Suzuki International Europe is switching from paper to electronic invoicing at more than 1,200 spare parts dealers to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.
The Germany importer of Japanese cars, motorcyles and outboard engines is following a trend set by other large organisations in recent months such as Lloyds TSB, logistics company DHL, and electronic retailer DSG International.
The complete roll out of the e-boxT services from Crossgate Enterprise services is being carried out at a fixed cost, which Suzuki International Europe said would enable the company to benefit immediately from the cost savings.
The company said neither Suzuki International Europe nor its dealers had to make large-scale investments in hardware or software.
For Suzuki, the switch involved configuring the enterprise resource planning system to generate invoices in portable document format (PDF).
Dealers need only an e-mail program to notify them that an invoice has arrived and a standard internet browser and Acrobat Reader software to view and authenticate the documents, which are available online 24 hours a day.
Suzuki International Europe also plans to migrate incoming invoices to the electronic system.