April 18, 2012 Leave a comment
This week is Earth Week, a series of global events that lead up to the 42nd annual Earth Day on April 22. For years we’ve heard a lot of talk about companies “going green” – switching to hybrid vehicles, reducing paper usage and working to consume less electricity.
How does sales force automation help your company go green? There are several ways. If you rely on any paper order forms, printed accounts receivable reports, or sales flyers, all that content can be digitized and distributed to your field sales force without chopping down a single tree. If you don’t have a sales force per se but still have an outside staff, you can implement an enterprise content management solution to not only control printing costs but save yourself a lot of time.
Ai2 has also helped companies speed up their order-to-fulfillment process by sending in orders electronically throughout the day instead of a big rush at the cutoff time. Instead of warehouse personnel waiting for orders to pick, they’re starting sooner and reducing the electricity and heat it takes to keep the warehouse open.
Another goal of electronic ordering is the reduction or elimination of costly returns, which cost extra fuel if drivers need to make additional stops and carry the additional weight of returned items.
If your company is greener thanks to sales force automation, let us know in the comments. Contact us if you’re ready for every day to be Earth Day.