With remote work expected to remain the new normal for the foreseeable future, it will be especially trying for these organizations to maintain business continuity within their current processes. Luckily, solutions like AR automation can help to eliminate the mundane tasks that tie up your finance team, enabling a more streamlined collections experience that ensures continuity for your business.
Consider a day in the life of a Credit and Collections Manager today. They are required to check several accounting systems and their ERP for updates on customers’ standing. Credit managers will oftentimes need to manually input or manipulate this data into different reports for internal purposes, before cross-referencing it with their ERP and accounting systems, perform follow-ups with clients, all while tracking these interactions in a separate CRM tool.
Considering all of this effort, there are three main challenges that a manual collections process brings with it:
There is a better approach to this process and it all begins with automation.
An important benefit of automating collections is the ability to move from task-based collections to exceptions-based collections. Task-based collections management is the traditional collections approach in which credit and collections teams spend their days working through exhaustive ‘to-do’ lists, including: manually investigate historical data for debts and bills, send emails to customers when they are XX days past due, process payments and refunds, update account status records, resolve billing issues, and so on. With exceptions-based collections management, automation does the bulk of the work so that you and your team only need to step in when human interaction is absolutely required to get the job done.
If you’d like to learn more about how your business can streamline its collections with AR automation, please contact us directly and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
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