Customer: PPK Group Limited (Ltd)
PPK Mining Equipment are part of an ASX listed public company PPK Group Limited (PPK), which was established in 1994. PPK are focused on growing and investing in innovative technologies including; Boron Nitride Nanotubes (BNNT), commercialisation of high-performance batteries, ballistic armour for commercial and military use, as well as world class mining technology.
PPK Mining Equipment currently have several operations based in New South Wales including; Port Kembla just south of Wollongong, Tomago in Newcastle and Singleton, North West of Newcastle, with all finance functions running from the Brisbane Head Office.
PPK process up to 1,500 invoices per month and using Accounts Payable (AP) software Pronto Xi. The majority of the Purchase Orders that PPK raise are inventory items to manufacture the BNNT.
Each of PPK’s locations are responsible for ordering and receipting of their purchases. The HO Finance team is then responsible for the entry and payment of the invoices associated with these purchases. This resulted in a lot of back and forth between the business units/locations, which PPK considered a wasted effort.
“I was tired of listening to my Finance team answering calls from vendors/staff members asking about invoices. It was a total waste of our time following up invoices that had not been processed due to discrepancies or digging out copies of historic invoices for the purchasing department. I had previously run a small project with Redmap while at a prior employer and knew that there was a better way”, Fiona Wilson, Group Financial Controller, PPK.
Redmap’s solution was implemented at PPK to meet their requirements. Redmap allowed PPK to process both Purchase Order (PO) and Non-PO invoices straight out-of-the box.
Invoices are sent to an email address provided by Redmap, the data is automatically extracted, and the extracted data is then used to determine if the invoice is automatically posted or sent to someone for their approval. Once posted, a link is automatically created to the source document, for ease of downloading in the future.
Fiona continued, “I was impressed with how far the Redmap software had come. I am a huge believer in standardised software offerings and Redmap’s solution fit the bill perfectly. I chose to change a few of our processes to fit to their standard practices and this means that our implementation was both cost effective and very fast."
Prior to the Redmap implementation PPK’s Finance would handle every invoice, often multiple timesbefore processing them. Post Redmap’s implementation, the team now handles less than 5% of all invoices processed, with the outliers only needing human intervention as they contain an error. The AP software allows the Finance team to automatically refer these invoices back to the responsible purchasing division for investigation or variance approval.
The Finance team has been both more efficient and effective thanks to Redmap. The End of Month close for Accounts Payable has been significantly reduced and more monthly analysis has been able to be achieved by the team. Retrieving copies of historical invoices is now done with a push of a button, with all invoices now stored electronically in one convenient location.
“Invoices are literally flying around the business and my team are almost never touching them”, said Fiona. “Being able to see where all invoices are at any one time, across 3 different locations, is something that I could never have achieved without considerable effort from my team. I cannot imagine ever having to process them manually again. I am taking Redmap everywhere I go, I love it.”
PPK Group Limited
10 Eagle St,
Brisbane, QLD, 4000
P: 07 3054 4500
P: 1300 378 836
TOSHIBA (Australia) Pty Limited
Building C, 12-24 Talavera Road,
North Ryde, NSW, 2113
P:1300 794 202
32 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington,
Auckland, New Zealand
P: 09 570 8530
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