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E-invoicing

What are the benefits of electronic invoicing?

July 27, 2023
9:00 am

Electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) is the electronic exchange of an invoicing document between a supplier and a buyer. When sent and received in a structured electronic format, the invoice can be automatically processed without the need for traditional paperwork.

The popularity of e-invoicing is increasing across the world. According to the Billentis report “The E-Invoicing Journey 2019-2025”, the 2019 global e-invoicing and enablement market was valued at around EUR 4.5 billion (USD 4.9 billion). Projections suggest that this market is expected to grow significantly and reach approximately EUR 18 billion (USD 20.5 billion) by the year 2025. The volume of electronic invoices and receipts globally is expected to increase four times by 2035.

Businesses of all sizes are transitioning to e-invoicing because of the many benefits it offers. Let’s take a look at just a few.

Benefits

Increased efficiency and faster payment

As electronic invoices are transmitted and received in a structured data format, their processing can be automated. This means no manual data entry from accounts teams, which results in working capital optimisation and allows team members to focus more time on strategic, financial tasks.

Furthermore, automatic processing decreases the distribution time, which can result in faster payments. Electronic invoices arrive in seconds and automatic processing is instant, which overall accelerates the invoice to cash time.

Leading e-invoicing providers also include digital payment links or invoice payment QR codes to help businesses pay faster. Both the link and the QR code direct customers to a secure payment page where the customer chooses how they want to pay - such as PSD2 (open banking), credit card or even local payment methods.

More meaningful data

An electronic invoice’s structured data allows companies to utilise data analytics tools to gain insights that can benefit their business. Through the structured data, trends can be analysed and patterns identified which can lead to data-driven decisions to improve the financial performance of a business.

Security

E-invoices are encrypted and can be sent through distribution channels such as Peppol, adding an extra layer of security which helps remove the risk of interception or fraud.

The archiving of e-invoices also helps in the security process. Long gone are the days of filing cabinets, invoices saved on company servers or even unsecure desktops. Businesses have more peace of mind with the extra security that comes with electronic invoicing.

Leading e-invoicing providers will also provide automatic, secure archiving, often for the legal archival period required in each country.

Compliance with e-invoicing regulations

One major benefit of e-invoicing is the automatic compliance with country specific tax regulations.

Around the world, more and more tax authorities are mandating electronic invoicing. Some mandates cover business-to-government (B2G) invoicing, business-to-business (B2B) invoicing and even business-to-consumer (B2C) invoicing. Staying up to date with the various regulations is challenging, therefore it pays to work with an e-invoicing provider who can ensure invoicing compliance in each country. E-invoicing has a positive effect on tax compliance costs for businesses and often reduces the administrative burden involved in audits from tax authorities.

For example, Unifiedpost Group meets tax compliance requirements in more than 60 countries and is regularly updated to meet new requirements. This provides businesses with a reliable partner that helps them stay always compliant.

Business and international opportunities

Using an e-invoicing provider makes international business that much easier. Electronic invoicing software converts business documents into any format required by the customer.

This allows for easier international business transactions, as no extra work is needed from the supplier or the customer.

Furthermore, leading e-invoicing providers can connect to international networks such as Peppol. This allows businesses to send cross-border invoices simply and securely, helping them to operate on an international scale.

Next steps: choosing the right provider

So now you have been convinced of the benefits electronic invoicing provides, what are the next steps? Picking the right provider, of course. Take a look here at what you should consider, and find out what kind of electronic invoicing provider is suitable for your type and size of business.

Electronic invoicing with Unifiedpost Group

Unifiedpost Group has electronic invoicing solutions for businesses of all sizes.

For smaller companies looking for a simple way to manage e-invoicing, payments and billing on one digital platform, our Banqup tool is available. Banqup simplifies and automates tasks and is designed for SMEs and freelancers who want to receive, create and distribute electronic invoices in the simplest way.

For larger businesses, Collect and Channel are your go to solutions.

Collect is an innovative all-in-one inbound solution for Procure-to-Pay processes, designed to equip your business for digitalising all incoming documents. Whilst Channel is a compliant and sustainable outbound solution for order-to-cash processes. Together they offer medium and large businesses e-invoicing without the hassle.

Tax compliant in 60+ countries, Peppol access point and a member of EESPA, our solutions are compatible with all existing ERP/accounting systems and an extensive list of 3rd party service providers. Get in touch to find out how our e-invoicing solutions can improve your business efficiency.

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