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Algoma Chooses Esker’s Cloud-Based Solution to Streamline Its Accounts Payable Processes in an SAP® Environment

Sydney, Australia — June 5, 2017 Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, today announced it is working with Algoma, a North American steel manufacturer, to automate its accounts payable (AP) processes. Esker’s cloud-based accounts payable automation solution will integrate with Algoma’s SAP® system to bring more speed, accuracy and visibility to the 12,000 incoming documents it processes monthly.

Algoma selected Esker after implementing an SAP system in 2012. One of Algoma’s top priorities was to gain greater real-time visibility into important invoice details. The ability to integrate with SAP applications and sophisticated analytical capabilities of Esker’s solution were exactly what Algoma was looking for. Additionally, Esker will enable Algoma’s team of AP specialists to transition from clerical work to analytical roles, setting the stage for greater productivity and professional growth opportunities.

“Our goal was to not only transact vendor invoices more efficiently, but to also gain rapid insight into the potential bottlenecks and problems in our processes,” said Piper Lee Frech, senior manager – financial accounting, taxation and pensions at Algoma. “Esker’s machine learning technology and real-time dashboards that can be tailored to individual needs of each AP Specialist, gives us the flexibility and user-friendly interface we need to achieve our goal.”

This project signifies a positive step for the organisation, as it is the company’s first venture with a cloud-based solution. Algoma believes they will see real benefits from Esker’s cloud capabilities when it comes to communication with its vendors.

About Algoma

Algoma has been a mainstay of the North American steel industry for more than 100 years. A fully integrated steel producer with a raw steel production capacity of approximately 2.8 million tons per year, Algoma’s size and diverse capabilities enables it to deliver responsive, customer driven product solutions straight from the ladle to direct applications in the automotive, construction, energy, manufacturing and defense industries. Algoma’s operations are based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario with sales offices in Burlington, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta.

 

[Infographic] A Brief History of Payment Methods

We are excited to share a blog post from SlimPay today. This post features an infographic on the history of payment methods that evolved alongside civilizations.

When People, Process & Technology Align

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Customer service is the heart of any organization; happy customers mean brand loyalty, a healthy bottom line and a wide horizon for growth. Outstanding customer service requires successful alignment of three key components: people, process and technology (PPT).  The next three paragraphs describe each of these components, with some of the common challenges associated with each, and some suggestions about developing a comprehensive customer service program without breaking the budget.

People. Customer service is the ultimate people business. You need smart, articulate, flexible, creative people on your team, with a broad range of conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.  Unfortunately, many aspects of customer service are repetitive, time-consuming and boring. Without ways to utilize their most important talents, skilled customer service representatives (CSRs) often burn out and move on. Minimizing the amount of time spent doing routine tasks and maximizing the time spent helping customers will help you retain your best CSRs and attract the kind of new hires you need. In addition, you can learn a lot from your best CSRs about how to improve their job satisfaction.  Treating them as the experts in their field–which they are–can open new insights into streamlining their workflows and making the best use of their talents.

Process.  If it’s hard to keep your top CSRs because of the high number of routine, repetitive tasks, it’s time to look at your customer service process.  How do your CSRs document their calls? How do they identify problems, take orders, troubleshoot product malfunctions and resolve disputes? Are these procedures fast, efficient and easy to remember? Could they be automated to save time and reduce errors? Are CSRs involved in designing and implementing new procedures? If CSRs are the actors in your customer service theater, the process is the play they’re performing. It needs to highlight their talents, shore up their weaknesses and bring out the best they have to offer.  Pairing top-notch CSRs with effective, service-focused processes will make your customers applaud!

Technology.  Technology, from the pencil to the tablet computer, is the bedrock of your customer service toolkit.  In the theater analogy, technology is the stage, supporting both the actors and the script. You want it to be simple, intuitive and reliable. Your CSRs want it to be efficient and accurate so they can spend their time helping customers instead of struggling with technical glitches.  Your customers want it to be tailored to their needs so that their calls go quickly and smoothly. As technology advances, new tools are available to support every aspect of customer service, from language translation to order entry to quality reporting. With the right array of tools, your CSRs will feel empowered to do what they do best–make your customers happy,

Customer service teams are often underfunded, which makes it difficult to implement large-scale improvements. By breaking down your operation into the three components of PPT, however, you can identify changes that are moderate in cost but have a big impact on your team’s performance.  A third-party vendor may be able to help you prioritize your needs and help you visualize the solutions you need.  Manual processes that your CSRs find tedious or vulnerable to error may be streamlined into automated, paperless versions that in turn yield detailed reports. Decreased time spent in documentation will free up your CSRs to focus on your customers–and significantly reduce your call wait times.

If you are looking for ways to improve your customer service performance, download this detailed white paper to see how a comprehensive PPT approach may fit your needs.

Meet Michael – Controller | Esker Accounts Payable

 

Michael oversee’s the accounts payable department – him and his team have a lot to do with little time to do it. Michael faces challenges such as poor cash flow visibility, delayed approvals & late payments, missed discounts, and lack of tracking & reporting.

 

Mobile Requisition & Invoice Approval App | Esker Anywhere

 

Financial professionals are expected to perform with speed, accuracy, and accessibility. In a workplace where everything was needed yesterday and instant 24/7 availability and access is becoming the norm – mobile adoption in any solution is a necessity.

Meet Susan – Life Science Industry Customer Service Representative | Esker Order Processing

 

Susan has her MBA and is a customer service representative in the Life Science industry. She faces unique challenges in this industry and recognizes the importance of accuracy in her position. But she is frustrated most of her time is spent manually entering sales orders.

Learn More:

http://www.esker.com.au/solutions/sales_order_processing/

 

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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Leading Communications Service Provider Automates Over 10,000 Monthly Invoices with Esker’s Cloud-Based AP Solution

Tools such as mobile invoice approval, customisable dashboards and a self-service portal are streamlining the purchase-to-pay (P2P) process

Sydney, Australia — November 28, 2016 — Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, today announced it has completed a project with the leading communications service provider in Malaysia to automate its accounts payable (AP) process. Esker’s cloud-based accounts payable solution integrates with the company’s SAP® system, helping to significantly reduce the amount of manual handling and invoice processing time. ap_pantone

 

Preparing for Malaysia’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation and faced with limited invoice visibility, lost invoices, high document handling time and costs, and late approvals, the communications service provider was looking for a cloud-based solution to simplify its AP process and reduce paper usage. It was important that the solution be customisable for its unique business requirements, particularly the company’s desire for mobile functionality. Esker was able to deliver a complete AP solution, including electronic archiving, and today automates the processing of over 10,000 monthly vendor invoices.

Mobile Capabilities & Solution Dashboards

As part of its initiative to bring greater efficiency to AP, the company is taking advantage of the many innovative AP automation tools Esker offers. For example, Esker’s mobile invoice approval application Esker Anywhere, enables managers to approve requisitions, purchases and payments while they’re on the move resulting in faster invoice processing and increased efficiency in the P2P process.

The company is also using Esker’s collaborative and customisable dashboards, which provide its users with instant access to essential data, allows Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to be tracked easily and provides real-time visibility. Thanks to a comprehensive view of daily tasks (e.g., invoices pending approval, invoices by status, number of invoices processed by full-time employees, etc.), the communications service provider can better manage workloads and internal resources.

Supplier Portal for Improved Collaboration

Esker’s self-service portal also brings new levels of cost savings and efficiency to the company’s AP department by reducing the number of daily invoice status enquiries — allowing staff to focus on higher value-added tasks. Additionally, with suppliers able to submit invoices directly and electronically via the portal, the company further reduces unnecessary paper handling and improves the timeliness of payment to its suppliers. Ultimately, supplier relations and collaboration are strengthened as the company increases its productivity.

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Order and Issue Management: An Untapped Potential for Improved Productivity and Enhanced Customer Relationships (Part 7)

 

Let’s not confuse ‘issue management’ solution and ‘issue management’ process.

For sure, most companies deal with ‘customer issues’ – mostly via a mix of tools such as email, telephone, CRM, intranet, etc. This means that there is no adequate ‘issue management’ solution in place to effectively and productively drive the prompt resolution of customer issues. Of course, this leads to customer dissatisfaction and erode positive branding. Like the recent quote from the CEO of Telstra who said that customers do not compare their customer experience between vendors but against their last interaction with the same company.

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