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e-Business in the chemical, rubber and plastics industryFinally, as a third option, BP is exploiting an SAP functionality to e-mail invoices to itscustomers in a PDF format.BenefitsBP says that customer adoption has been extremely good, with "on-boarding" (i.e. theconnection process) proving to be a smooth and efficient process. Figures aboutquantitative impacts are not available. However, a figure from the logistics part indicatesthe high deployment of orders being processed through Elemica at BP: "With 98% of ourroad carrier bookings being managed through Elemica, our standardisation is a priorityfor us. It drives down unnecessary cost whilst eliminating time consuming double dataentry,"says Robert Elderfield, Acetyls Logistics Manager at BP. 156Example 4: BASF, Germany 157BASF is the world's leading chemical company headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germanywith production sites in 41 countries and customers in more than 170 countriesworldwide. 158 BASF announced to start removing paper from its European invoicing as ofDecember 2007. In a first phase, 50 customers were moved from paper to electronic billsusing Elemica's electronic invoicing solution. In the second phase, which started inJanuary 2008, it is planned that 500 customers will be converting from paper. Later in2008, another several thousand customers shall go electronic.BASF has tested the Elemica invoicing solution since July 2007. Elemica expects thatthis move will reduce costs at BASF by eliminating printing, postage, filing, and producinginvoice reprints. In addition, Accounts Receivable are expected to experience fewer callsrelated to invoice disputes and better Days Sales Outstanding performance.Elemica regards the processes of ordering and invoicing as closely related and points outthat companies using Elemica's Order Management solution can eliminate errors prior tothe invoice being created.5.3.3 ReferencesThis case study was researched by empirica. It is based on the following sources:Elemica Roadshow, Spijkenisse, The Netherlands, 21 June 2007 (attended)Websites of Elemica and of the customer companies presented in examples.e-Mail exchange with Nicola Hughes, Senior Vice President, Europe156 see http://www.bp.com/sectiongenericarticle.do?categoryId=9010687&contentId=7019668.157 Source: "BASF starts paperless billing in Europe – via Elemica", Elemica news, 23 November2007, www.elemica.com.158 For more information about the background, see case study in this report.150

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