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Purchase to Pay (P2P)

Purchase to Pay (P2P)

Purchase to Pay (P2P)

The abbreviation P2P stands for the purchase-to-pay process in a corporation. This process refers to the procurement process of a company. Procurement can cover both goods and services. The P2P process thus includes, among other things, the request for a purchase order, the triggering of a purchase order, its receipt and the final payment for the ordered services or the delivery of the purchased goods.

P2P (Purchase to Pay)


Why should the P2P process be analyzed?

The process usually takes place across different departments, from the purchasing department to the receiving department. Due to the resulting process intersections, the process tends increasingly to bottlenecks and thus to inefficiency. Furthermore, this is an indicator for a very high process complexity and a multitude of process variants.

It is also important to consider the extent to which discount periods are exceeded. Exceeded discount periods lead to unused rebates and thus to unused savings potential. In order to meet these deadlines, it is necessary, for example, to accelerate workflows by eliminating identified process bottlenecks. Furthermore, the analysis of the P2P process can identify how often orders bypass the purchasing department, i.e. how often maverick buying occurs. Maverick Buying can be a cause for missed discount deadlines as well as a cause for poor compliance and thus lead to penalties.