Lorraina Quere Invoice Design October 21, 2018 17:20:38
Paper Invoices Many AP departments receive thousands and thousands of paper invoices per year which will need to be manually keyed into a finance system. This process is very slow inefficient and costly. It is very easy to lose or misplace important paper documents when handling them manually but with an automated invoice processing solution all documents can be stored electronically. The AP team will be able to retrieve invoices instantly meaning no more time will be wasted searching for invoices in filing cabinets or folders.
Electronic invoices encourage organizations to discontinue the use of paper invoices replacing them with a digital version of an electronically-generated tax document which has the same legal validity as the traditional version and preserves a faithful record of all commercial transactions. In this way the entire billing process can be administered electronically. However it is important to remember that amount of Value Added Tax must be included on every Invoice.
Missing or Incorrect Line Data Incorrect or missing line data can include incorrect numbers or the wrong price on the invoice. This can cause a lot of problems for the AP team as they would need to solve this discrepancy before the invoice gets paid. Correcting the problem on these invoices manually will be very time consuming for AP staff as they will need to find out where the mistake is and what the correct data should be.
Automating as many processes as possible through an integrated solution which optimally manages these tasks results in a directly proportionate decrease in opportunities for human error while increasing the opportunities for savings and improved efficiency. Even collections can be managed automatically sending the corresponding overdue notices as certain pre-defined thresholds are reached.
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.
Another outcome is an increase in efficiency; the AP department can instantly find an invoice without having to waste time chasing the business users. With approximately 70% of the invoices now matching the PO immediately a considerable amount of invoices only require scanning after which the process is entirely automated. This efficiency has directly resulted in a reduction in the number of people required in the Accounts Payable department; before the system was installed the team consisted of 13 people and there have been reductions in headcount as the AP manager substantiates: