Cerise Le Gal Invoice Design September 22, 2018 13:21:33
IMS now routes each invoice to be coded and authorised by the correct individual. Some invoices are automatically sent by IMS and others are routed by the AP clerk If the system is not entirely confident of this selection the AP user will initiate the distribution of the invoice to the procurer for authorisation. If they do not have the correct sign-off limit IMS determines the appropriate individual to forward it to until final approval is achieved.
Dealing with this volume in a manual operation was causing several problems. Invoice processing was extremely paper intensive; a considerable amount of time and effort was spent data inputting chasing paper invoices and filing. It was often difficult to locate invoices and the AP team would waste time contacting the business users to trace invoices. This resulted in a lack of efficiency and a lack of control over the process. There had also been an issue of making a number of duplicate payments.
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.
The recent publication of Ministerial Mandate number EHA/962/2007 defines the elements necessary for converting paper invoices into their electronic equivalent establishing that the digitalization process must guarantee that the result is a faithful reproduction of the original paper document and that the digitalization device (scanner) must produce the image along with a Qualified Electronic Signature (as defined in Directive number 1999/93). The process through which this is accomplished is designated as "Certified Digitalization."
No PO number Invoices that arrive in AP without a PO number can be very problematic which can take the team a lot of man-hours to manually process them. AP may receive non-PO invoices when a supplier has provided products or services to the buyer without receiving a purchase order. Many different challenges can arise when processing non-PO invoices which may include difficulty identifying the purchaser and original authoriser - making the approval process lengthy and a higher risk for errors.
Electronic invoices contain all of the information required in a traditional paper invoice in an encrypted format including data on the sender and recipient such as their name and Tax ID number the date of the invoice the senders legal address the amount of the invoice and the percentage and amount of VAT among other information.