Nichole Potier Invoice Design September 28, 2018 02:21:52
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.
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.
Include Your Terms - must be clear When do you expect the client to pay you? What happens if they miss the deadline? To be able to send follow-up or overdue notices or to charge interest you need a rock-solid paper trail that no one can argue with. Let Them Know How to Pay You - must be easy Do you want a cheque mailed to you a money transfer flowers? Be explicitly clear about what you expect and in what form. It is usually best to discuss with the client beforehand their preferred method or to come to an agreement about a method you both like.
This company is one of the largest drinks companies in Europe formed in April 2004. They are part of the largest wine company in the world and a leading producer and exporter of wine from the USA Australia and New Zealand. The company has a strong portfolio of brands from the wine cider fortified wine wine-style drinks and bottled water categories. Their Accounts Payable (AP) department consisted of 13 people processing in the region of 180000 invoices per year from suppliers across Europe. Invoices need to be approved by 250 individuals from 3 offices in the UK 11 depots and 2 manufacturing plants in addition to users in mainland Europe.
When a line item such as the VAT number doesnt add up on an invoice the AP team will need to find the error and correct it manually to be able to process the invoice. This is very time consuming and can cause delays in paying the invoice. Investing in IMS can help to reduce the amount of time the discrepancy can take to rectify by flagging invoices that have any mistakes and making sure the invoice isnt processed until it has been corrected.
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.