UPS and SunTrust Take E-Invoicing to a New Level with Ariba

UPS and SunTrust Take E-Invoicing to a New Level with Ariba

Companies tap cloud-based contract invoicing applications delivered on Ariba Network to drive compliance and cost savings, will share strategies for success at Ariba LIVE

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Getting savings to the bottom line is a challenge that all companies face. But it's one that UPS (NYS: UPS) and SunTrust Banks, Inc. are overcoming with the help of Ariba, an SAP Company. Leveraging the Ariba® Network, UPS and SunTrust are forging an innovative e-invoicing process to ensure the savings they negotiate actually materialize. The companies will share the stories of their success at Ariba LIVE, the business commerce event of the year, which will take place May 6-8 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Washington, D.C. Registration for the event is open today at

"When it comes to negotiated cost reductions, the median company loses about $9 million in value per $ 1 billion in spend as a result of maverick buying," says Kurt Albertson, Associate Principal, Procurement Advisory for The Hackett Group, an independent research firm. "Companies that can drive stakeholders to preferred contracts through the procure-to-pay process can effectively stem a significant portion of these losses."

With Ariba, companies can do just this.

"Processing invoices without purchase orders presents challenges," says Ashley Miller, Group Vice President Strategic Supply Management Optimization, SunTrust Bank. "Through the Ariba Network, we can build invoices off contracts to improve compliance and prevent millions of dollars in contract leakage from rogue spend."

Leveraging Ariba's cloud-based invoice management applications and business network, companies can link their procurement, contract and invoicing processes and check invoices against purchase orders, contracts and/or order receipts to ensure that only complete, accurate and approved documents reach their system.

"Thanks to advances in technology, companies have made significant progress in automating their contract management process, but many still struggle when it comes to eliminating savings leakage because these contracts aren't being leveraged," says James Tucker, Director of Marketing, Invoice and Payment Solutions, Ariba. "By creating invoices off contracts, organizations are more able to drive compliance while also increasing their returns on investments in e-invoicing initiatives."

With Ariba's contract invoicing capabilities, suppliers can access customer contracts and build invoices off them to deliver the same level of efficiency and compliance as PO invoices. This, says Jeff Phillips, Manager, GBS Procurement, Financial Service Center, UPS, is critical to converting negotiated savings into hard dollar results.

"Seventy percent of our suppliers are contract suppliers," Phillips notes. "We needed to make it as easy as possible for them to access our contracts and ensure that they were charging us in accordance with the terms and prices we negotiated. Ariba allows us to do that."

A global leader in e-invoicing and dynamic discounting, Ariba provides a robust portfolio of cloud-based applications and network-based services that enable companies to create a fully automated, compliant process for capturing and settling invoices. Using the solutions, companies can:

  • Digitize 100 percent of invoices
  • Achieve 98 percent touchless processing
  • Improve compliance with contract invoicing
  • Maximize supplier participation
  • Fuel 100 percent on-time payment performance
  • Reduce supply chain risk

To learn more about Ariba's offerings and the value that they can deliver, visit:

About Ariba, an SAP Company
Ariba is the world's business commerce network. Ariba combines industry-leading cloud-based applications with the world's largest web-based trading community to help companies discover and collaborate with a global network of partners. Using the Ariba® Network, businesses of all sizes can connect to their trading partners anywhere, at any time from any application or device to buy, sell and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Companies around the world use the AribaNetwork to simplify inter-enterprise commerce and enhance the results that they deliver. Join them at:

About SAP
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYS: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device - SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 232,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit

# # #

Any statements contained in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "should" and "will" and similar expressions as they relate to SAP are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. SAP undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. The factors that could affect SAP's future financial results are discussed more fully in SAP's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including SAP's most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates.

© 2013 SAP AG. All rights reserved.
SAP and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and other countries. Please see for additional trademark information and notices.

Note to editors:
To preview and download broadcast-standard stock footage and press photos digitally, please visit On this platform, you can find high resolution material for your media channels. To view video stories on diverse topics, visit From this site, you can embed videos into your own Web pages, share video via email links, and subscribe to RSS feeds from SAP TV.

Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews.

For customers interested in learning more about SAP products:
Global Customer Center: +49 180 534-34-24
United States Only: 1 (800) 872-1SAP (1-800-872-1727)

Karen Master, 412-297-8177

KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  California


The article UPS and SunTrust Take E-Invoicing to a New Level with Ariba originally appeared on

Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Copyright © 1995 - 2013 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Read Full Story

Can't get enough business news?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from retailer news to the latest IPOs delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.