Saint-Gobain enhances Accounts Payable Operations with Palette

August 27th, 2013 by in Europe, Invoice Automation

Gobain decided tot enhance its accounts payable operation. The solution was supplied and configured by Palette’s partner, Simac Document Solutions, a leading integrator and service provider in Benelux. With five independent divisions and 1700 employees working across 56 outlets throughout the Netherlands, Saint-Gobain wanted a solution that could streamline accounts payable processes across the group, and simplify workflow for staff while giving complete visibility and auditability of its financial position.

PaletteInvoice integrates with Saint-Gobain’s ERP system to provide an up-to-date view of the company’s active invoices and open purchase orders resulting in more efficient financial analysis and oversight.

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Brazilian electronic bill of lading issuance now mandatory

August 26th, 2013 by in Electronic Invoicing, Latin America

As of August 1st, 2013 the Brazilian State Department of Finance (SEFAZ) makes it mandatory for all businesses and self-employed workers providing transport services in Brazil to generate an electronic file with the service provision details, which must be sent to the tax administration by electronic means.

The CT-e or electronic bill of lading for transport is the new electronic communication model imposed by the SEFAZ, whereby companies involved in the transport of goods subject to Brazilian taxation are required to create and store an electronic file for each service provided to their clients.

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Best-practice handbook to succesful supplier engagement

A supply chain project, such as electronic invoicing, relies on suppliers adopting new processes or technologies. By creating a clear enablement strategy with objective measures, organisations can roll out a series of communications that gain suppliers’ commitment.

To help organisations transform their procure-to-pay processes, OB10 condensed 13 years of supplier enrolment best practice into a new handbook. The Supplier Engagement Handbook outlines the crucial steps in a campaign – from stakeholder support and message development to execution and reporting – and takes an organisation from project kick-off to business as usual.

To download a free copy of The Supplier Engagement Handbook…..

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Three times the inevitability of electronic invoicing

Stefan Foryszewski (one of the bosses at OB10) recently shared his thoughts on the inevitability of e-invoicing on the OB10 blog. Part one of three started with an article on the common business case behind e-invoicing. He then looked at how governments around the world are pursuing electronic invoicing to harness cost savings and be more productive.

Finally he discussed in his third and final post how some countries – in particular those considered emerging markets – have taken a more aggressive stance to gain control of the informal economy, and also why size does matter when evaluating e-invoicing networks.

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Van den Bosch Transporten optimizes its customer communications with SEEBURGER

August 19th, 2013 by in Digitalisation

Van den Bosch Transporten is an international logistic service provider specialized in the transportation of dry and liquid bulk products. The company‘s vision is founded upon four core values – quality, commitment, efficiency and clarity. Despite current economic turmoil within the transport sector, Van den Bosch Transporten has succeeded in staying true to these values.

This is why – in addition to saving time and money – Van den Bosch Transporten also decided to optimize transparency and corporation with its customers. The transport company achieved this by automating its business processes and making them faster, more transparent and easier to manage. Van den Bosch Transporten opted for SEEBURGER‘s Business Integration Suite for this purpose.

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GXS Trading Grid is now “Certified for SAP NetWeaver”

August 13th, 2013 by in Digitalisation, Financial software

GXS announced that SAP’s Integration and Certification Centre (SAP ICC) has certified that GXS Trading Grid integrates with the latest versions of SAP Netweaver, SAP’s ERP application. The three-year Netweaver certification confirms that GXS Trading Grid is fully interoperable with SAP NetWeaver and that common integration challenges have already been addressed and resolved.

“With the volume and velocity of data being exchanged between corporations and their business partners increasing daily, tight integration between ERP applications and cloud-based B2B platforms is a critical success factor for every large enterprise,” said Mark Morley, director of industry marketing and head of the SAP Customer Advisory Board at GXS. “This certification demonstrates our commitment to meeting the needs of our customers running SAP.”

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UK Government wants mandatory e-procurement for health services sector in 2014

August 13th, 2013 by in Europe, Government, Purchase-to-pay

A new UK ‘eProcurement strategy’ for the entire NHS will be unveiled next month. Its centrepiece will be fierce pressure to adopt the ‘GS1 coding standard’, which is recognised worldwide for unique identification of products, locations and services. When into place, all hospitals in England must adopt international barcodes to buy their goods. This should […] Read more »

Malaysia introduces next generation e-procurement system

August 13th, 2013 by in Asia, Government, Purchase-to-pay

After 12 years of loyal service, the Malaysian government’s flagship e-procurement system called ePerolehan (eP) is to be replaced by a new eP system, NextGen eP, by 2015, as part of the country’s Government Transformation Programme . The new system’s digital architecture also supports the Digital Malaysia initiative, a national programme to advance the country towards a full digital economy by 2020.

The current eP system has modernised the government-to-business procurement landscape, since its launch in 1999. Earlier this month, the portal reached RM60 billion (US $18.5 billion) with over 1.5 million transactions since its inception. The new system:

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France transposes EU electronic invoicing directive into national law

August 13th, 2013 by in Electronic Invoicing, Europe, Legal

Directive 2010/45/EU pursues the objectives of its predecessors: to harmonize, simplify and streamline electronic billing processes, maintaining the possibility of electronic submission as long as the authenticity of origin and content integrity are guaranteed.

Publication of Decree 2013-350 of 25th April 2013 culminates the transposition of Directive 2010/45/EU on electronic invoicing to French legislation, substantially modifying the content of certain articles and annexes of the General Tax Code (CGI).

The new policy proposes new measures for senders and receivers of electronic invoices, such as the use of advanced electronic signature systems using secure devices with recognized certificates. In this post we take a closer look at these modifications and how they might affect senders and receivers of this type of documents.

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Boosting B2B e-invoice adoption – carrot or stick?

Several studies have shown that in B2C e-invoicing, stick works well better than a carrot: penalty fee for paper invoice receiving has dramatically boosted the e-invoice adoption, especially in telecommunication and utilities. But what about B2B?

For suppliers, e-invoice will usually satisfy only the customer requirements and may save some transaction and processing costs. But is there something else to be gained?

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