Francene Besson Invoice Design September 26, 2018 07:31:10
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."
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.
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.
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.
A Proforma invoice is an invoice provided by a supplier in advance of providing the goods or service. A quotation in the form of an invoice prepared by the seller that details items which would appear on a commercial invoice if an order results. It is more of a customs declaration form used in international trade that describes the parties involved in the shipping transaction the goods being transported and the value of the goods. It is the primary document to declare value for customs. It is not a true invoice because the seller does not record a pro forma invoice as an accounts receivable and the buyer does not record a pro forma invoice as an accounts payable.