Integrated Payables (IP) and Strategic Supplier Enablement
Do you think your organization has a grasp of EAP, AP Automation, Integrated Payables, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Supplier Enablement AND how it all works together? Maybe, maybe not? There are many views of what these mean and how they work and very few of them are the same view. Even fewer are correct!
What Integrated Payables IS and what it is NOT
Integrated Payables is widely misunderstood. It is a solution that incorporates all payment types – Virtual Card, ACH, Check and Wire – into a single payment process.
It is available to organizations to automate the payment portion of their electronic accounts payables (EAP) process. This differs from AP automation which is only the automation of the invoice processing that comes prior to the payment itself. Many organizations today realize that they have automated the invoice process, but don’t have a payment hub built into their process to actually complete the payment. This leads to buyer remorse.
Integrated Payables Trend
Suppliers are still resistant to accepting electronic payments. There are disparate approaches for virtual card and ACH payments which result in a fragmented supplier onboarding experience. But today, solution providers are focusing on the convergence of AP and AR processes to make it easy for suppliers to accept electronic payments.
Align the stakeholders
Sourcing an Integrated Payables solution does not have to be a daunting task for organizations. However, ensuring that the solution selected is successful does require input from treasury and finance, as well as a partner that understands the importance of the supplier side of the equation. Your partner should also support technology solutions that require minimal dependencies on your IT staff.
What will you learn?
In this education session at AFP 2019 we will discuss current trends in Integrated Payables and how a effective and consolidated supplier enablement strategy leads to a stronger overall value proposition for both the buyers and suppliers.
Join Cindy O’Neill, President of Priority Commercial Payments at her session, Integrated Payables (IP) and Strategic Supplier Enablement, at AFP 2019 in Boston to learn more about this exciting and very relevant commercial payments trend.