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March 27, 2019 BY Leah Swatrzbaugh Leave a Comment

The True Cost of Processing an Invoice for Small to Large Businesses

Did you know that 90% of all invoices worldwide are still processed manually?

All companies must process invoices. It’s just a part of doing business. To understand exactly how much invoice processing costs your business, you must look at the entire invoice processing cycle.

For some companies, processing accounts payable is a time-consuming, detail-intensive function. For others, it’s a quick and easy task.

The cost to process an invoice is the most basic metric, but in many cases, one of the more difficult to assess. The challenge is to obtain an apples-to-apples comparison of the process steps included in the cost calculation. Some studies include costs associated with routing, mailroom activities, copying and follow-up. This is where benchmarking studies can be particularly useful given their ability to employ a consistent definition in their cost analyses. Even with that consistency, cost studies show a wide range of operating results. One benchmarking study calculated the cost to process a vendor payment ranging from $5 to $26 an invoice, while another study cited the cost ranging from $4 to $14 an invoice. Interestingly, there is little correlation between the cost to process an A/P invoice and the size of the company.

The Problem

1. Too many manual processes

On average, businesses receive 63 percent of their invoices as paper. The rest are either through email, fax, or other electronic formats. In nearly all cases, when invoices are received via email or electronic they are copied and distributed.

Manually distributing and processing paper invoices results in lost or misplaced invoices, long approval and exception-resolution cycles, late fees, missed discounts and duplicate payments.

Filed Under: digital transformation, accounts payable automation

January 17, 2019 BY AMI Imaging Leave a Comment

Landscape Architect Streamlines Document Collaboration

Needed to manage all documents from Concept to Completion

The Challenge

A Landscape Company’s employees were losing valuable time searching for information. The sales team spent too much time finding paper and less time with clients. Their accounts payable department required multiple approvals to pay some invoices. Emails had to be sent to get these approvals so discounts could be received and to avoid duplicate payments or over-payment. Collaboration with all the stakeholders was cumbersome and time consuming.

Filed Under: digital transformation, case study, ECM software

January 15, 2019 BY AMI Imaging Leave a Comment

Why Companies are automating their accounts payable process

Transform accounts payable processes with speed, visibility and control

With AP departments today facing increasing volumes of invoices, greater process complexity and ongoing pressures to accomplish more with less, automating AP operations increases efficiency, streamlines invoice processing and delivers a fast return on investment.

Filed Under: digital transformation, accounts payable automation

January 3, 2019 BY AMI Imaging Leave a Comment

All About Converting Paper to Digital

Digital Transformation

Competing in today’s business environment has many challenges from compliance with government regulations to increased competition that require organizations to become more productive while doing more with less. A key way to meet these challenges is to convert paper documents to digital.

Filed Under: digital transformation