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A First look at the 2015 APN Survey results

Thursday 14th May, 2015

With many organisations still facing an uphill battle against manual processing and disparate systems, understanding where your company sits in relation to others can be an elusive goal. And, despite the cultural changes over the last few years, purchase to pay departments can still be isolated areas of the business, making it difficult for those working within them to get a sense of the broader social, technological and process changes coming their way.

Bringing AP to the table in Las Vegas

Thursday 9th April, 2015

Think of Vegas, and what comes to mind - bright lights, Caesar’s Palace, a town that never sleeps? Popping up like a neon mirage out of the Mojave desert, Las Vegas has long been a mecca connecting people looking for fun. And on the list of many is the chance to take in a Cirque de Soleil show while they’re there. So it was great to see a little taster at AribaLIVE’s opening session, and as I watched the dancers twist and spin with eye watering flexibility, one thought that was furthest from my mind was the workings of their supply chain.

Late payment’s in the news

...and the government is set to get even tougher with the late payers

By Guest Contributor, Caroline Wigley - Documation

Late payment and the issues it causes are in the news. In fact rarely a day goes by without some mention of the scale of the problem – the devastating consequences for businesses owed money, the negative effect on the economy as a whole, and the increasingly severe measures proposed to stop the practice.

Stop paying suppliers late and offer them choice

Wednesday 28th January, 2015

As Diageo becomes the latest corporate giant to hit the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, one of the fundamental business tensions between buyers and suppliers has once again come to the fore – when can payment for goods received reasonably be expected? A buyer buys from a supplier, supplier gets paid is the foundation of any business. But what happens when the balance of power sits so definitively with the buyer? In an ethical operation, that balance shouldn’t matter – the transaction should fulfil the obligations outlined in the (no doubt much negotiated) contract.

Premier Foods not so exceeding tempting offer…

Monday 8th December, 2014

With such cosy household names as Mr Kipling, Branson, Bisto and Ambrosia under its label, it’s easy to think of Premier Foods as a manufacturer at the top of their game. And of course, with 99% of all UK households buying a Premier product this year, in many ways they are. But struggling under a mountain of debt, the Board probably thought that it had come up with an excellent, profit-boosting scheme with the so called “Pay to Stay” supplier programme. And over the last 18 months, it’s one which has netted the firm millions of pounds.

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