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Esker Named to Food Logistics’ 2016 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers List

Sydney, Australia — February 2, 2017Food 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 2016 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list. 

The FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers (http://www.foodlogistics.com/article/12285892/the-2016-fl100) list serves as a resource guide of software and technology providers whose products and services are critical for companies in the global food and beverage supply chain.

“The software and technology sector continues to generate new and exciting opportunities for growers, food manufacturers, grocery retailers and the many logistics providers that support them,” notes Lara L. Sowinski, editorial director at Food Logistics. “Today’s cloud-based solutions and mobile connectivity are helping create tools that are more flexible, affordable and responsive, making software and technology even more valuable to those in the global food supply chain.”

Esker’s cloud solutions allow food and beverage companies to cut costs by automating manual tasks via one integrated platform. Increasing industry pressures have many companies seeking to lower operational costs and maintain supplier relationships. These companies are directly impacted by errors that occur in order processing due to increased costs from incorrect shipments, returns and lost goods. Esker helps manufacturers and distributors manage the supply chain without paper-based documents such as fax and postal mail, creating easier access to documents and reducing costs with fewer manual tasks. Supplier relationships are also improved when orders are on time, correct and can be accessed in real-time if questions arise.

“We provide a simple solution that streamlines business processes for wholesalers, distributors, manufacturers and third-party logistics providers in the food and beverage industry,” said Steve Smith, U.S. chief operating officer at Esker. “We strive to deliver the most value by giving organisations the ability to cut costs and improve supplier relationships, and consider it a significant achievement to be recognised as a top technology provider and resource in this industry.”

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.

 

 

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Esker Expands Presence in Latin America Through Partnership with Signature Consulting

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Sydney, Australia — January 3, 2017 — Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, announced today its partnership with Santiago, Chile-based Signature South Consulting, a leading provider of solutions related to electronic document exchanges with digital signatures. The alliance is designed to benefit the Latin American customers of both companies by providing a more comprehensive set of offerings while meeting the complex and evolving electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) mandates that vary by country. 

Esker is a global company with customers that also have a worldwide presence. Esker decided to pursue a regional partnership to help navigate the various diverse e-invoicing mandates of the Latin America region. In Signature South Consulting, Esker found a partner with unparalleled expertise in e-invoicing compliance.

“Signature South Consulting was the obvious choice for us in terms of a partner,” said Steve Smith, U.S. Chief Operating Officer at Esker. “Not only is it the only provider of a solution that meets all e-invoicing requirements in Latin America, but it also has a reputation for integrity and excellent customer service. We knew right away that Signature South Consulting would be an asset to both our customers and our brand.”

Signature South Consulting also saw the value in an alliance with Esker. Although the company has expertise in electronic document exchanges, it wanted to expand its business service capabilities to include document automation and processing.

“We believe that developing relationships with companies whose skills complement our own is imperative as we continue to serve clients in many different markets with varying needs,” said Sergio Chaverri, Chief Marketing Officer at Signature South Consulting. “Esker is a global company with impeccable solutions and a long history of putting client relationships first, so we knew we had found the technological and cultural fit we were looking for.”

Now that the two brands have forged a synergistic partnership, they will begin offering integrated solutions to current and future customers.

About Signature South Consulting

Signature South Consulting is the leading company providing solutions for the electronic exchange of documents using electronic signatures, including e-invoicing. The company began operating in Chile in 2001 as a team of professionals with the goal of obtaining a harmonious set of capabilities that would enable them to achieve the results required by customers with the excellence and professionalism which they deserve. The corporate office is located in Santiago, Chile, with a shared services center in San José, Costa Rica and local offices in: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

There are more than 5,000 companies issuing 100% of their invoices by integrating Signature South Consulting solutions with their ERPs. Over 2,000,000 electronic tax documents are trafficked daily, all of which are transactions between companies through Signature South Consulting solutions. Signature South Consulting actively participates in events in Latin America, the U.S., and Europe, lecturing on Latin American models of e-invoicing (considered the strictest and most complex in the world) and the Signature South Consulting experience.

 

Order and Issue Management: An Untapped Potential for Improved Productivity and Enhanced Customer Relationships (Part 4)

 

Many industries and hence companies in ANZ also have seasonal peak order processing (garden products, home renovation products, season dependent food products, etc). Often enough companies hire additional temporary admin staff to handle the increased workload. Whilst this approach might work OK for some companies, every year these companies go through the same stressful situation of recruiting, training, temporary staff and do not really address the core issues. This is another great opportunity for companies to ‘do more with the same resources’.

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Esker Shortlisted for 2016 SaaS Awards

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – July 12, 2016 – Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing , today announced that it is a finalist in the 2016 SaaS Awards Program in three categories: Best SaaS Product for ERP, Best SaaS Product for Business Accounting or Finance and Best SaaS Product for Management Accounting or Budgeting.

With awards for excellence and innovation in SaaS, the Software-as-a-Service Awards program received more than 200 entries from around the world, including companies located in the US, Canada, Australasia, UK and EMEA. 2016 is the inaugural year for The SaaS Awards program, which is partnered with the annual Cloud Awards.
“Our mission is to enable our customers to streamline their business processes by improving efficiencies, accuracy, visibility and costs,” said Steve Smith, U.S. chief operating officer at Esker. “We consider it validation of our success in that goal to be recognised among the best SaaS providers worldwide.“

Esker’s solutions help organisations automate multiple document-based business processes on one integrated platform, approaching the entire cash conversion cycle through one interface. Esker was also the first to offer 100% cloud-based solutions that free businesses from buying, building or maintaining the necessary IT infrastructure.

“We have seen a great adoption of Esker’s SaaS solutions for order management and accounts payable in the Australian and New Zealand markets over the past 7-8 years. To be nominated in three categories is a fantastic recognition of the commitment of the Esker teams to driving Cloud adoption through smart and robust Cloud software solutions,” said Christophe DuMonet, Managing Director at Esker ANZ.

Esker’s sales order processing (SOP) solution, which automates the entire order process, from the reception of a customer order to its creation in the ERP/business application, is a finalist for the Best SaaS Product for ERP category. Esker’s accounts payable (AP) solution, which streamlines the process of verifying, entering vendor invoices and getting approval of the order, is a finalist for the Best SaaS Product for Business Accounting or Finance and the Best SaaS Product for Management or Accounting categories.

SaaS Awards and Cloud Awards organizer Larry Johnson said: “The SaaS Awards is a recognition platform specifically for software solutions. In a maturing international marketplace for cloud services, SaaS has proven to be the poster boy for leveraging thin-client technologies, while ensuring end-users are always working at the cutting edge.”
Final SaaS Awards winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. To view the full shortlist, please visit: https://www.cloud-awards.com/2016-saas-shortlist/

About the SaaS Awards

The SaaS Awards is a sister program to the Cloud Awards, which was founded in 2011. The SaaS Awards focuses on recognising excellence and innovation in software solutions.

Order and Issue Management: An Untapped Potential for Improved Productivity and Enhanced Customer Relationships (Part 3)

 

Whilst the numbers in ANZ might vary slightly – lower % for SLAs commitment, higher % for meeting SLAs and higher % for urgent order processing – the same root causes prevail in ANZ. There is a great opportunity for many companies to better manage the order management process with automatic processing (identification of priority orders for instance), real time analytics (prioritisation of order processing based on cut-off times for shipping) and team performance.

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ESKER: A Worldwide Leader in Cloud-based Document Processing Automation Software.

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Quit Paper in any Business Document Process

For Quite some time, business faced challenges to manage documents across different devices, as well as to control document flow that made business reporting an arduous task. This scenario prevailed for years mainly because organisations used manual processes, which were neither sophisticated not intelligent enough to capture data from complex documents such as invoices, sales orders and account statements. Due to the complexity these documents contain: product codes, GST, quantities, prices, etc. businesses experienced processing delays, high error rates, poor reporting and customer dissatisfaction. Thanks to documentation process automation software, organizations can automate their manual business processes  which were neither sophisticated nor intelligent enough to capture data from complex documents such as invoices, sales order sand account statements. Due to the complexity these documents contain: product codes, GST, quantities, prices,etc., businesses experienced processing delays, high error-rates, poor reporting and customer dissatisfaction. Thanks to documentation process automation software, organizations can automate their manual business processes and free up their workforce from spending hours on error-prone manual operations. Automating document processes throughout a company adds value to existing systems, enhances productivity, strengthens business relationships and improves the exchange of business-critical documents between customers and suppliers.

Starting off as a host access software provider in 1985, today Esker has become one of the leading document process automation solution providers. Esker solutions help organizations of all sizes to improve efficiencies, accuracy, visibility and costs associated with business processes.

The core principle behind Esker’s document process automation platform is a focus on helping businesses Quit Paper to drive operational efficiencies, cost savings and process visibility. Esker offers solutions specifically designed to eliminate the huge amounts of paper flowing through order-to-cash (O2C) cycle of fulfilling customer orders and collecting payment, and the purchase-to-pay (P2P) cycle of buying the goods and services.Increasing speed and accuracy through document process automation helps businesses fulfill customer orders faster, get paid sooner, optimize financial management and maximize supply chain efficiency.

From cloud computing and infrastructure to business processes and personal collaboration, Esker has proved to be one of the rarest software vendors to offer 100 percent cloud and business automation to its clients.

In a nut shell, Esker guarantees to bring the paper-flow of information to a halt within an organization by initiating the right automation to every business documentation cycle.

One Platform for Any Business Process

Esker allows businesses to control all of their document process improvement efforts in one collaborative platform that spans the entire cash conversion cycle. Whether they want to automate and capture any inbound documents (sales order, vendor invoices) or electronically deliver any outbound document (customer invoices,purchase orders),Esker allows them to automate as needed using a shared group of technologies.

Through this innovative platform, businesses have a single solution to receive sales orders or supplier invoices from any source; send purchase orders or customer invoices directly from ERP systems and store documents and data within the ERP application

Esker’s automation solution is implemented either on-premises via Esker Delivery Ware or in the cloud via Esker on Demand to automate accounts payable, order processing, accounts receivable, purchasing and more.

“Working with in a wide range of industries for nearly three decades with businesses of various sizes, we have found that automation typically helps organizations process business documents like orders and invoices up to 90% faster and a minimum of 40% more cost effectively when compared to manual processing methods,” said Jean-Michel Bérard, CEO at Esker.

Esker’s Innovative Solutions

Esker infuses its core mantra, Quit Paper, in every solution that the company delivers. For instance, Esker’s mobile invoice approval application, Esker Any where, equips managers with on-the-go accessibility to review and approve purchase requisitions and supplier invoices. The application helps businesses further speed up the review and approval cycles of invoice and requisition processing, as well as improve efficiency in the P2P cycle.

“Employees are becoming increasingly mobile and require anywhere accessibility to business processes and data in order to maximize productivity,” said Jean-Michel Bérard.“Our mobile app is a result of our ongoing commitment to bring value to companies looking for faster and more efficient ways to do daily business activities, including processing invoices and spend requests on the move.”

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Solution Dash boards Optimize Business Process Management

Esker offers collaborative and customizable solution dashboards which facilitate daily tasks, monitor performances indicator sand react quickly to prevent problems or spot opportunities early, making every action smarter and more strategic. The dashboards, which are integrated into all Esker solutions, enable users to access the right information when they need it, follow key performance indicators and provide real-time visibility on work in progress.

“Our simple, intuitive and collaborative solutions allow organizations to optimize how they manage critical business processes,” said Jean-Michel Bérard. “We are committed to improving our solution functionality, placing the user experience at the center of our development efforts. This new development philosophy generates greater customer adoption and improved user efficiency.”

“Esker is commitment to building a network of business collaboration, enabling meaningful connections between organizations, suppliers and customers.”

 

After having catered to Malaysian Airlines, Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, Whirlpool etc.,Esker continues to innovate and offer enhanced solutions to deliver greater added-value to its customers.

 

Jardiland selects Esker’s Cloud-Based Purchase-to-Pay Automation Solution

 

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Sydney, Australia — February 10, 2016 — Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, today announced it is working with Jardiland, the leading French specialist and distributor of gardening and pet supplies, to automate its purchase-to-pay (P2P) process. Esker automates over 24,000 of Jardiland’s vendor invoices annually and just as many purchase requisitions. With Esker, Jardiland is able to achieve ROI based on time savings and increased productivity, as well as optimise its P2P cycle and accounting period closing.

Jardiland has been automating the delivery of its customer invoices with Esker since 2007, and following an internal reorganisation in 2014, the company decided to also automate its accounts payable (AP) process, which includes 2,000 monthly vendor invoices from 80 different stores and services, as well as its purchase requisitions.
Jardiland has already achieved many benefits from automating its P2P process, including:

  • Invoices processed five times faster, a process which previously required 10 handling steps and took 12 minutes per invoice
  • Increased purchase order (PO) visibility to improve the purchase requisition process and monitor financial commitments
  • Accelerated financial closing periods from 10 business days to three business days
  • A single database of information for the different stores, services and accounting departments

After having consulted with eight different solution providers, we selected Esker because they offered one of the only solutions on the market capable of reconciling vendor invoices and purchase requisitions, while completely integrating with SAP,” said Ann Favier, Vice President and CFO at Jardiland. “We were also impressed with the cost, implementation time, solution ergonomics and ease of use for our stores and accounting teams alike.”

Solution Implementation

Esker’s automation solution implementation is planned in two phases:

  • The first phase, already operational, applies to non-maintenance, repair and operations vendor invoice automation and includes scanning, processing, validation, payment via SAP and data fed back into Esker’s solution.
  • The second phase will enable the processing of supplier invoices with POs, which includes purchase requisitions, validation, order creation and integration in SAP, notification of order receipt in Esker and fed back into SAP, and automatic reconciliation between orders and invoices for processing and payment.

Esker teams apply an Agile methodology and demonstrate an excellent understanding of accounting problems,” said Favier. “The first phase of implementation was completed well within the two-month period originally planned. Immediately following the launch, our users were very pleased with the productivity gains and enhanced ability to estimate budgets. In just two days, we were able to catch up on 500 invoices!”

About Jardiland

Founded in 1973, Jardiland is the leading French specialist and distributor of gardening and pet supplies, with a network of nearly 200 stores, including 83 branches and a presence in Spain with eight points of sale, including six branches. The company offers a full range of products and services associated with gardening, pets and lifestyle and has 2,500 employees (5,000 including franchises). Jardiland achieved 744.7 million euros in 2014. The investment company L-Gam is its shareholder since January 31, 2014. Jardiland’s president is Thierry Sonalier.

Heinz Improves Its Customer Service with Esker’s Cloud-Based Order Processing Automation Solution

 

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Sydney, Australia — February 17, 2016 — Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, today announced it was selected by Heinz, a global leader in the food industry, to automate its order management process. Esker’s Order Processing solution has enabled Heinz Iberica to automate 22,500 yearly orders in its SAP® system, 44% of which are received by EDI while the rest are received by fax, email or paper.

Heinz was looking to simplify and standardise its order management process by reducing manual intervention as much as possible. Time previously spent on the administrative process of order entry has been reallocated, allowing teams to focus on more value-added tasks such as customer service and supply chain management.
Heinz implemented Esker’s Order Processing solution in Spain in August 2015 for a limited number of customers, and in the first day alone, the company was able to automate 20% of its orders. In the months since, Heinz automated the processing of 80% of its fax and email orders, totalling over 1,000 orders per month.

Heinz has already achieved many benefits from automated order processing including:

  • Decreased processing time thanks to intelligent data capture technology
  • Orders loaded directly in the SAP system
  • Electronic order archiving providing increased visibility and control
  • Dashboards containing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and customisable reports

“To speed up our customer response time and process orders quicker and more efficiently, we needed to reduce our time-consuming manual order entry process,” said David Laso, Director of Customer Service at Heinz Iberica. “To achieve this, we looked for a solution that could automate 100% of our orders, even the non-EDI ones. We have reduced both time and effort previously required to handle manual order entry, allowing us to focus on more strategic activities with higher added value.”

About Heinz

Heinz is a global leader in the food sector, particularly in the sauce (e.g., tomato sauce, ketchup and mayonnaise) and prepared meals industry. In Spain, the company has many well-known brands such as Heinz, Orlando, HP, LP, etc. The company has a worldwide presence, and following its integration with Kraft, hopes to become the international reference in the food sector by creating a better world.

Heinz places customer satisfaction, quality, integrity, ownership, merit and innovation at the core of its business. Heinz is also working to create a better world through initiatives for sustainable health of the planet, the community and society.