About 10 years ago I had one of the first Card Scans, a small scanner that you ran business cards through. Theoretically it would import the information from all the business cards you collected into your contact data base, in my case ACT!. It was "ok" for the most part. The standard-layout business cards would require a little checking and editing. But for the out-of-the-ordinary card, which were more than a few, it really wasn't worth the trouble. That was a long time ago and I hear Card Scan has improved. If you have the time and patience (or the assistance) it keeps the business cards from piling up on your desk or in the shoebox in the closet.
So what if you don't have the time or the assistance? What about all those receipts you collect? This (almost) falls into the "what will they think of next" category. That; or "why didn't I think of that" category. Either way, it sounds like a lifesaver for those of you who travel a lot, network a lot and have little time or assistance to organize it all. Shoeboxed.com is a mail-in service that will scan all your business cards and/or receipts (or you can upload on your own) into a secure account. From this account you can export into Quicken, Quick Books, etc. (receipts) and ACT!, Salesforce, Outlook, etc. (business cards) or spreadsheet formats.
Sounds pretty slick. I'm thinking about trying it and I'll keep you posted. If the accuracy is on target, this could be an organization & productivity boon for many of us. https://www.shoeboxed.com Check it out.