Esker Purchase-to-Pay adds PunchOut Catalogue Feature

Esker has announced the launch of a new PunchOut catalogue feature for its Purchase-to-Pay (P2P) automation solution. Esker’s new functionality enables users to “punch out” from their procurement application to select online catalogues so that they can order anything online without leaving Esker’s P2P solution. As a result, users save time while purchasing at contract-negotiated prices.

Esker’s cloud-based, AI-powered platform automates the entire P2P process, eliminating manual tasks from purchasing and accounts payable, such as: supplier information management, contract management, procurement, accounts payable (AP) automation, expense management, payment and supply chain financing.

“We are continuously enhancing the scope of our P2P solution, particularly electronic purchasing, to help our customers get their spend management under control,” said Catherine Dupuy, senior product manager at Esker.

“By combining e-commerce with our P2P solution, users can place orders directly on Amazon, Dell, Staples, etc. without ever leaving Esker’s solution. Users benefit from a seamless uninterrupted workflow process — they can search, select and have their purchase approved in one go.”

Esker’s PunchOut catalog feature delivers significant benefits to P2P solution customers, including:

Once items are placed in the online cart, the purchase requisition is automatically sent for approval according to a predefined workflow. Approvers can then validate the requisition directly on Esker’s portal or via Esker Anywhere, Esker’s mobile application. Once approved, the requisition becomes an order and is transmitted to the vendor.

Real-time metrics and reporting capabilities increase visibility and control over spend, helping companies reduce maverick spending and bringing more spend under management.

Item availability and prices are always up to date with no maintenance required on the customer’s end.