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INTEROFFICE MEMOS ARE AN ENDANGERED SPECIES

 INTEROFFICE MEMOS ARE AN ENDANGERED SPECIES
 PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Paper


shuffling in today's office is still a costly enemy of productivity, but technology is promising to obsolete the lion's share of paper mail.
 "In an effort to cut mailing costs, most business owners and managers are investigating electronic imaging systems to replace paper for any documents that now are delivered via governmental postal systems, company mail departments and private delivery companies," said Dr. Keith T. Davidson of XPLOR International, the trade group of the electronic document systems industry.
 "The quickest and most complete penetration of electronic mail will be in routine intercompany correspondence. Technology is available, the dollars are right and few organizations of more than a few employees will be willing to pay for paper-based interoffice mail for routine person-to-person correspondence," he added.
 "The days of the traditional memo are numbered. Memos on paper are becoming an endangered species. In most offices, the last paper memo will be one from top management saying, 'no more interoffice memos, put it on the network,'" Davidson forecast.
 "After memos, the next category of business paperwork to convert to electronic systems will be transaction-based intercompany correspondence. This is assured as technology, system design and organization design adjust to handling electronic processing of corporate transaction documents," the XPLOR International executive director stated.
 "Documents sent between companies with close relationships will be next to be converted from paper to electronic documents. Businesses increasingly will communicate electronically with their distributors, sales agents, ad agencies, insurance brokers and consultants," he predicted.
 Business-to-business documents among all companies, especially customers and suppliers, already comprise a major application for electronic data interchange. This method of transferring electronic images instead of paper documents is growing rapidly, according to the electronic document systems industry executive.
 "As the evolution from paper mail to electronic documents takes place, the final stage will be consumer mail but it's unlikely that any measurable impact will occur before the year 2000. Videotext doesn't appear to be an acceptable substitute for direct mail. At- home electronic banking is not making dramatic inroads into the current paper-based billing and remittance systems," Davidson explained.
 "By no means will paper disappear from our desktops, but as electronic printing's role changes, our letter openers will become antiques," concluded XPLOR International's executive director.
 XPLOR International is headquartered in Palos Verdes Estates, and serves some 1,400 corporate members worldwide, including most of the high volume users and vendors of electronic printing and publishing equipment.
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 /CONTACT: Dr. Keith T. Davidson of XPLOR International, 310-373-3633, ext. 101/ CO: XPLOR International ST: California IN: SU:


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