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Businesses that need employees to report data on the go often turn to smartphones, tablet PCs or other mobile computing devices. But there’s another tool that may be a better fit:
Digital pens and paper.
Technicians at dent repair shop Carmedic still fill out invoices by hand after they complete a job. Except instead of ink, they use digital pens, so the information is sent immediately to the company’s headquarters.
Previously, the technicians filled out paper forms — and four copies were needed of each. That’s a lot paper.
That’s why Carmedic moved to a digital system. The company considered giving employees smartphones or other mobile devices with keyboards, but those were deemed too expensive, ComputerWorld reports.
The pens were cheaper and didn’t require technicians to learn a new system — the process is the same as ever, except with an electronic instead of ink pen.