Author: Pete Loughlin

I’ve heard more reasons why not to use supply chain finance than I’ve heard good reasons to use it. The problem appears to be that those advocating it are the sales people. They would say that wouldn’t they? And those arguing against it are the accountants and treasury managers – and they’re the “experts”. What we don’t get to hear is a real example of what it can deliver. Until now.

When we wrote that e-procurement was getting interesting here we didn’t anticipate that it would be one of the most read Purchasing Insight articles of 2012. There is obviously an appetite amongst purchasing professionals for this topic and now there's a new report that you need to get your hands on.

There has been some criticism of OB10's user interface and so their users are likely to be pleased at the announcement today of a new version of their portal which, according to the press release, will "enhance the user experience, bring further efficiencies and transparency to the purchase-to-pay process, and deliver ground-breaking new services."

Last week, I had the great please of speaking to Markus Hornburg, Vice President Product Development & Compliance at OB10, a real expert on e-invoicing compliance, about his views on e-invoicing compliance. I can claim some expertise on e-invoicing but it’s quite humbling when you chat to someone with really deep global expertise on a particular subject. And Markus can claim just that. His experience goes back to the late 1990s when in Switzerland, he played a part in establishing the first electronic invoicing legislation in the world. He's been with OB10 for over 5 years now. I’ve always viewed compliance as being one of OB10’s strength. It was one of the central pillars of the OB10 proposition when they were first founded and so I was interested to hear Markus’ views on the approach that the plethora of newer players take to compliance, on the European Union post 2013 and on the challenges of using e-invoicing globally.