At Wise Alloys, as at all manufacturers, manufacturing processes must be carefully tracked and monitored to maintain quality control, manage production and provide information to customers. One of the ways that Wise Alloys achieves these objectives is through the use of “lot tickets,” which are 8.5 x 14 inch information sheets printed double-sided on thick paper.
Reports are an essential part of all businesses. Among other purposes, they help organizations to better manage and control their operations. But what if managing those documents placed an unnecessary burden on the enterprise? Paper-based reports do exactly that.
When TPi began to evaluate opportunities in this area, customers were not yet battering down the doors demanding electronic invoices and statements, but the company recognized the market trends and proactively decided to provide Web access for many of the documents it produces.
Toter sells primarily to municipalities, but also to private haulers. That business generates a large number of documents in the form of bids, proposals and contracts. Warrantees associated with contracts can last for as long as 10 years. Consequently, the related documents must be retained for a considerable time.
Tara Materials used to process all of its business transactions on paper. The problem was that paper is bulky. The company’s documents filled a massive wall of filing cabinets. Worse, the storage requirements never stopped growing.