Proactive Approval: How has automation improved the payables approval process? 

Automating the accounts payable approval process is an important part of modern financial management and business management. This includes using technology and information systems to create an automated process or improve an existing process to increase efficiency, accuracy and save time in approving accounts. must return. Let's find out with Bizzi how Automation has improved the accounts payable approval process!

What is accounts payable automation?

You also know that we can spend an entire working day just handling repetitive processes and tasks on paper. Sometimes, just to process an invoice, you have to spend hours sending requests and urging managers to approve documents.

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Automating accounts payable makes the process easier and more accurate

When manual tasks take up the majority of your work time, you can't leverage your ability to improve productivity, analyze important data, optimize workflows to improve work quality, and Save time and money. Therefore, accounting departments should consider investing in accounts payable (AP) automation software to help optimize administrative costs for the organization.

AP Payables Automation Software is a cloud-based solution that streamlines the accounts payable process from invoice to electronic payment channel. In other words, accounts payable automation makes the process easier, more accurate, and more efficient. It shortens payment cycles for businesses, manages financial policies, automates approval processes, and maintains records in a digital repository, making the entire process paperless.

Accounts payable automation software helps streamline all invoicing, approvals, and payments based on a business's existing processes. When automation software is implemented, real-time spending visibility and reporting improves dramatically.

The accounting team has more time to focus on more important tasks such as evaluating spending efficiency, negotiating and making decisions. Currently, many businesses are facing barriers when applying accounts payable automation software because of some doubts. The biggest reason is that they fear the finance department will not have control and visibility into transactions.

In this article, you will realize that, automating AP payables not only completely transforms the approval process but also gives the finance department more control and enhanced visibility against with manual method. At the same time, record the entire detailed and effective payment history.

Before automation

2.1. Purchase

The purchasing department places the order and forwards a copy of the PO order to the AP Accounts Payable department. The business receives the goods or services through the receiving department or employee who placed the order, and the supplier sends an invoice to the AP.

2.2. Invoice processing

AP accounts payable management staff manually enter invoice data into the accounting system before storing documents and vouchers in filing cabinets. To avoid duplication, new supplier information is entered into the system according to the naming convention previously set by the organization. Information of both new and old suppliers is compared and checked for accuracy through the taxpayer's Tax Code with the information page issued by the General Department of Taxation.

Nhân viên quản lý khoản phải trả AP nhập thủ công dữ liệu hóa đơn
AP accounts payable staff manually enters invoice data

2.3. Approve invoices

Hand over the invoice to the manager or relevant department and wait for approval. This can take a few days, sometimes up to a few weeks. According to a report from PayStream Advisors, the leading cause of late payments is extended approval times.

At the approval stage, AP staff will conduct three-way comparisons and contrasts between purchase orders, invoices and good receipts to check data and detect errors. AP managers must be ready to prepare or approve paperwork for all possible scenarios: short deliveries, damaged items, misshipments, or other problems.

2.4. Pay

The AP team prepares the payment, either by writing a check or setting up a transaction via Automated Clearing House (ACH) or electronic funds transfer (EFT). The AP manager approves the payment, authorizing the department to receive the early payment discount to the supplier if the payment is made within the date range specified in the terms. Payments are sent via email, bank transfer, ACH/EFT*, shipping company or courier.

After automation

3.1. Purchase

The purchasing department places the order and ensures that no major problems will occur in the automated system compared to previous orders. The organization receives goods or services through the receiving department or ordering staff. Recipients need to note issues related to the order and the system will send an alert to the main person in charge in the AP department.

3.2. Invoice processing

The AP department will receive an electronic invoice from the supplier. At that time, the system will automatically retrieve information on the invoice and check the validity of duplicate invoice information, company information (buying party), reasonableness of payment information, validity of invoices. digital signature and digital certificate. For erroneous or erroneous invoices, the system will automatically notify the supplier about the incorrect invoice status on the system.

3.3. Approve invoices

During implementation, the Bizzi team will work with your organization to understand the current approval process. Next, we will help you build the approval process into a workflow based on the organization's rules and policies. Once set up, the system will automatically match data and processes, converting orders into invoices with the PO conversion feature.

Invoices will be compared with 3-way information, then the correct AP invoice will be automatically approved. For invoices, information that does not match will be processed immediately. The system automatically composes email content including invalid reasons and sends it to the supplier. With automation, the invoice processing and approval process is accelerated, and AP software allows you to create rules that automatically move to the next steps and get to the payment processing stage. .

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Interface for checking and approving Bizzi's expense invoices

3.4. Pay

The software system will check the status of terms for suppliers and apply early payment discounts to implement transactions. Then, to prepare payment, the system sets up the transaction via ACH/EFT*, purchase card, or other means as requested by the supplier. The system passes payment information to the accounts payable manager for approval.

*ACH system is an automatic clearing system that serves the needs of clearing low-value retail payment transactions (debit/credit accounts) (usually retail transactions). , performed 24/7, small value, large number of transactions per day), processed by transaction or batch among participating members.

EFT – Electronic Funds Transfer (electronic funds transfer) is transferring money between accounts electronically, instead of conventional paper-based payment methods such as writing checks. As defined by the Electronic Funds Transfer Act of 1978, an electronic funds transfer is any financial transaction originating from a telephone, electronic device, computer or magnetic tape.

Approval anytime, anywhere

Reviewing and approving invoices can take quite a while. In each business, there are often different levels of approval based on the value of each invoice. Manually approving payments and invoices can be cumbersome and inconvenient for management when not in the office. Long approval times cause delays in processing payment procedures and paying suppliers.

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Bizzi's accounts payable invoice processing process

AP Accounts Payable Automation helps speed up the approval process with rules designed to remove some limitations in the paperwork approval process. All approval options are set during the implementation process which is smooth and seamless.

Bizzi's 5-in-1 cost management solution for businesses helps automate processes, making it easy for your business to track and process electronic invoices, improving the efficiency of the accounting department. The system's data storage center helps you access information anytime, anywhere.

The payment process automation solution allows companies to electronically pay suppliers with a flexible, tiered approval process. Once the workflow is set up, invoices and payment requests are automatically routed to approvers. Now accountants no longer have to remind managers to approve papers and documents because users can approve anytime, anywhere, immediately. When key decision makers are absent, this

will affect and slow down your approval process, for several days or even weeks. Deploying self-AP and payment automation solutions makes it possible to reroute approvals in the event of your director's absence so all operations can proceed as normal.

When you set up your AP and automated payments solution, there will be rules set up to determine how approvals will be delegated when an approver is not available, so everything stays in check. With good control, managers do not need to be physically present at the office but can still approve and make decisions remotely. With just Internet access, you can approve invoices and make payments as usual.

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This article was edited by the Bizzi team - 5-in-1 expense management solution for businesses. Currently, Bizzi has been trusted and used by +1200 large businesses and corporations such as Grab, GS25, Tiki, Guardian, Sabeco, Pharmacity, P&G, PNJ, Mondelez, VNG, Circle K, Family Mart,... along with 38,000 suppliers are using the platform every day.

Bizzi uses high technology to automate repetitive manual processes, giving the accounting department time to improve and develop their professional skills in the direction of creating more value for the business such as helping to control and manage the business. Manage accounts payable, and estimate budgets. From there, improve the quality of labor resources in the finance and accounting sector with countries in the region and the world. This enables the financial accounting department to reduce processing time by 80% and processing costs by 50%, with an accuracy of 100%.

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