Nichole Potier Invoice Design September 20, 2018 09:48:58
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.