Organizations of every stripe – small businesses, schools & colleges, and even some large companies – continue to email Excel sheets to approve purchase requests and issue a purchase order. While that’s better than paper, Excel still has numerous disadvantages particularly in today’s mobile-centric, data-driven world. You need a fully digital solution.Continue reading “How to optimize purchase order processing. Hint – Stop using Excel!”
Let’s face it – even though procurement management is an essential part of successful businesses, it’s one of the most disorganized activities at many organizations.
More often than not, inefficient manual processes are the root cause of these challenges. These messy and wasteful processes causes delays, errors, and workarounds that result in much larger downstream issues such as:
- Mismanaged supplier relationships
- Delayed projects
- Unnecessary legal costs
- Overworked employees
- Lagging stock price.
Procurement is a core operational function of any business. Without the ability to obtain the necessary materials, a business cannot manufacture its products.
Traditionally, procurement’s most important goal was to lower costs. However, the pace of modern business has accelerated dramatically. Today’s businesses also operate on a global landscape sourcing materials and selling products across the world. That’s forced procurement to become a digital, measurable function aligned with overall corporate priorities.Continue reading “Top 5 Priorities for Procurement in a 21st Century Business”
Procurement vs Purchasing vs Supply Chain Management – business people tend to use these terms interchangeably. While they are related and are all part of a company’s finance or accounting function, there are differences.
Let’s understand each one and the differences between them in more detail.Continue reading “Procurement vs Purchasing: What are the differences?”
Procurement is an essential component of any business. In order to operate effectively and produce its own goods and services, every organization must procure various goods and services from third party vendors.Continue reading “Streamline your Procurement Process | A Complete Guide”
Purchase requisitions and purchase orders – more commonly referred to as POs – are both key documents in an efficient procurement process for any business. They enable teams to plan purchases adequately, plan budgets, and provide proof of spending in case of financial audits.Continue reading “Purchase Orders vs Purchase Requisitions – how they are different”
People often confuse purchase orders (also known as POs) and invoices or use them interchangeably. In fact, they are two different documents that each serve their own purpose. Both are key elements of the procurement process for any business.
But what’s the difference between the two – and when would you use a PO vs an invoice?Continue reading “Purchase Orders vs Invoices – What You Need to Know”
Automation is already here, and we benefit greatly from it every day. From electronic boarding passes to smartphone maps to online banking, we’re using less paper in our daily lives and living better for it. Yet many everyday work processes are manual and still rely on paper or email.