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COVID-19 Is Supercharging The Digital Transformation

The pandemic has instantaneously forced countless people around the globe to forgo person-to-person contact in favor of digital alternatives. That's (mostly) good news.

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PARIS — In mid-March, a major bank sent a message to thousands of its small suppliers. The bank is really sorry…but it will not accept any paper invoices during the pandemic. Only documents sent by e-mail will be processed.

For many of the suppliers, the surprise wasn't so much the sudden policy change, but the fact that until now, they'd still had to print out their bills, write a little note, slip it into an envelope, stamp it after checking that it weighed no more than twenty grams, and put it in a letterbox. And they'll be even more surprised if, when the epidemic ends, they're told to go back to this obsolete process. After all, it would not be the first time that a provisional measure, decided upon under exceptional circumstances, becomes definitive.

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