pain sources

Based on our experiences, research and observations, there are common factors that mainly contribute to pains in managing procure-to-pay cycles for both Buyers and Supplier. Incredibly, many of pains in supply and demand chains can be traced back to the following three sources.

COMPLEX
COORDINATION
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Many individuals are involved in a long chain of processes. Coordinating among internal units is already complicated enough, let alone with external parties.

MANUAL WORK
PAPERWORK
DOUBLE WORK
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Manual Work, Paperwork, and Double Work are triple time-tested legacies more suited to old-fashioned businesses.  But they just cannot keep up with today’s requirements.

INFORMATION
UNAVAILABILITY
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In most cases, information without technology means much delayed information, and in many cases, no information at all.

pain areas

Some of the pain areas commonly encountered include the following.

INEFFICIENT
OPERATIONS
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Low productivity levels due to disjointed IT systems (or simply lack thereof) and uncertain inventory levels resulting in over- or under-ordering are common problems. 

ADMINISTRATIVE
PROBLEMS
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Typical administrative issues including miscommunication, delays in execution, long lead time, and lost documents. 

OUT-OF-VIEW
ACTIVITIES
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Lack of reliable and  delayed information are headaches in managing such key activities as buying decisions and  vendor/customer management. 

risks

Unresolved daily challenges could lead to much serious complications in running the business.  

OPERATIONAL
RISKS
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Human errors and failed processes may cause, for an example, increased delivery risks (accuracy, timeliness, quality).

FINANCIAL
RISKS
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High HR expenses, costs of inventory,  handling and leakage costs can create cashflow pressure.

STRATEGIC
RISKS
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Difficulty in identifying & keeping the right Suppliers or Customers can lead to failure to achieve competitive edge and  organizational objectives.