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FIS / TradeFlex Integration with ManoMano

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FIS / TradeFlex Integration with ManoMano

ManoMano is the leading European online marketplace for products relating to DIY, home and gardening. The online marketplace works with more than 3,600 retailers and offers more than. Europe’s largest online e-commerce site for DIY and garden supplies.

Working with our customers Re-In Retail International – the organisation switched to the FIS / TradeFlex hosted software, replacing their existing interfaces that were developed internally. RE-IN Retail already have connections with several marketplaces using the FIS / TradeFlex platform and benefit from standardised processes and SAP integration.

During the migration, orders could continue to be created and processed without restriction. To ensure a successful transition from the in-house developments to FIS / TradeFlex, the orders of the last 40 days were collected by ManoMano and migrated directly into FIS / TradeFlex without being transferred again into the SAP ERP system.

FIS / TradeFlex directly supported all activities for the orders, such as delivery, payment, reversal or returns. Thanks to the migration, Re-In can now also handle the sales processes on ManoMano in a fully automated manner. The connection of further marketplaces such as Cdiscount via FIS / TradeFlex is already planned.

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Make savings by automating invoice postings in SAP

Introduction

FIS invoice processing technology automates data-entry, freeing up accounts payable resource. Invoices are processed in any layout, in different languages and currencies. The technology assists with supporting colleagues working from home.

FIS are one of the leading software developers of applications that improve business processes in SAP ERP. The invoice processing solution provides time, effort and financial savings for organisations by:

  • Reducing manual data-entry tasks and additional human involvement
  • Positing a high proportion of invoice automatically into SAP (no touch processing)
  • Automatically forwarding FI (PO-exempt) invoices to individuals or groups
  • Providing a familiar SAP environment for invoice queries and approval workflow

Automated Invoice Data Extraction (FIS / fci)

FIS have developed one of the most effective technologies used for extracting supplier invoice data from a scanned or emailed attachment. By introducing technologies into the invoice data extraction process there is less manual keying and improved invoice data quality. Key invoice data can now be read from invoices with different formats, languages or currencies.

SAP Integrated Invoice Matching and Posting (FIS / edc)

As an integrated add-on to standard SAP, the invoice monitor technology enables invoices to be posted automatically or alternatively routes them to designated approvers or groups.

FIS / edc complements SAP ERP, creating new functions for the accounts payable team and approvers. The invoice monitor referencing real-time SAP data and enables incoming invoices to be identified as either payable or parked.

In addition workflows are incorporated into the invoice monitor to manage approvals. Additional functions are aimed at invoice assignments and complex invoice coding tasks.

In combination, FIS offer an enhanced process that releases accounts payable teams from mundane tasks. A high proportion of invoices are posted to SAP without any manual intervention

Functions of OCR Reader and Integrated Invoice Processing

Key Benefits

Reduced Effort for AP Team and Machine Learning. Invoice content is read automatically from day-one, so manual data-entry tasks are reduced. In time, the  data extraction technology "learns" the zones where the key data on an invoice resides for each supplier in a "knowledge database" - resulting in automatic reading of the invoice data.

(MM) Invoices that agree with the original PO and GRN in SAP could be posted automatically. (FI) Invoices can be assigned to accounts and forwarded automatically to individuals or departments.
Improved data quality. In the invoice data extraction component, invoice data is checked against SAP tables for vendor, company code and PO recognition. Net, tax and gross values are calculated to ensure that the data has been read correctly. Furthermore, the document can be classified (invoice, credit-note.. etc.) and assigned to the correct company code automatically.
 Rapid Adoption. As with all FIS add-on technologies, FIS / edc complements and works with standard SAP ERP presenting data from SAP transactions and new FIS transactions to assist with invoice queries.
Accounts Payable teams work within standard SAP GUI display formats and approvers use FIS / edc approval workflows using SAP Web Dynpro and Fiori App standards. By developing proprietary technologies using SAP platforms means that FIS applications are easy to adopt for organisations already familiar with standard SAP.
Deep integration with SAP standard. FIS / edc harnesses the intrinsic power and of SAP with no modifications to SAP standard being necessary. The processing technology presents information in real-time from the SAP database - so no data exchanges. SAP add-ons are easier to maintain when SAP upgrades and enhancement packs are introduced.
Diagram illustrating remote working for Accounts Payable Teams
Working from home. Many customers have adapted to the change in working practices brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Firstly, most customers have worked with their suppliers to further increased the proportion of invoices received via email - and reduced the volume received in paper format.
In this way, invoices are read automatically and manual completions, if required, can be actioned remotely. FIS / edc is also able to accommodate electronic invoices (EDI) and checks their credentials before posting.
Adopting an electronic method of invoice recognition means that organisations are not unduly hindered by the accounts payable team working from home.

 

 

 

 
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Automated Invoice Postings for SAP

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Automated Invoice Booking with SAP

Deeply integrated with SAP, FIS technology automates the posting of invoices and provides efficient tools for the management of invoice exceptions and queries

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FIS / edc (electronic document centre) is an SAP certified technology add-in that automates the processing of invoices and other documents such as credit memos, sales orders, customer payment advice notes and vendor statements with minimal human intervention.

FIS / edc reduces manual tasks and eases time pressure on the accounts team - taking the administration burden away from businesses. FIS / edc processes integrate with SAP to create financial savings as documents are processed automatically (no touch processing) and queries are handled more efficiently than with SAP standard.

The software is installed on the same IT infrastructure as SAP with no modifications to SAP standard required. FIS / edc works with the SAP database so information is presented in real-time.

FIS / edc also includes additional functions to make SAP business more efficient - specifically for the accounts team and invoice approvers.

FIS / edc (invoice monitor)

FIS / edc (invoice monitor) is normally paired with the automated data entry application FIS / fci. Combining these two technologies facilitate the posting of a high percentage of invoices in SAP without the involvement of the accounts team resulting in an unmatched "blind-booking" rate (no touch processing).

The application is further enhanced with the email invoice reader, which eliminates the need for printing or scanning of invoices sent as email attachments.

Invoice data for PO related invoices is compared to the open PO data and goods receipt data from SAP at item-line (position) level. A match, within a given tolerance, allows invoices to be posted automatically.

Approval Workflow

FIS / edc supports several workflow functions including a workflow application running on SAP standard Web Dynpro, which allows approvers to action the invoice with forwarding and account assignment functions.

Invoice approval may also be completed from mobile devices and desktops via a FIS Fiori app. This solution provides a simplified workflow design for tablets, smartphones and desktops.

For organisations:

  • Wishing to automate the vendor payment process and make savings when booking invoices into SAP
  • Requiring a substantial increase in the quality of the supplier invoice data
  • With a substantial SAP ERP investment who are looking to enhance the payment processes and make financial and time savings
  • Reduce the degree of manual keying and administration tasks within the current process
  • Wishing to make digital transformations in their current processes

Alternative to:

  • Standard SAP ERP module
  • Physical movement of financial documents
  • Manual keying of data with no validation checks
  • Printing and scanning emailed invoice attachments
  • Using email as a workflow tool

Technologies:

  • FIS / edc has versions for both SAP ECC 6 as well as SAP S/4HANA
  • Flexible import of invoices via OCR and EDI
  • Line matching (MM) of invoice data with SAP data i.e. open orders and goods receipts in real time.
  • Automatic account assignments
  • Workflow options using SAP standards Web Dynpro and Fiori apps
  • Reporting tools to identify issues and bottlenecks to assist with further process improvements
  • Transparency and history audit for each invoice
  • Deep SAP ERP integration with worklists for accounts payable users
  • Presentation of EDI transactions as a standard PDF

Benefits:

  • Higher productivity of accounts payable teams with more functions in a familiar SAP standard GUI, freeing up time from repetitive tasks
  • Faster supplier payments - meeting corporate specific service levels
  • Invoice image displayed in FIS/edc and workflow modules as well as SAP ERP
  • Harnesses the intrinsic power of SAP ERP
  • Integrated into SAP but with no need for modifications to SAP ERP standard - quick enhancement pack and upgrade changes
  • Data stored once in SAP database - no data exchanges with external software
  • High blind booking rate - particularly for emailed invoices
  • Efficient interrogation tools for exceptions / query management
  • High financial return on investment
  • AP team directed to more value-added work as FIS/edc automates labour intensive tasks
  • Reduction in long invoice processing times
  • Transparency and visibility of the entire P2P process

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Marketplace Management – not just Amazon

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Marketplace Management, not just Amazon and eBay

Online marketplaces enable a fast and flexible method of product exposure to new sales markets and customer groups.

Most customers start their product search via online marketplaces such as Amazon or eBay. The marketplace platforms offer benefits for enterprises including:

  • international reach
  • unlimited product selection
  • individual advertising opportunities
  • optional shipping services

In order to achieve these benefits and with potentially higher margins couples d with improved customer satisfaction, a deep integration of the systems involved should now be considered.

This is the preferred way to manage the information flow across the entire order-to-cash process, from product placement via billing, payments and returns processing.

FIS TradeFlex Connectivity to Marketplaces Diagram

With the trend towards using market platform organisations such as Amazon and eBay, FIS have created a new cloud-based integration tool that provides comprehensive functions for SAP users.

FIS / TradeFlex allows organisations to manage their product data, order, payments, returns and refunds. FIS / TradeFlex brings together your SAP system, the marketplace platform and additional systems including PIM (Product Information Management). Your benefits by using FIS / TradeFlex

  • Comprehensive and deep process integration in SAP
  • End-to-end process coverage - from product selection, to payments and returns
  • Full transparency of expenses and revenues, including reporting/evaluation
  • Central management of online marketplace business in one application
  • Significantly increase the visibility of your brands
  • Take advantage of new markets and customer groups locally and internationally
  • Faster and competent customer service – ready to provide information at any time

Comprehensive Processes in Marketplace Management

FIS / TradeFlex offers the optimal software solution for organisations with SAP ERP to connect to marketplaces. Whether an enterprise wants to step into marketplace ecommerce for the first time or already transact business via this channel (by selling their product range via their own online shop) FIS / TradeFlex enables a straightforward pathway to new customers.

The FIS / TradeFlex software enables enterprises to overcome the challenges of marketplace platforms by using state-of-the-art technology.
Running on SAP Cloud Platform and the high-performance HANA database, FIS / TradeFlex provides the ideal opportunity to seamlessly integrate the sales of your product portfolio on marketplaces into the SAP.
The software enables the management of all order-to-cash process steps in one solution.

Key Features include:

  • Available product quantities are automatically transferred to the online marketplace (i.e. adjusted to reflect actual stock levels in SAP in real-time)
  • Product attributes (i.e. size, colour, weight, materials) are automatically mapped with market places Amazon and eBay.
  • Billing documents are transferred back to the marketplaces via message control
  • Automatic prevention of unnecessary goods dispatches
  • Reimbursement management
  • Automated posting of charges if they are considered for payment
  • Returns notification via the marketplace
  • Back processing of payments in case of returns or credit memos

SAP Cloud Platform Software applications from the cloud need to be continuously connected to the ERP system in order to avoid data silos. The FIS professionals use SAP Cloud Platform Integration to implement continuous and efficient processes for hybrid IT landscapes as well. What is FIS / TradeFlex? FIS / TradeFlex is not a marketplace itself. It is an application build on SAP Cloud platform and Cloud Platform Integration to connect B2B as well as B2C marketplaces  to SAP system (no matter whether it is an ERP or S/4HANA system). This is done with no SAP modifications – non-invasive. Who is FIS / TradeFlex for? Generally wholesalers and producers/manufacturers who want to simplify and automate their processes when selling at marketplaces. In summary, FIS / TradeFlex is used by organisations with SAP who want to automate their marketplace business channel with the least possible amount of manual work whilst focusing on the whole process. The solution provides easy access to another sales channel besides their own shop-system. What is the competitive advantage of FIS / TradeFlex? FIS focus on process integration far deeper than pushing an order to SAP. We differentiate our product by adding payment matching, returns cancellation, dispute management functionality. Marketplace Platforms with FIS / TradeFlex connectivity.

fnac logo Fnac is a French based retain chain specialising in the electronics, books (including audio), electronics, CDs and DVDs and computer games.
mercateo online marketplace logo Mercateo is a B2B trading platform on the Internet, providing business customers the facility to search for many suppliers and products
Otto marketplace Otto is one of the world's biggest mail order and e-commerce companies. Brands include including Freemans and Gratton in the UK. 
Digitec Galaxus logo platform Digitec Galaxus is  the biggest online retailer in Switzerland – operating the Digitec and Galaxus online marketplaces.
Conrad logo platform Conrad electronics is a German retailer of electronic products. The marketplace platform  is focused on consumer and specialist electronics including computing equipment.
French DIY chain Mano Mano ManoMano  is a French based e-commerce company specialising in DIY goods and gardening products. ManoMano work with over 3000 retailers.
Cdiscount logo Cdiscount is a French e-commerce website with products such as electronics, household appliances and food - as well as services i.e. banking, travel, and mobile phone subscriptions.
idealo logo The Idealo website allows users to compare prices on a range of products from hundreds of shops and also offer selected flight destinations.