No Paper In Your Agency’s Future? Dont Bet On It!
Agents have been hearing for years the promise that their agencies will be paperless. One agency says it has managed to achieve a sense of that vision, but a consultant disagrees over whether this is truly a paperless office.
In Clayton, N.Y., Thousand Islands Agency has become a paperless agency, says owner Ed Higgins. With equipment already on hand, and within three months after creating the system folders for all his paperwork, the agency has gone paperless.
For an investment of less than $1,000, Higgins set up a couple of scanners at his employees work stations to allow them to scan, then throw away paper documents of any form. However, organizing it took a little tweaking of the software, and the chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents of America Agent Council for Technology admits most agents have only a novices interest in technology.