Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2018!

To all of our colleagues, peers, and friends, it’s time to say thank you to another awesome year of support and success! Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, festive season, and of course, a fantastic New Year 2018!

What a Year – 2017 Was a Huge Success!

What a year! 2017 has been a huge success, and it’s all due to Esker customers like you. Here’s how we’re wrapping up the year:

Esker Named to Food Logistics’ 2017 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers List

Sydney, Australia — December 12, 2017 — Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of products through the global food supply chain, has named Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, to its 2017 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list.

The annual FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list serves as a resource guide for software and technology suppliers whose products and services are critical to companies in the global food and beverage supply chain.

“New developments and innovations in the software and technology sector are making sizeable impacts on the global food supply chain,” says Lara L. Sowinski, editorial director for Food Logistics and its sister publication, Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The result is a greater visibility, improved regulatory compliance, enhanced shelf life for perishables, and the emergence of a more proactive and nimble food supply chain that benefits both the food industry and its logistics partners, as well as the end consumer.”

Food and beverage is among the few industries experiencing consistent growth. When companies encounter larger volumes of incoming orders, processing documents both quickly and accurately becomes more challenging. These challenges can be exacerbated by problems that warehouse distributors and manufacturers experience every day. Problems range from errors that result in incorrect shipments, inefficiencies in getting data into back-office systems and delays in processing orders for perishable items. Esker’s cloud-based solutions address these issues and allow food and beverage companies to trim costs, ensure timely delivery of goods and increase order processing efficiency.

“Esker is honored to be recognised once again as a top technology provider in the food and beverage industry,” said Steve Smith, U.S. chief operating officer at Esker. “We aim to provide our clients the most value by giving organisations the tools to improve supplier relationships, cut costs and streamline complicated business processes that can arise throughout the supply chain.”

Companies on this year’s 2017 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list will be profiled in the November/December 2017 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at

About Food Logistics

Food Logistics is published by AC Business Media, a business-to-business media company that provides targeted content and comprehensive, integrated advertising and promotion opportunities for some of the world’s most recognised B2B brands. Its diverse portfolio serves the construction, logistics, supply chain and other industries with print, digital and custom products, events and social media.

Is a Collections Forecasting Tool on Your Holiday Wish List?


Year end is right around the corner — do you have the ability to estimate the collectability of accounts receivable for the remainder of 2017? If not, you may want to put a collections forecasting tool on the holiday wish list from your CFO.

Accurate collections forecasting is more important than ever in understanding where your company is financially. Businesses are investing thousands of dollars in forecasting tools that help grasp sales pipeline, expense management and budget. Yet, despite such investments in technology, the forecasting of collections often gets put on the backburner with a claim that it’s just too difficult to capture.

Sure, there’s no crystal ball that can predict which customers will pay or won’t, but there are definitely things you can do to make sure your collections forecast is as accurate and helpful as possible, as well as have tools to capture and report on it. Improving the measurement of collections can make a huge difference, including:

  • Increased accuracy of budgeting and profitability predictions
  • Actionable data for credit and collections managers for collector evaluations
  • Greater call prioritization efficiency for collectors

The traditional method of estimating collections has been to look at a group of large accounts and estimate collection percentages by aging groups of receivables. That’s a lot of time and a lot of data! These are two essential data points that need to be automatically captured for the most accurate collections forecast:

  • Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) — The average time that receivables are outstanding. Using this measure, you might find that your average days to collect is 70. Thus, you could use this average to project receivables collections:

Ending Total Receivables x Number of Days in Period Analyzed
Credit Sales for Period Analyzed

  • Promise to Pay — Transparency with what was communicated during collection communication in regards to Promise to Pay (e.g. what invoices, how much, when, etc.) is crucial. Details such as reason for lateness, dispute specifics, partial pay plan, and amount of promised payment are all crucial reporting elements of any collections strategy, but companies often have difficulty capturing this data, which impacts collections results and customer service.

If you don’t have an easy way to capture DSO and Promise to Pay details, collections forecasting becomes too challenging and, ultimately, you can’t get a handle on cash flow. By staying on top of your cash projections with tools like automated collections management, you can better understand where your business is headed financially. Having data that is automatically aggregated and displayed, giving businesses the ability to uncover late payment trends, Promise to Pays, recurring issues, and spotting underlying problems is crucial to providing an accurate collections forecast.

Interesting Automation Facts

As more millennials hit the workforce, businesses are forced to adapt their antiquated processes to accommodate for this tech-savvy, educated group of individuals. As a result, businesses now more than ever are investing in automation technology to streamline manual, cumbersome tasks — allowing their staff more time to focus on strategic operations.

But automation technology is nothing new. As it turns out, many people don’t know a lot about the history of automation. From when it started and why, to who has leveraged it — there are many surprising facts spanning the topic.

Whether you are reading this for fun or to find a fact to help enforce a business initiative, here are five interesting facts about automation technology that you may not know.

5 Interesting Facts About Automation Technology

  1. The Greeks used it.
    Although it may seem like a new technology, automation dates back to ancient Greece. The Latinization of the Greek automaton, or “acting of one’s own will”, was first used by Homer. In fact, complex mechanical devices are known to have existed in Hellenistic Greece, including the only surviving example of the earliest known analog computer — the Antikythera mechanism.
  2. There was a Golden Age.
    The period from 1860 to 1910 is known as “The Golden Age of Automata”. In Paris, many small family-based companies of automata makers flourished. These rare and expensive French automata continue to attract collectors from around the world.
  3. There are lots, and I mean lots, of technologies to choose from.
    From 2016 to 2017, marketing automation alone saw a 36% rise in vendors (source: MarTech). Automation has been adopted in every industry, each using it to solve problems unique to their sector. Information Technology (IT), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Numerically Controlled (NC) equipment, robots, and Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS) are just a fraction of the different technologies currently available.
  4. There’s a type of automation named after Detroit.
    “Detroit automation” consists of moving parts from one machine to another while automatic adjustments are made to the positioning of the tools that shape them. For example, when a block of wood goes into the end of one machine, and a finished wooden doll comes out of another machine.
  5. Esker on Demand, a document process automation technology, has automated the amount of pages equivalent to the weight of nearly 10,000 sumo wrestlers.
    The amount of paper we use today is excessive — it’s been estimated that in the U.S. we use 65,395,000,000 sheets of paper each day. Document process automation lends a helping hand by reducing unnecessary paper consumption while optimizing business processes.

Know of any other interesting facts that should be included? Let us know below in the comments!

Building a Successful Business Case for AP Automation

Accounts payable (AP) and finance managers are aware of the advantages that AP automation has to offer. But it’s never as easy as simply selecting a vendor and implementing a solution. Before an automated AP invoicing project can hit the ground running, one critical hurdle must be cleared — getting buy-in from upper management and other key stakeholders.

The good news is, despite upper management consistently being cited as the biggest obstacle to AP automation, they understand the general benefits. According to survey results compiled by the Institute of Finance & Management (IOFM), the c-suite believes AP would benefit from automation more than any other finance/administrative function.

Check out this SlideShare to learn how to enable AP and finance managers to embrace their responsibility and equip themselves with the knowledge and strategies needed to make AP automation a reality. By better understanding how automated AP invoicing works, AP and finance managers can cite key performance indicators (KPIs) and analytics to more effectively persuade their organization’s top decision makers.