Why Go Paperless?
In order to store 2 million paper documents, an organization can expect to spend between $40,000 and $60,000 on filing cabinets alone. Those same files could fit on fewer than ten CD-ROMs (Business Guide to Paper Reduction). If we assume that a filing cabinet uses from 6 to 20 square feet of space and the office space costs $23 per square foot, the space for a one filing cabinet will cost a company $1656– 5520 per year.
How to Go Paperless?
When you choose paperless data collection your data storage costs can be significantly reduced or even brought to zero. Digital data collected using mobile forms require much less space than paper sheets and therefore cost less money. With the development of mobile technology you don’t need CDs or any other data carriers to store and access your data. More and more companies opt for Cloud storage. The price of Cloud storage starts at $0.01 GB per month and the average number of MS Word pages per GB is 64782.
The Advantages of Cloud Retail Data Collection Solutions
Cloud software can specifically benefit retail businesses with features such as order and returns management, field marketing, merchandising, and retail audits, providing ultimate customer visibility and excellent IT support. Implementing Cloud software for retail execution you increase business effectiveness and reduce time spent on operational issues, concentrating on the things that matter. Today you can even store your retail data completely free if you opt for Cloud-based retail execution software. State-of-the-art retail execution SaaS providers usually offer Cloud storage as part of their service.
Here are the main advantages of Cloud-based retail execution software to improve the efficiency of operations and increase productivity:
- Minimum upfront spending – Cloud solutions for store audit performance allow companies to maintain easy access to corporate information with minimum upfront spending. Adopting a SaaS retail execution software solution a company saves on IT-support and server hardware.
- 24/7 database access – The other advantage of storing data in the Cloud is that all the data can be accessed anytime, anywhere and on any device. Your field reps can easily perform retail audits using their own tablets and smartphones and your field team managers are able to analyze all the retail data as soon as it is collected with activity dashboards and reports. Being on the Cloud also makes it possible for field sales reps to work offline, and the system will automatically synchronize once an Internet connection is established.
- The best service availability – If you adopt a Cloud solution for retail execution you can count on the best service availability even if your company is multinational and runs in different countries and time zones.