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I can’t automate our organisation’s AP processes – Can I?

In the realm of business operations, efficiency is paramount. Whether a startup or a multinational corporation, when you automate processes, it can significantly improve profitability and cash flow, impacting your bottom line.

One area often overlooked for improvement is the accounts payable (AP) process. However, with the advent of AP automation solutions, businesses can now streamline the processing with ease and precision saving time and resources and can even turn the AP deptartment from a loss to a profit centre.

But many organisations believe that because of their unique way of purchasing, coding, authorising, storing and archiving their purchase to pay documents they cannot automate it in effective way.

This is NOT true!

Lets look at the challenge of Non-PO Invoices

Many businesses strive for a No PO No Pay rule but in reality it doesn’t work within their organisation. Unlike PO invoices, which are associated with a specific purchase order and can be easily matched for payment, non-PO invoices lack this structured framework. As a result, processing non-PO invoices manually can be time-consuming and error-prone. Here are some common pain points associated with manual processing:

Data Entry Errors:

Manually inputting invoice data into accounting systems leaves room for human error, leading to inaccuracies and discrepancies in financial records.

Delayed Processing:

Non-PO invoices often require additional approvals and manual routing, leading to delays in payment processing and strained vendor relationships.

High Processing Costs:

The manual handling of invoices incurs labour costs and increases the likelihood of late payment penalties and missed discounts.

Lack of Visibility:

Without a centralised system for managing non-PO invoices, businesses struggle to gain real-time insights into their payables, hindering decision-making and financial planning.

Enter AP Automation Solutions

AP automation solutions offer a transformative approach to managing non-PO invoices, enabling organisations to streamline workflows, reduce manual intervention, and enhance visibility into their payables process. When you automate your processes it can address the challenges associated with non-PO invoices:

Intelligent Data Capture:

 AP automation solutions leverage Ai enabled data capture  technology to extract data from non-PO invoices accurately. By automatically capturing invoice information such as vendor details, invoice numbers, and line item details, these solutions eliminate the need for manual data entry, reducing the risk of errors and accelerating processing times.

Workflow Automation:

With AP automation, businesses can establish predefined approval workflows for non-PO invoices based on customisable rules and thresholds. This automation ensures that invoices are routed to the appropriate stakeholders for approval in a timely manner, eliminating bottlenecks and expediting the payment process.

Integration Capabilities:

Leading AP automation solutions seamlessly integrate with existing accounting systems, ERP platforms, and third-party applications, facilitating the seamless exchange of data between systems. This integration enables organisations to maintain data integrity across their financial ecosystem.

Analytics and Reporting:

AP automation solutions offer robust reporting and analytics capabilities, providing organisations with actionable insights into their payables performance. By generating customisable reports on invoice processing times, approval cycles, and payment trends, businesses can identify inefficiencies, optimise workflows, and make data-driven decisions to improve their financial operations.

Businesses are under increasing pressure to operate efficiently and adapt to evolving market dynamics, AP automation has emerged as a game-changer for optimising the processing of non-PO invoices. By automating data capture, workflow management, and reporting processes, organisations can streamline their AP operations, reduce costs, and enhance visibility into their financial performance. Embracing AP automation isn’t just about improving efficiency—it’s about empowering finance teams to become strategic partners in driving business growth and success.

If you’d like to know more about how to automate your non PO invoices, or infact any element of your processes that you think are unique and not covered by standard automation then get in touch with the [email protected]

About the Author


Julia Stovold

Marketing Manager

As Marketing Manager, my role is to ensure our unique company ethos is present in all our marketing activities and find new opportunities to help us grow. With a deep understanding of finance process automation, I work with our delivery team to ensure that the pain points of our customers are fully understood, so that we can tailor our systems to your needs.

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