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e-Business in the chemical, rubber and plastics industry(typically a scan from a paper invoice) by e-mail is an e-invoice. The counterargument isthat this document is not machine-readable, thus data have to be keyed in manually bythe receiver into his system. It is only sent electronically, but not processed electronically;savings are therefore significantly reduced."Real" e-invoicing can either be accomplished in a web-based environment, or processescan be integrated with the ERP system of a company. ERP-based systems (which areused in B2B exchanges) promise the highest cost-saving potential for companies. Thebroad installed base of ERP systems in the CRP industries (see following section) couldthus provide a solid basis for wide adoption of e-invoicing, at least among medium-sizedand large firms. To assess the adoption of different ways of sending and receiving e-invoices, the Sectoral e-Business Watch asked companies whether they send/receiveinvoices (a) as PDF documents via e-mail, (b) directly from their computer system to thatof a customer so that data can be processed automatically, and (c) whether they issuedonline-invoices which customers can access on a website. Exhibit 3.3-3 shows theadoption rates for each of these methods for different size-bands, comparing Europeanwith US companies.Exhibit 3.3-3: % of companies sending / receiving e-invoices in 2007 (different methods)10080% of companies sending e-invoices6040200493354484035255 13 2 4 8EU-7 (total) EU: 10-49empl.EU: 50-249empl.EU: 250+ empl.41 4327USA (total)as PDF documents System-to-system Web-based10080% of companies receiving e-invoices604020058222554 55EU-7 (total) EU: 10-49empl.10 12 16 18EU: 50-249empl.642629EU: 250+ empl.574536USA (total)as PDF documents System-to-system Web-basedThe survey was conducted in 7 EU Member States (DE, FR, IT, ES, PL, SE, UK) and in the USA.Base (100%) = companies with at least 10 employees. N (Chemical, EU-7 and USA) = 911.Weighting: Figures for sector totals and countries are weighted by employment ("firms representing x% ofemployment in the sector / country"), figures for size-bands in % of firms.Source: e-Business Survey 2007 by the SeBW54

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