Do you know the benefits of using a purchase to pay system? In this blog, we’ll tell you everything you need to know!
Simply put, a purchase to pay system fully automates the procurement process for an organisation. This includes everything, from all aspects of strategic purchasing through to paying the successful supplier.
The purchase to pay process can also be called procure to pay or P2P.
Using a purchase to pay system can help streamline the procurement process for your organisation. When an organisation’s procurement activity is entirely electronic, requests and approvals can be processed much faster. So, a purchase to pay system will help you shave time off your procurement strategy.
Implementing a purchase to pay system will help increase visibility within your organisation, for buyers and suppliers alike. Every purchase can be tracked, making it easier to cut down on tail spend. It’s also possible for the process to be viewed in real-time, increasing transparency and fairness.
Following on from our last point, increased visibility throughout the procurement process could lead to improved supplier relationships. This is because a purchase to pay system will help keep suppliers informed throughout the process.
As a result of increased visibility and transparency, suppliers might be more open to negotiations with buyers. When they have confidence in their payment status, they might be willing to go beyond the contract terms. This is great news for buyers that are looking for the best value for money from suppliers.
Another benefit of using a purchase to pay system is that it’s easier to capture data for better decision making. Generally, these systems offer robust reporting capabilities, and make it easier to store your historical procurement data. Organisations can use purchase to pay systems to evaluate their spending and make decisions about their future procurement activities.
So, you know all about how a purchase to pay system could benefit your business. Now it’s time to look at the purchase to pay process.
It might seem overly complicated at first, but it doesn’t have to be. To simplify things, we’ve broken the process into six steps:
The purchase to pay process begins when the buyer establishes a need. This could be any type of good, product or service.
Next, a formal request will be made in the purchase to pay system. This request will be reviewed by the appropriate person, whether that’s a department head or purchasing professional.
At this stage, the request will either be approved or denied. If the request is denied, it will be sent back to the initiator for correction and resubmission.
If the request is approved, a purchase order will be submitted to the supplier. The supplier can either approve it, reject it, or start a negotiation. If a supplier approves the purchase order at this stage, this activates a legally binding contract.
In the case of low-value items or one-off purchases, there could be the option for a spot buy. Basically, this type of spending is unplanned and is often considered an emergency, one-off purchase.
At the next stage, the supplier will deliver the requested goods or services. The buyer will then inspect the products or services to ensure they comply with the contract terms. They will check factors such as:
Now the supplier can submit an invoice to the purchase to pay system. Following this, a three-way match between the purchase order, the supplier invoice and the goods/services receipt is performed. This aspect of the process is to identify any discrepancies. If none are found, then the invoice is passed to the relevant team. If discrepancies are found, then the invoice is rejected.
Finally, the invoice will be processed in the purchase to pay system and payment will be made to the supplier.
A purchase to pay system fully automates the procurement process for an organisation. There are many benefits of implementing this kind of system, including:
While the purchase to pay process might seem complex, it can be broken down into six steps:
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