With the proliferation of automation in Manufacturing, Human Resources and Sales & Marketing, do you think your peers within your company would be surprised to learn that your Accounts Payable department still writes paper checks to suppliers and vendors?  Would your family and friends think that working where you do that accounts payable systems must certainly be automated? 

When talking to newly onboarded clients, they often admit the barriers that held them back from transitioning to accounts payable automation in the past. 

Do any of these barriers sound familiar?

 

Barrier #1- Not enough time

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In today’s world, finding time to make payments or transfer funds may be challenging. With management of people and processes, monitoring transactions, bank records reconciliation, creating and managing reports, calculating and monitoring benchmarks, and coordinating compliance, a Controller and his AP department are stretched thin to make everything happen.  Time is further reduced when there are multiple operating entities or subsidiary companies within an organization. 

Yet, paper transactions still dominate all other payments in business. In fact, many companies prefer having a paper trail and feel more at ease than performing electronic transactions. “Checks continue to serve a function because no payment system is perfect for every scenario,” says David Walker, president and Chief Executive Officer of the Electronic Check Clearing House Organization (ECCHO). “Checks are different, in that any one of us who has a checking account can initiate those payments to anybody else.” Although paper checks must still relied on for some same-day transactions, like an unexpected C.O.D. package delivery, the dwindling of paper check transactions is upon us.

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7 Challenges Accounts Payable Managers Face

Written by Julie Negrete-Anderson | Thu, Feb 25, 2016 @ 03:11 PM |

Accounts payable managers will face new challenges due to technological advances, multiple payment channels, and pressure to reduce costs. Cloud technology and software automation, for example, have opened many doors for accounts payable managers to streamline processes, but there are still uncertainties on when and how to make AP changes to realize the benefits of these new opportunities. This adds a level of complexity to the accounts payable manager's job while at the same time providing hope of greater flexibility and insight into the data generated from AP. To help, we will address some of the biggest challenges accounts payable managers will face in 2016 and how best to prepare.

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