Efficient AP processing

St John

Products and Services

Key Benefits

  • Enhanced process efficiency
  • Improved accuracy
  • Always-on finance operations

“12 months ago, heading into our 2019-20 financial year St John were forced to make a call on replacing our electronic purchasing system. We knew the product we had was not fit-for-purpose, but given the scale, distribution and complexity of our organisation, change was not going to be easy nor pain free. We decided to go with a product set supported by the team at Ricoh New Zealand made up of the MediusFlow AP Automation with integration from ABBYY OCR scanning and workflow.”

Gary Connolly, Chief Financial Officer

 

A lack of an effective electronic purchasing system and the right AP processing tool made St John’s AP process resource heavy, unstructured and devoid of visibility for key stakeholders.

With high invoice volumes across the country – exceeding 5,500 per month, St John were faced with significant costs associated with processing invoices.

 

  • Enhanced process efficiency
    Significantly improved touchless processing volumes reducing the invoices processed outside of systems from 20% to 2%
  • Improved accuracy
    On-time full payments increased from 60% to over 90% compared to the old electronic purchasing system
  • Always-on finance operations
    New system allowed paperless Accounts Payable BCP and online operations for remote workers during COVID-19 Lockdowns

 

Company Background

Image of st John AmbulanceSt John is a not-for-profit organisation and continue to be one of New Zealand’s most trusted brands.

Established in 1885, St John New Zealand provide frontline medical response through Ambulance Services, First-Aid Training and Event Medical Services. St John are a part of the broader healthcare landscape in Aotearoa.

They have over 4000 employees and nearly 8000 volunteers working across the length and breadth of the country.

 

“The project was delivered on time for go live, with the only real issues faced on user acceptance due to our internal approach to timeline that compromised communication and user education. We started this year fully operational and have improved both our touchless processing volumes significantly, as well as improving control performance.”

Gary Connolly, Chief Financial Officer

 

Challenges Faced

The St John team realised their electronic purchasing system and Accounts Payable solution was not effective in maintaining finance operations.

St John needed a paperless system which allowed transactions in a remote environment. An effective system to process high volume transactions with minimal human intervention.

Increasing visibility for relevant stakeholders was also a challenge as the previous system did not support this. Overall, the team realised that the product they were using was not fit-for-purpose. Given the scale, distribution and complexity of the organisation, any change was going to be challenging.

St John were looking for a partner who could come in and implement a solution within the budget, a strict timeframe and ensure smooth transition for end users. This was a key initiative in their Digital Transformation journey.

 

How did we help?

Ricoh offered our global leading Accounts Payable automation solution – ABBYY and MediusFlow. We implemented these tools as they were the perfect fit for St John’s requirements and helped future-proof their overall finance operations.

  • Simplifying Complexity
    We implemented a cloud-based procurement and AP processing solution that helped improve business efficiency by increasing the volume of invoices processed with minimal external support and improved on-time full payments.
  • Overcoming Obstacles
    To address the project time constraint, we compressed the delivery timeline with our agile approach and completely re-engineered the delegation’s framework and approval workflow. We ensured control over spend and helped users with the necessary training support so they could have a positive experience with the new interface.
  • Unlock Opportunities

    Over the years, we have developed a strong and trusted partnership with St John. Both teams have a strong understanding of each other’s capabilities and work well together to achieve successful business outcomes.

 

“The great thing is in Ricoh we don’t just have vendors, we truly have a partner, one who live the values of community that is so critical to St John. MediusFlow has been fantastic in taking feedback from us as a user, with probably one enhancement a month requested by our frontline users being delivered to improve their experience. And Ricoh continue to work in partnership with us to define and implement opportunities into the future.”

Gary Connolly, Chief Financial Officer

Solution at a Glance