Purchasing and Accounts Payable Software at a Logistics & Supply Chain Management Company

Pulse Logistics is a logistics and supply chain management company specializes in warehousing, distribution, cross-docking, value-added packing, and fulfillment. It primarily serves the pharmaceutical, beverage, grocery retail, and industrial sectors.

Prior to using PLANERGY, this company suffered from inefficient purchasing processes. Managing budgets was nearly impossible—POs were tracked using Excel and there was no system in place to control purchases that didn’t have the proper approvals.

The company made the decision to use PLANERGY when it underwent a company-wide supply chain optimization effort to reduce supply costs. The previous system offered no visibility into spending, so the Procurement Manager finally made the leap and hasn’t looked back since.

Key Challenges

Key Benefits

The Story

Customer

Logistics and supply chain management company

Key client

Procurement Manager

Industry

Logistics & Transportation

Company Size

200+ employees

Before PLANERGY

The Procurement Manager of this logistics and supply chain management company was overwhelmed, and rightly so. Paper copies of purchase orders were filed and tracked using spreadsheets. Employees were creating POs after invoices had already arrived. Accounts were incorrect month after month, and large, unapproved purchases went unnoticed. Budgeting was nearly impossible, and both internal and external auditors pointed out that he needed better financial control.

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At no time were these inefficiencies more apparent than at the end of the month. The Procurement Manager would have to match POs to the appropriate invoices on paper and on a spreadsheet. POs often didn’t match invoices because of poor purchasing practices. He said, “I would have an office full of paperwork and a floor full of folders at the end of each month trying to sort out each issue.”

The company finally made the decision to adopt PLANERGY during a company-wide supply chain optimization effort to reduce supply costs. The previous system offered no visibility into purchasing in the supply chain, so the Procurement Manager gave PLANERGY’s online trial a try.

He said, “I realized quickly that the system was easy to use and suitable to our needs. Right away, I knew the benefits we’d experience almost instantly. PLANERGY was a no-brainer for us.”

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After PLANERGY

PLANERGY has improved purchasing control across all depots and departments. There is more accountability and traceability than ever before. In addition, the team can instantly see what they need to order which is vital in the logistics industry where speed is of the essence. The reporting allows the team to notice trends and take action to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.

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PLANERGY has improved purchasing control across all depots and departments. There is more accountability and traceability than ever before. In addition, the team can instantly see what they need to order which is vital in the logistics industry where speed is of the essence. The reporting allows the team to notice trends and take action to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.

The Procurement Manager, in particular, reaps the benefits of PLANERGY. He no longer dreads the end of the month. When asked to describe how it has improved purchasing, he said, “It has saved me hours of work each week alone. I put tougher cost controls in place for our vendors with that extra time. It has even improved my personal life as I can now get out of the office hours earlier each evening.”

Testimonials

An outdated purchasing process left me with an office full of paperwork and a floor piled with folders. I spent a huge amount of time at the end of each month trying to sort out issues, and searching for specific documents was a nightmare. PLANERGY’s procurement management software solved all of that. It saves me hours of work each week.

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Stephen Fennesy

Procurement Manager

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