Non_PO related invoices need to be coded and approved by the original procurer. Previously this was an entirely manual process, with each invoice being posted via the internal mail from AP to the individual who codes the invoice, then returned to AP, then sent out to the procurer of the goods to authorise This process was not only time consuming but fraught with errors and the risk of invoices getting lost. 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. Once the data has been captured from an invoice, it has been successfully matched to a PO or it has been approved by the business, it is posted automatically to the finance system for payment.
After the purchasing company receives full payment for the invoice, you'll receive the remaining value minus a 'factoring' fee. This fee is based on a number of factors, including your customer's credit worthiness, the average terms, and the invoice number and size. However, generally, the invoice factoring fee is up to five percent of the invoice value.
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. The outcome of automation _ 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.