Francene Besson Invoice Design September 18, 2018 11:02:41
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.
One of the key strengths of the automated invoice processing operation is the tight integration between their finance system and IMS. This is based on a transfer of Shared Reference Data that happens nightly that ensures each system contains the most up to date information e.g. PO numbers GL codes and new vendors.
In order to comply with regulations and ensure that an electronic invoice has the same legal validity as a paper invoice the corresponding electronic document must contain the same mandatory fields as any other invoice must be signed with an electronic signature based on a recognized certificate and must be sent from one computer to another with the parties mutual consent. This combination of factors provides a Telematic Invoice with sufficient reliability so as to indisputably guarantee its integrity and the authenticity of its origin.
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.
Although we know perfectly well what an invoice is its technical definition is "a document that reflects the delivery of a product or the provision of services along with the due date and the amount to be paid in consideration."
Non-PO related invoices need to be coded and approved by the original procurer. Previously this was an entirely manual process with each invoice being posted via the internal mail from AP to the individual who codes the invoice then returned to AP then sent out to the procurer of the goods to authorise This process was not only time consuming but fraught with errors and the risk of invoices getting lost.