I recently started a job at a mid sized new car dealership, and as with most dealerships its size reducing its carbon footprint was somewhere near the bottom of its “to do list”.
I’ve worked in this business before, and at my other dealership we used to joke about the massive amount of wasted paper, but here there was on lone voice of reason that heard my cries for a more “green” initiative, and together Catherine and I are slowly bringing our dealership into the 21st century and leaving paper behind!
The goal is simple; reduce the amount of paper we waste while increasing productivity and maximizing the tools and utilities at our disposal.
The tools we have are basic, run of the mill computers loaded with Windows and not enough RAM! 90% of us have smartphones, and 100% of us have access to the internet in one form or another. I myself have an iPad and an iPhone as well as a desktop computer all which will play a part in my challenge.
- iPhone 4
- iPad 3
- MacBook Pro
- Windows Machine
- Drop it!
- Documents Pro
The plan is for me to slowly integrate several online tools such as Dropbox and Evernote into my daily sales and follow up routine. At the same time I will help educate my co-workers to utilize the power and convenience of PDF’s and other forms of editable forms until the need for paper is all but eliminated.
I feel that there will be a number of challenges awaiting me, mostly from the staff here simply due to the fact that they’re comfortable in their way of doing things.Training and equiptment will put restrictions on the progress, as to go completely paperless will require upgraded technology and software, which all comes at a cost to the dealership. A cost analysis will have to be done to determine the financial benefit of the elimination of paper.
Until then, I’ll be documenting my progress one screen at a time!