80%

reduction in invoice

resolution times

100%

visibility over

all invoices

Savings

in both time

and costs

“Because staff act faster, we can pay suppliers faster and have better relationships with them.”

Jimmy McHugh, IT Business Systems Manager, C&C Group

Challenge

The invoice volume managed by the C&C Group’s accounts payable department had doubled to nearly 60,000 supplier invoices annually. The existing paper-based, manual invoice approval and payment process required automation to support all international offices. C&C also required full visibility over all invoices processed and a reduction in the time taken to process supplier invoices.

Solution

SoftCo Accounts Payable Automation was deployed for centralized business automation, providing integrated scanning and routing across all regions and storage in the SoftCo Compliant Archive. All invoices are captured and matched against valid purchase orders ensuring supplier compliance. Invoices are routed for approved and signed off by relevant approvers. Rejected or queried invoices are rerouted via dedicated workflows for exception handling. The solution is fully integrated with the organization’s JD Edwards ERP system.  The C&C Group’s accounts payable team now have complete control and visibility over the entire AP process.

Results

C&C have full visibility over the status of all invoices for each entity. Problem invoices are pinpointed and issues resolved across various time zones within days instead of weeks. Significant time and costs have been saved, supplier queries are handled promptly and C&C are able to access all invoices and related information compliantly.

Information
  • Industry:Food & Beverages
  • Solution:Accounts Payable Automation
  • Region:UK & Ireland
  • Employees:500+
  • Invoices:60,000 per annum
  • ERP System:JD Edwards

C&C Group has a turnover in excess of €875 million, employing over 500 people. The group’s brands include Bulmers, Magners, Tennants, Five Lamps and Caledonia. The group owns markets and distributes its portfolio of largely Scottish, Irish, and English beer and cider brands in its two home territories of the island of Ireland and Great Britain. In addition, its international operations comprise North America with a portfolio of craft cider brands, which are also exported to over 60 other countries worldwide.

“Staff who help us resolve problem invoices are based in offices around the world. We find that the SoftCo AP solution makes it much easier to communicate with people across different time zones.”

Jimmy McHugh,
IT Business Systems Manager, C&C Group

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Why choose SoftCo?

SoftCo’s Smart Automation solutions automate Procure-to-Pay, Accounts Payable, Vendor Management, eBilling and Contract Management processes. Reducing costs, increasing efficiencies and delivering an intuitive user experience across all devices. SoftCo Compliant Archive is SÄHKE2 and ISO 27001 certified, meets all compliance obligations and effectively manages all organization data.

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