That is why, among other things, Philips introduced paperless invoicing in 2006. It began an outbound e-invoicing project across several business units, including Lighting and Consumer Lifestyle.
Today, e-invoicing has been successfully implemented in several European countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Poland. It is currently bein gextended to other delivery channels and other regions.
“We strive to optimize our internal processes to ensure maximum energy savings and efficiency. One of the major projects we have initiated in this regard is the delivery of electronic invoices, replacing the paper version.
This enabled us to bring our paper flow down to a minimum, while providing the customer with the required information in a fast and correct manner.”
SELECTING AN E-INVOICING PARTNER
To facilitate its European e-Invoicing project, Philips partnered up with Basware. Lode Reyskens: “At the start in 2006, it soon became clear that there was only one service provider who could meet all our needs. We needed a solution that was compliant in the many countries we operate in. In addition, we needed the solution to be highly flexible when it comes to connectivity with other e-Invoicing platforms, so we could use the same provider in every country and region to serve all of our customers.”
The Basware solution turned out to be the right one. There has been smooth cooperation between the technical teams. A good example of this cooperation was the massive project for Philips Lighting. In just a couple of months, the team set up a fully integrated flow of more than 50,000 invoices to Benelux DIY outlets.
“We truly appreciate the tremendous input, flexibility and accessibility of the Basware solution consultant who has coordinated this project."
Lode Reyskens, ICT Business Analyst at Philips.