Advanced Order Processing for SAP Users: 6 Reasons to Automate

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How to rise above the competition: It’s one of the biggest challenges facing today’s businesses. Whether it’s expanding into new markets or simply becoming more strategic in decision-making, everyone is always looking for that next competitive edge.

But how? An increasing number of organizations running SAP® software systems seem to have found their answer — order processing automation.

Manual order entry is a slow, labor-intensive process that often leads to poor data quality and increased errors. More so, time spent manually entering orders into SAP interferes with time that could be spent serving high-value customers.

Not only are your customers impacted by manual processing, so is your bottom line. The cost to manually process orders can range from $1 to as high as $10 per order — which cuts into margins — and the cost of processing returns and rush shipments due to order entry errors also takes a toll on revenue.

So why have these companies turned to order processing automation?

6 Reasons SAP Users Love Order Processing Automation

  1. Reduced error rates
    What’s the downstream supply chain impact of an order error? Can the items be returned? What are the costs associated with handling and managing returns? Because error rates are so low with automated order processing, businesses no longer have to worry about these extra expenses.
  2. Decrease cost per order
    Keeping orders electronic saves money on printer, paper, toner, storage and archiving expenses.
  3. Increase customer satisfaction
    Customer service representatives (CSRs) spending less time keying in orders means more of their attention can be focused on customers’ needs — improving customer service levels, and also making their own jobs more fulfilling and satisfactory.
  4. Improve process visibility
    At the CSR level, dashboards provide critical visibility into order queues, allowing rush orders to get the immediate attention they require. At the managerial level, dashboards provide valuable insight into who is doing what, at what pace, and with what percentage of accuracy.
  5. Accelerate order processing
    With order processing automation, numerous companies have significantly improved their order processing times. For example, one company was able to reduce the average amount of time to process an order from an 8 minutes down to 40 seconds.
  6. Support growth without adding staff
    Order processing automation is a great option for expanding companies since it allows them to process growing order volumes without adding existing headcount.

To learn more, take a look at one of our recent webinars as we explore how an SAP-integrated solution can help any business eliminate the manual pains of order processing: Advanced Order Processing for SAP Users: How Automation Impacts Visibility, Productivity & Customer Service

Kasey Schmitz

Kasey is a Senior Marketing Manager at Esker, and oversees Esker's lead generation, demand generation and database teams.

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