Another outcome is an increase in efficiency; the AP department can instantly find an invoice without having to waste time chasing the business users. With approximately 70% of the invoices now matching the PO immediately, a considerable amount of invoices only require scanning, after which the process is entirely automated. This efficiency has directly resulted in a reduction in the number of people required in the Accounts Payable department; before the system was installed the team consisted of 13 people and there have been reductions in headcount, as the AP manager substantiates: "The IMS system has increased efficiency in our Accounts Payable department to such an extent that on full implementation we expect to reduce our headcount by 4."
So here are some general guidelines, best practices and examples that will help you make sure your invoices are up to specification. Their Details and Yours _ must be complete This is basic stuff, but you can't afford to forget it. In addition to the client's address, make sure to include the name of the client's contact person who handles your account! A company with three employees can figure out what you're doing; but in big companies, invoices get misplaced, especially if there's confusion over who belongs to which project. You'll also need your company name, your name, address, telephone number and email address. If they have any questions about the charges, contacting you should be as easy as possible.
Your office space will be freed from those mountains of paper: scan all the forms and documents, and save them as files in your online invoicing software. No more overflowing cabinets and stuffed drawers: you are giving yourself a bigger office as a reward for being smart and using a web_based invoice tracking system! Whenever you need a particular document, you will know where it is and that it can be retrieved easily. Online invoicing is simply more convenient for all involved in the process: since everything is in one place _ online _ all you have to do is attach the invoice to the email that you send to your customer. It's as simple as point and click!