information professionals and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually to his blog Digital Landfill. He has published six e-book titles including “#OccupyIT — A Technology Manifesto for Cloud, Mobile and Social Era” and the popular “8 Things You Need to Know About” e-book series. He has a Klout score in the high 60s, is ranked #5 in online SharePoint influence by harmon.ie and #42 in the KnowledgeLake SharePoint Influencer50. John can be found on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook as jmancini77.