The executive leaders at this large animal rights agency approached West X Business Solutions to help them solve several challenges related to inefficient workflows in the accounts payable department. Vendor invoices were being sent to head office via email and physical mail from 50 regional locations. Once received, the emailed invoices were printed and added to a physical invoice ‘inbox’ folder with hardcopy invoices. From there, invoices were sorted into PO and non-PO based invoices. PO invoices were matched with the paper copies of the purchase order and delivery slip. Successfully matched PO’s were sent for payment, and non-successful matches were manually routed to the appropriate person for further investigation and exception handling. Non-PO invoices were manually routed to the appropriate person for review and approval. If approved, invoices were signed off and sent for payment, and if not approved, it was manually routed back to the appropriate person for further clarification. The paper invoices were eventually scanned to digital format and stored on a file server for long term archive.
Our first step was to understand the Accounts Payable process from start to finish. This involved working with key stakeholders to map the process and gain an in depth understanding of how they were currently working with vendor invoices. Once we established a baseline of the current state, we were able to design and implement a solution that streamlined vendor invoice processing and removed manual, tedious tasks from office workers.
Since partnering with West X Business Solutions, our client has realized the following benefits:
- Reduction in vendor invoice processing time
- Reduction of late payment penalty
- Cost savings in early payment discounts
- Streamlined and digital workflows for review and approval
- Reduction of manual labour involved in a traditional paper-based invoicing process
- Reduction in the number of lost invoices
- Increase in employee satisfaction
As the leaders of a forward-thinking not-for-profit organization, Our client’s executive team acknowledges the importance of continuous improvement. With the consulting efforts and support of West X Business Solutions, they have selected new problem areas with traditionally document-heavy processes and are planning to continue their journey to a more digital and paperless office across the entire organization.