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3 09, 2019

How to Transform Your Accounting Processes – Step 3: Define your success metrics

2019-09-03T10:47:41-04:00September 3rd, 2019|Blog|

Transforming your finance processes doesn’t need to take months or years. But to achieve rapid results, you need a plan. There are five steps you need to undertake to improve your finance efficiencies, deliver a better customer experience and bring in more money – faster. Here’s step 3. - Missed Step 2? Click here to catch up. - 3. Define your success metrics AR automation can reduce your DSO by 5-25 days. Before you implement an AR automation tool, be clear on your expected ROI. Here are some areas where you should look to track the success of your AR automation solution once it has been implemented: Does it reduce the workload of your accounting team? Is the communication generated through the platform an improvement over email and phone? Does the integration with your ERP save your team time? Does the availability of this platform improve customer relationships? Are customers Read More

28 08, 2019

How to Transform Your Accounting Processes – Step 2: Assemble the right team

2019-08-28T10:06:58-04:00August 28th, 2019|Blog|

Whether your distribution company is growing, has stalled or is in decline, each scenario has its challenges. Whether enabling scale, securing profit margins and cash flow, or guarding against new competitive business models, you may not have the time or resources to devote to a lengthy finance transformation project. Transforming your finance processes doesn’t need to take months or years. But to achieve rapid results, you need a plan. There are five steps you need to undertake to improve your finance efficiencies, deliver a better customer experience and bring in more money – faster. Here’s step 2. - Missed Step 1? Click here to catch up. - 2. Assemble the right team According to a study by CIO.com , the lack of a strong team can cause your digital transformation project to fail. The top team-related challenges include leadership that isn’t committed, resistance to change, and a lack of talent Read More

20 08, 2019

How to Transform Your Accounting Processes – Step 1: Assess your current state

2019-08-28T10:06:36-04:00August 20th, 2019|Blog|

Transforming your finance processes doesn’t need to take months or years. But to achieve rapid results, you need a plan. There are five steps you need to undertake to improve your finance efficiencies, deliver a better customer experience and bring in more money – faster. Here’s step 1. 1. Assess your current state Charting your path for the future starts with understanding where you are now. Here are six questions that will help you identify inefficiencies in your current AR process and learn how they are impacting your cash flow. How many employees are involved with your collections processes? In addition to full-time collections staff, be sure to count other employees who follow up on late payments. Do you hire interns at year-end? Do your salespeople take time away from deals because they need to collect payments in order to get their commission checks, and what about your customer service Read More

6 08, 2019

Unlock Your Money and Gain a Competitive Edge with AR Automation

2019-08-06T13:49:35-04:00August 6th, 2019|Blog|

Invoice-to-cash automation transforms an often-overlooked area into a competitive advantage. Many wholesale distributors use digital technology to automate parts of their supply chain. However, digital tools can also transform your post-sale experience to set you apart from other vendors. AR automation streamlines your manual, time-consuming processes by automating core elements including invoice presentment, collaboration, collections, payments, cash application, and bank reconciliation. It helps you get paid faster, which is critical when you’re faced with low profit margins and increasing cost of capital. It allows you to unlock money that is tied up in AR, improve your margins, better manage your cash flow, and ensure that you have the working capital you need to run your business. Give Customers a Better Experience AR automation improves the experience you provide to customers by giving them on-demand visibility into accounts. Customers can log-in through a customer portal 24/7 to view invoices and supporting Read More

29 07, 2019

Innovative Digital Technologies Positively Impact Every Area of Your Finance Operation

2019-07-29T15:35:31-04:00July 29th, 2019|Blog|

You have the opportunity to use digital technology to protect your margins, free up your cash flow, and improve your customer experience Disruptors such as the Amazon Effect, shifting buyer expectations, and an increase in manufacturers that sell direct-to-consumer are putting your business at risk. According to a survey from Modern Distribution Management (MDM) , growth in the wholesale distribution market is expected to moderate. In fact, 30 percent of wholesale distributors are concerned about their outlook due to uncertain economic conditions, tariff trade wars, and a slowdown in residential construction. To thrive in today’s rapidly-changing landscape, you must use digital technology to transform your company and remain competitive. A report from IDC found that wholesale distributors who use digital technologies – such as robotics, analytics, and cloud services – can transform their finance processes and help them achieve the following benefits: Dramatically reduce your costs so that you can Read More

23 07, 2019

CFOs Not Actively Pursuing Digital Transformation Are Putting Their Business at Risk

2019-07-23T10:48:50-04:00July 23rd, 2019|Blog|

Digital transformation is about more than giving customers an online portal so that they can view information online. It’s about using technology across your business to boost efficiencies and provide customers with greater value. To stay competitive and improve the customer experience, you must embrace digital transformation. According to The Enterprisers Project digital transformation is “the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business resulting in fundamental changes to how businesses operate and how they deliver value to customers. Beyond that, it's a cultural change that requires organizations to continually challenge the status quo, experiment often, and get comfortable with failure. This sometimes means walking away from long-standing business processes that companies were built upon in favor of relatively new practices that are still being defined.” According to the National Association of Wholesale Distributors, “leaders must learn the art and science of innovation.” And they must do this Read More

10 07, 2019

Hackers Are More Sophisticated Than Ever (and Your Customer Data Is at Risk)

2019-07-10T15:57:17-04:00July 10th, 2019|Blog|

With cyber attacks making headlines almost every day, it’s not a matter of “if” you will be breached but “when.” Every AR transaction could expose gaps in your security that open your customer and financial data to hackers. Your chances of a breach also increase if you don’t know what payment systems all of your locations are using to process customer financial data. If your IT team isn’t aware of a system, they won’t be able to ensure that your financial data is secure. “20% of finance professionals said that their company was hit with a business email compromise attack.” TD Bank Human error also causes a number of breaches. AR employees may store customer credit card information in an unlocked Excel spreadsheet and then carry it around on their laptop. If the laptop gets stolen, your customer data is at risk. Or an employee may accidentally open a malicious Read More

3 07, 2019

Long Collection Cycles Increase Your Costs and Reduce Your Margins. Can You Afford it?

2019-07-02T14:48:31-04:00July 3rd, 2019|Blog|

Multiple touchpoints create extra steps in your invoice-to-cash cycle. The more steps you have, the longer it takes to get paid and the higher your operational costs to serve customers. The average payment cycle for wholesale distributors is 37 days. If you want to shorten your payment cycles and free up your cash flow, take a hard look at your invoice-to-cash process. The more steps that you have in this process, the more friction you will create and the longer it will take to get paid. “48.8 percent of the B2B invoices in America are overdue” Atradius Late payments often stem from friction in the invoicing process. It’s not that business owners don’t want to pay on time – it’s that, due to the nature of their business, it can be difficult for them to pay. If a contractor is on the road most of the time, they may only Read More