How to Get Suppliers and Stakeholders on Board with Paperless Options

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Jun 7, 2011 2:15 PM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

Take a trip to one of your many suppliers or simply look around your  office and you will likely find mounds of paper stacked in cubicles, desks, filing cabinets, and storage closets. As mentioned in a recent post, Small Business Tips and Tools for A Paperless Office, we explored ways to identify and reduce paper use. In this post, we'll explore electronic business solutions to engage stakeholders and suppliers in adopting paperless solutions.   

According to FDE, the global volume of purchasing documents is approaching 150 billion per year with invoices representing up to 50% of the total outbound business paper volume.  While there is an abundance of work being done to create electronic solutions, the reality is that emerging markets represent the most significant increase in paper volume.  Is there any chance of stopping the seemingly unstoppable avalanche of paper?   As with any business sustainability implementation, stakeholder buy-in becomes the most critical aspect of change management.  To entice suppliers and consumers to utilize an electronic solution, FDE presents a multi-phase approach:
  • Phase 1: Define the Value – Offer clients an electronic invoice solution as a mutually beneficial hard-dollar printing and mailing cost savings.  Click here to continue reading.


Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".