Digitally-enabled transactions are a fast-growing phenomenon. Whether used to access a range of products via an e-cat or PunchOut system, ordering products or sending an invoice, digital technologies now allow companies to raise the efficiency bar and save considerable money. Manutan reveals its vision of e-procurement in an explanatory video.
This video presents the fundamental concepts of e-procurement and how the process works. The procure-to-pay process is divided into three key phases as follows.
1. Customers look for the products that they wish to buy using:
- A Punch-Out system available in the form of a link on the supplier's website.
- A made-to-measure e-cat or electronic catalogue downloaded into the customer's procurement solution.
- Unique tools, including Manutan's proprietary ALL4YOU system for customers without an ERP or an e-procurement module in their information system.
2. Once the purchase requisition has been approved, the order is sent to the supplier via:
- Traditional channels, such as letter, email or fax.
- EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) with a direct connection or a P2P solution.
3. The products ordered are then prepared and dispatched to the customer. Finally comes the last phase: invoicing. Invoices are available in three different formats:
- Paper invoices.
- Electronic invoices (paper + EDI).
- Tax-compliant electronic bills (EDI, signed PDF, unsigned PDF or trusted third party).