An additional benefit of the solution is that IMS reduces the possibility of duplicates being paid, the system includes validation that picks up possible duplicates and alerts the AP team. This will reduce the estimated Â£80ꯠ per year that was previously being spent on duplicate invoices. Summary of key benefits : Increased control _ Increased efficiency _ Reduction in AP headcount by 4 people _ Elimination of manual data entry _ Reduction in lost invoices _ Elimination of duplicate invoices _ Reduction in time spent locating and chasing invoices.
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.