Until Basware, the company’s 18 hotels independently ordered their products from regular or local suppliers. The invoice was sent to the hotel that placed the order and was manually entered into SAP.
To achieve greater efficiency, we decided to automate the invoicing process as part of our corporate reorganization. Bing Váhl, Purchase Manager, Bilderberg
While the administration was decentralized, payments were centralized at the head office in Renkum. However, to achieve greater efficiency, Bilderberg needed to embrace automation.
Spend visibility was challenging. It was easy for an employee to assign an invoice to a different spend category than their colleague at another hotel. This made it nearly impossible for Bilderberg’s purchasing department to have a good overview of hotel purchases.
Bilderberg had approximately 40 financial staff working across the hotel locations, which were responsible for invoice processing. Centralizing this workforce would help drive efficiencies and productivity gains.
WHY BILDERBERG CHOSE BASWARE'S E-INVOICING SOLUTION
Bilderberg spoke with four companies, including Basware and Basware’s implementation partner, iCreative. Bilderberg selected Basware primarily for its ease of use and because it’s scalable, maintenance-friendly, and has a strong track record integrating the SAP systems.
Once that decision was made, a Basware expert from iCreative worked with Bilderberg on developing the blueprint for their solution and the implementation rollout.
Its user-friendliness, in particular, was phenomenal. Installation went well and was successful. A dedicated project manager, assisted by a technical consultant, helped us get used to the new program.Stéphanie van der Stelt, Manager Finance Accounting & Control, Bilderberg
After a successful installation, Bilderberg trained all hotel employees in electronic invoice receiving and invoice validation. Also, a supplier enablement program was set up as suppliers now have to send their invoices electronically.
Invoices arrive via the supplier support portal or a centrally managed inbox where they enter the Basware system. The invoices are received and coded by line item automatically and routed to the correct workflow.
Then, the hotels are notified that an invoice is ready for approval. Everything is centrally received and processed. The only decentralized activity is approving the invoices.