P2P Europe

The relaxation in the regulations on electronic invoicing in Europe will allow more organizations to take advantage of the lower business costs and greater control and efficiency that they allow but – as Ernst and Young point out in an insightful piece recently – a relaxation in the rules doesn’t mean than “anything goes”. Indeed, care needs to be taken to ensure that e-invoicing systems, whether managed in-house or out sourced, need to be thoroughly audited to ensure that they comply with the regulations.

Those following developments on electronic invoicing will be very familiar with the news from earlier this year that the rules in Germany are about to be relaxed. From 1st July 2011 the technical requirements imposed on the use of electronic invoices in Germany will be abandoned. Great! But so what! What's so important about Germany? Let me explain why it's important.

Purchasing InsightThe press releases from Iron Mountain recently raised a few eyebrows amongst the e-invoicing community. The announcement that they were to set up a 500 person strong unit in Europe to offer e-invoicing services to business was met with some surprise. Well, it seems, according to a source close to what is going on, that the U.S. based firm, known for it's traditional archiving offering, is coming to play in the relatively mature e-invoicing market in Europe with its eyes wide open. We understand that Iron Mountain will be bringing a number of products to the market, underpinned by a strategic alliance with Basware, one of the leading, established e-invoicing players.

One of the leading financial and business advisers, Grant Thornton Sweden, has deployed an invoice processing solution from enterprise purchase-to-pay specialist Palette as the backbone of its internal and hosted electronic invoice management (EIM) service. Grant Thornton Sweden is one of the leading financial and business advisers, providing services in Sweden and internationally. Currently processing around 30,000 invoices per month for over 300 customers both in Sweden and internationally, Grant Thornton’s EIM service improves the efficiency of customers’ accounts payable, as well as optimising the company’s own internal invoice management system.

It's standard business practice. Chase customers for payment as soon as possible and pay your suppliers as late as possible. Cash is king and in some industries - retail being a prime example - cash flow is the pivot of profitability that can make the...

At a recent Purchase to Pay conference in Amsterdam, representatives from a wide range of industries got together to compare notes - warts and all - on their P2P programmes It is really interesting when a diverse group of Purchase to Pay professionals from different organizations get together to compare notes. Despite working in isolation, there is a great deal in common in terms of the challenges faced and the approaches adopted to overcome those challenges. But there's also a healthy variation in approach and below is a short list of some of the best takeaways from the conference.