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E-invoicing news: Italy exchanges first PEPPOL e-invoices, Bridgestone Europe selects WMD xFlow

Italy takes first steps to exchange PEPPOL e-invoices

The European website ePractice mentioned yet another success for the PEPPOL e-invoicing project.  PEPPOL stands for: Pan-European Public Procurement On Line. It looks like the PEPPOL people project (We love this phrase) is more and more becoming a real competitor for other initiatives that want to provide an e-invoicing network.

Just like open E-PRIOR, PEPPOL receives some serious pocket-money here and there. Which sounds both potentially interesting and distorting (No jealousy here, rest assured).

Early November 2011, several electronic invoices based on CEN/BII specifications of the PEPPOL project were exchanged by Italian PEPPOL partners and their suppliers.  More specifically:

  • the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) received an electronic invoice from an Icelandic supplier;
  • Consip, the Central Purchasing body of Italian Public Administrations, received an electronic invoice from the Swedish National Financial Management Authority (ESV);
  • Intercent-ER, the Agency for the development of electronic marketplaces of Region Emilia-Romagna, received an electronic invoice, fully compliant with Italian laws, from an Italian supplier using the PEPPOL transport infrastructure.

Bridgestone Europe selects the WMD xFlow solution for accounts payable automation in SAP

Bridgestome Europe has selected WMD Benelux to process 300.000 vendor invoices per year coming from over 24 European countries. WMD said its xFlow solution was chosen for the project after a rigorous selection process including a number of leading vendors.

WMD also said that the xFlow solution:

  • is a state-of-art solution with full integration within SAP and a low total cost of ownership.
  • will empower Bridgestone Europe to radically decrease manual processes while ensuring swift and accurate accounting information delivery, fuelling business process efficiency and well-timed management reporting.
  • will also empower employees to focus on analysis and core accounting tasks that enable Bridgestone to gain full control, visibility and transparency over the  accounts payable process.

Quotes

  • Jean-Luc Andrianne, Managing Director of WMD Benelux:
    “This is again a key highlight for us because WMD came out a winner after an extensive evaluation of leading purchase-to-pay software vendors. Our solutions are mature, particularly user-friendly, can be accessed from anywhere, and offer a genuine return on investment to our customers. We are happy to welcome Bridgestone Europe within our user community.”
  • Carl Ellmer, Sales Director WMD Benelux – France:
    “We are seeing rapid adoption by Fortune 500 companies of our purchase to pay solutions for SAP within large multinational organizations to reduce costs, and harmonize and standardize purchase to pay processes. WMD xFlow truly blends in extremely well within these complex, large-scale environments.

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