Gala Retail Services has eliminated paper invoices by deploying Celerity’s e-Invoicing solution.
Gala Retail Services experienced a massive 400% increase in the volume of paper invoices manually processed by the group. Gala turned to Celerity to automate its accounts payable processes by deploying Celerity’s cloud based e-Invoicing solution.
Gala Retail Services has benefited from significant savings and operations’ improvements in five key areas as a direct result of deploying Celerity’s Accounts Payable solution:
1. The group has dramatically reduced the costs of its group wide accounts payable processes;
2. Operational efficiency across the group has been improved through the automation of the capture and processing of invoices;
3. The automatic capture of the data has improved the accuracy 100% and this guarantees that the time consuming disputes over billing are avoided;
4. The amount of paper was drastically reduced and the finance team no longer has to spend hours manually inputting the data, photocopying duplicates or archiving the paper invoices;
“This project has been a major success with over 85% of Gala’s suppliers now supplying e- invoices to our distribution network. The project was complex due to our distribution centres being separate legal entities and different ERP systems,” said Eamonn King, Head of IT at Gala. “However Celerity came up with a solution that’s made it easy for everyone involved to adapt to the new processes. The Gala group has reduced the amount of time spent on manual data input and time spent photocopying by 95% and improved retailer satisfaction due to the timely processing of invoices.”
“Gala Retail Services is building an intelligent business platform that will handle both its current and future volumes of commercial transactions. We can also easily plug Gala into other services such as ledger alignment and product and price matching,” said Ken Halpin, CEO of Celerity. “We are proud to be the trusted partner that is assisting Gala Retail Services in delivering on its services’ commitment to the retailer community. “
Gala Retail Services is owned by a network of leading wholesalers who are collectively responsible for the group’s success and also for electing to transform their accounts payable processes.
“The Celerity Accounts Payable solution is very easy to understand and use, the checking procedures are well established, and the savings in both time and expenses present themselves immediately,”
“One of the real benefits is the elimination of human error and the efficiency of the system,” said Declan Whooley, Financial Controller, 4 Aces Wholesale Group. “Now, I’ve got a 24/7, secure and reliable service that enables us to grow the business without deploying staff to manual non revenue generating tasks.”
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Celerity is Ireland’s leader in retail supply chain management solutions and is a provider of accounts payable, accounts receivable and sales order automation solutions to over 550 organisations.
Celerity combines 20 years of in depth business process experience with supply chain technology understanding to deliver real cost savings and measurable business benefits to companies.