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Progress Report: Paper Receipt Death March

Progress Report: Paper Receipt Death March

As consumers, many of us have been wishing for the death of paper receipts for a long time now. There are many reasons for this. Some of us are environmentalists, and we can't stand the thought of contributing to the massive waste of paper products. Some of us are minimalists, and we have moved away from 1980s-style wallets to a simple credit card and driver's license holder. Some of us are germaphobes or health nuts, and we prefer to not handle cash and paper receipts. Still others are super organized savvy shoppers who want to be able to digitally analyze all purchases and return items later without fear of losing a receipt. But if you are reading this article on Certify's blog, you are probably among the masses of business travelers who want paper receipts to go away for the simple reason of streamlining your expense reporting workflow. I can identify with all these groups, though I am ashamed to say that I have yet to downsize to one of those slick, streamlined wallets. And so, ...
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