Angelette Lavergne Invoice Design September 29, 2018 12:11:50
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.
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 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.
The new invoice processing solution has considerably automated the AP department this is resulting in an increase in control over the process. At the end of each month the ERP system produces an AP Log report that lists all the invoices that are with the business users. It is expected that the slicker and faster process will lead to a considerable reduction in the number of items on this log.
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.
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.