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Arizona Uniform Gives Invoicing New Look with Ariba

When a major customer decided to start processing all of its invoices electronically using purchasing cards, Arizona Uniform & Apparel was starting at approximately $15,000 a year in additional fees, plus the costs of integrating EDI software with its internal financial system. And it would still have to track payments manually. The provider of industrial uniforms and corporate apparel was convinced there had to be a better way. And it found one in Ariba, an SAP Company.

Like many companies, Arizona Uniform & Apparel tapped into the Ariba® Network and began connecting to its customer and collaborating around invoicing and payments at no cost. Then the company upped the ante and joined the Supplier Membership Program to take advantage of integration services that would enable it to connect its accounting system - Intuit QuickBooks - to the network. And everything changed.

“Ariba was the most cost-effective way to connect with our customer, saving us at least 3 percent on gross billings, which is far more than we could have expected from any of the other solutions we were considering,” said Ann Cantu, President, Arizona Uniform & Apparel.

Using the Ariba Integration Connector, powered by Dell Boomi, Arizona Uniform & Apparel has been able to completely integrate its QuickBooks system with the Ariba Network and create a fully automated invoice process through which it can:

  • Receive instant confirmation of invoice receipt
  • Track invoice status in real time
  • Speed customer approvals
  • Eliminate manual follow-up processes
  • Get paid faster

And the company was able to get the solution in place in less than two weeks with almost no internal IT resources.

“Integration can be a complex and costly process, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Joe Fox, Vice President, Marketing and Strategy, Ariba. “Ariba’s connection solutions eliminate many of the barriers to integration such as the need for additional hardware, installed software or lengthy managed service engagements, making it easy for companies like Arizona Uniform & Apparel to connect to the Ariba Network where they can fully automate their customer transactions and collaborations directly from their preferred ERP and accounting systems.”

An out-of-the-box solution delivered as a service, the Ariba Integration Connector, powered by Dell Boomi, provides a fast, easy and affordable way for companies to connect to the Ariba Network – regardless of the backend systems they use. The connector currently supports integration with Intuit QuickBooks Premier and Enterprise for US, UK and CA 2009-2013; Sage Peachtree/Sage 50 Complete, Premium, Quantum and Accountant 2009-2013; and Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains 2007-2012 Editions.

To learn more about Ariba’s Connection solutions and the benefits they can deliver to your organization, visit http://www.ariba.com/services/connection-solutions

About Arizona Uniform & Apparel

For 20 years Arizona Uniform has supplied quality uniforms and corporate apparel to business, healthcare, government, schools, and the hospitality industry. We are experts in helping companies develop customized programs to meet any style and budget. Our in-house embroidery facility guarantees quick turn-around of customized garments. We also offer screen-printing, emblems and alterations as part of our customization program. We look forward to exceeding your expectations of quality and service. To learn more about our products, visit www.arizonauniform.com

About Ariba, an SAP Company

Ariba is the world’s business commerce network. Ariba combines industry-leading cloud-based applications with the world's largest web-based trading community to help companies discover and collaborate with a global network of partners. Using the Ariba® Network, businesses of all sizes can connect to their trading partners anywhere, at any time from any application or device to buy, sell and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Companies around the world use the Ariba Network to simplify inter-enterprise commerce and enhance the results that they deliver. Join them at: www.ariba.com

About SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 253,500 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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