shk292:NonprayingMantis:mattwnz: There are a number of problems with not receiving paper bills. Firstly you usually need to print them out anyway for tax or business reasons, and they are usually multiple pages
So not only do you need to print them out on your own paper and ink, unless you have a duplex printer, you are using wasting more paper than a bill in the mail would use, which would normally be double sided. So it is shifting the cost onto the consumer, as I am sure they are not reducing their fees they charge you.
Also it further erodes NZ Posts customer base, as I am sure that bills are a large part of the items that they deliver. So potentially with all businesses switching to email bills, it means more lost jobs and less delivery days etc. There are also the companies that manage the sending out of these bills, which is often subcontracted out, so more potential job losses there.
They also get lost amongst all the spam, and they sometimes you may miss them. So when you need them for tax purposes at the end of the year, you have to go back all through your emails, or long into their website, which is a pita.
It is also another job to do, in opening up the email and downloading the bill, and printing it out etc. Getting it in the mail is less work.
no you don't. you have to keep records, but they don't need to be paper records. I have never printed out any e-bills I have received.
the rest of your argument basically boils down to people arguing that the motorcar will put buggy whip manufacturers out of business.
Exactly. People seem to forget that companies only have one source of revenue - the customers - so arguing for inefficient systems to be retained just to preserve jobs is not sensible.
Far better to have electronic records, easily filed, retrieved and backed up, than reams of paper cluttering up the office
Yes but how do people actually store them. They may come in on an email, or you may get a link to download it. So are people then downloading them and saving them in a folder, which sounds like a hassle. What I do is just press the print button so there is no fiddling with folders, and then drag the email with the invoice to an invoices folder in email..
I think there is a business opportunity for an invoicing locker, where companies that email out invoices all get collected by a single locker, and the invoice automatically goes into a locker that is mirrored on your own computer (like dropbox). The thing is that backups can fail, data can get lost, staff may leave and you lose access, so it is good to have a physical copy of invoices as well as an online version. Plus my accountant prefers that I provide invoices in a folder for the time being at least.