Paper documents; where do they all go?
Anything that exists solely in a physical format is basically untraceable. You have no idea what information is hidden in which tottering pile. Documents may end up in the trash or worse, in the wrong hands. Unlike with digital data, there's no easy way to generate smart insights. Many companies have started digitizing their paper files. Though this is a step in the right direction, it's very time-intensive. Some even hire additional staff specifically to stay on top of the paperwork.
Signing papers tends to lead to a lot of moaning and groaning as well. The signature requires physical movement to be able to set pen to paper, mailroom involvement or alternating between the printer and scanner.
Moreover, 80,000 to 160,000 trees are cut down each day to supply all that paper (Global Forest Resource Assessment). Reducing paper usage is good for the environment. One less pallet of printer paper annually makes a nice contribution.