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How to Reduce Paper Consumption in Procurement

In many organizations, procurement is one of the most paper-intensive departments. From printing out supplier catalogs and price lists to filling out and filing purchase orders, it's no wonder that the average procurement department goes through a staggering amount of paper each year.

Daryna Rodriguez
Daryna Rodriguez

Fortunately, there are a number of simple ways to reduce paper consumption in procurement. By making a few small changes to your processes and adopting some new technologies, you can help your organization save money and protect the environment. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

1. Go digital with supplier catalogs and price lists.

There's no need to print out every single page of a supplier's catalog or price list. Most suppliers now offer digital versions of their materials that can be easily viewed on a computer or tablet. If you need to reference a hard copy, simply print out the specific pages you need and recycle the rest.

2. Stop using paper purchase orders.

Paper purchase orders are not only wasteful, but they can also lead to errors and delays. By switching to an electronic purchase order system, you can eliminate paper waste, improve accuracy, and speed up the ordering process.

3. Use e-invoicing for all supplier invoices.

Like purchase orders, invoices are another area where going digital can help reduce paper waste. E-invoicing systems allow you to receive, track, and pay invoices electronically—no printing required. Not only will this save paper, but it will also help you save time and improve cash flow management.

4. Implement a document management system.

A document management system (DMS) can help you go completely paperless in procurement by digitizing all of your documents—from RFQs and contracts to supplier performance reviews and price comparisons.

A good DMS will also provide robust search and retrieval capabilities so you can easily find the documents you need—without having to sort through piles of paper files.


By making a few simple changes to your processes, you can help your organization save money and protect the environment.

Implementing an electronic purchase order system, using e-invoicing for all supplier invoices, and digitizing all of your documents with a document management system are all great ways to reduce paper consumption in procurement.

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