Schneider Electric's e-invoicing initiative saves $500,000 in its first year

The success of Fisher Scientific Europe with invoice automation can be attributed to the full commitment of its AP department to partnering with Tungsten Network to onboard its suppliers and work with other company stakeholders to advance understanding of the benefits of digitisation.

Overview

Schneider first approached Tungsten Network in 2008. At the time, Schneider was processing 650,000 invoices at three A/P locations. Paper-based invoices accounted for 90% (585,000) of all invoices received. “First and foremost, we needed to improve the invoice-to-pay process” noted Pam Carper, Manager of Disbursements, “handling such a huge volume of paper naturally led to errors.”If dealing with that amount of paper wasn’t enough of a challenge, each North American A/P center utilized up to two different legacy accounting systems and multiple vendor master files.

Schneider knew that the answer was to use e-invoicing to automate their large financial processes and implement a standard solution globally. With the goals of reducing invoice processing costs, increasing the quality of invoices being received, and enabling a quick and simple process for onboarding their suppliers globally, Schneider’s e-invoicing journey found success from the very beginning.

Within the first six months, Schneider Electric had already realized $200,000 in annual operational savings and could project $500,000 in annual operational savings when Tungsten Network was fully deployed.

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Results

85%
straight-through processing for e-invoicing
500k
realised in savings within the first year
1
streamlined solution capable of handling many sumbission methods

“There are two distinct components required for a successful e-invoicing initiative: the technical and the supplier enablement services,” says Carper. “When evaluating options, it is critical to consider all of the capabilities and all of the costs for each option being considered. Tungsten was the best option for both components.”

Pam Carper, Manager of Disbursements, Schneider Electric

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