Evonna Mayer Invoice Design September 29, 2018 12:15:10
Dealing with this volume in a manual operation was causing several problems. Invoice processing was extremely paper intensive; a considerable amount of time and effort was spent data inputting chasing paper invoices and filing. It was often difficult to locate invoices and the AP team would waste time contacting the business users to trace invoices. This resulted in a lack of efficiency and a lack of control over the process. There had also been an issue of making a number of duplicate payments.
Furthermore when companies employ this technology they are motivated to digitalize other documents thus achieving efficiency and savings in additional areas of the business. Control of taxes is also increased with electronic billing because it allows for greater control over tax compliance and simplifies the auditing process.
Paper invoices entering the AP department are now scanned into the IMS (Invoice Management Solution) system. Using Automated Data Capture technologies the header information such as invoice total supplier name etc is automatically read from the invoice. The integration between IMS and the ERP then enables this data to be populated directly to register the invoice in the financial system with minimal manual data entry required. If IMS does not recognise the vendor workflow automatically sends this as a query to the business user who can then select whether this is a new vendor to be set up in the ERP or is just a one-off vendor. The integration between IMS and the ERP triggers the creation of the appropriate vendor. This ensures that delays are not created with unknown vendors and speeds up the process of adding new vendors to the finance system.
Numbers and Numbers and Records and Books - must be trackable Referring to "invoice #9048" rather than "That invoice I sent you last month I think on a Tuesday" is much easier to track for both you and your client. Assign numbers to your invoices systematically consistently and chronologically. Some people number their invoices by year (for example 2009043 would be the 43rd invoice of 2009). You could also specify a code for the project. For example ABC06 would be the 6th invoice for the ABC project that youre currently working on. Having an invoice and project numbering system keeps everything in line.
No PO number Invoices that arrive in AP without a PO number can be very problematic which can take the team a lot of man-hours to manually process them. AP may receive non-PO invoices when a supplier has provided products or services to the buyer without receiving a purchase order. Many different challenges can arise when processing non-PO invoices which may include difficulty identifying the purchaser and original authoriser - making the approval process lengthy and a higher risk for errors.
An electronic invoice (also called an e-invoice or eBill) is the result of a billing method that doesnt require a paper copy as a backup in order to demonstrate its authenticity. For this reason an electronic invoice functions as a software-generated file which compiles the information related to a commercial transaction its payment and corresponding tax obligations.