Monday, April 4, 2011

EIPP takes center stage at NACHA Payments

Mark Brousseau

As businesses continue to push for reductions in operations costs and look for ways to support green initiatives, it’s no surprise that more of them are turning to electronic invoice presentment and payment (EIPP) as a solution. EIPP is a hot topic this week at NACHA’s Payments 2011 in Austin, Texas – great timing with Earth Day just a few weeks away.

“The volume of paper required to support traditional invoice and payments processes can be enormous,” said Michael Lane, CEO for EIPP solutions provider Data Impact. “According to NACHA’s PayItGreen Alliance, a firm initiating 260,000 paper payments annually could save significant resources by converting just 20 percent of those payments to electronic. And similar savings can be gained through electronic invoicing as well.”

Data Impact’s electronic invoicing solution allows suppliers to upload invoices and related documents to a secure site, and then customers can access the website and make a payment.

Considering the high amount of paper invoices that are wasted every year, the benefits to electronic invoicing are substantial, Lane said. International Account Payable Professionals (IAPP) and The Association for Work Process Improvement’s (TAWPI) 2011 Account Payable (AP) Automation Study indicates that 90 percent of respondents still receive paper-based invoices in their organization – a situation that Lane says businesses no longer can afford.

With EIPP, companies can solve their excess paper invoice problem while implementing a green solution. Lane said there are several ways e-invoicing support green initiatives:

· Reduced paper processing, printing, and storage
· Decreased duplication of invoices – “You won’t have four copies of the same invoice in four different places,” Lane noted.
· Reduced paper mailing, handling, and postage

“The green factor is obvious with e-invoicing,” Lane said. “But, its real value is streamlining procedures while providing businesses with a major cost reduction in account receivable functions such as invoice delivery, copy invoice and reconciliation.”

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