Eleonore Simonin Invoice Design October 20, 2018 10:56:34
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.
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.
These mistakes can lead to higher costs within the AP department and the company as a whole but investing in an Invoice Management Solution could help to reduce the amount of time manually keying information into the finance system; as well as significantly lowering the amount of duplicate invoices that dont get noticed.
If you want a money transfer provide all the necessary information. Foreign transfers need more than your account number: in some countries you need your International Bank Account Number (IBAN) or a Bank Identifier Code (BIC). International transfers also double-charge you: the clients bank might charge you $20 and your own bank might charge you another $15 to accept the payment. Make it clear which of you will absorb these charges and talk it out with them. PayPal is another option but you still get charged a percentage of the transaction.
Electronic invoices provide an important means of reducing the costs of processing sending distributing and maintaining invoices resulting in a simplification of administrative procedures and a considerable reduction in the amount of time and space consumed as the invoices are transmitted through telematic means accomplished by applying technical certification mechanisms (electronic signatures) which guarantee the basic elements required in any invoice (the authenticity of its origin and integrity of its content) and allow them to be maintained in digital format which affords immediate access to them at any given moment.
Their Details and Yours - must be complete This is basic stuff but you cant afford to forget it. In addition to the clients address make sure to include the name of the clients contact person who handles your account! A company with three employees can figure out what youre doing; but in big companies invoices get misplaced especially if theres confusion over who belongs to which project.