June 15, 2012 // By: Christiane Stagge
Based in Duisburg, Germany, HAVI Logistics is a leading logistics provider in the food service industry. Since its foundation in November 1981, the company has made it its mission to serve as a one-stop shop in the distribution of food and non-food items. With more than 53 European distribution centers and around 5,400 employees, HAVI Logistics now supplies quick-service restaurants, service station shops, and catering companies.
HAVI Logistics had its initial experience with automatic invoice processing back in 2008 at its Dutch subsidiary, where it first installed a local workflow solution. Shortly afterwards, the company decided to replace its previous, individual ERP system with an enterprise-wide SAP solution. This decision dovetailed with HAVI Logistics’ implementation of WMD xFlow Invoice, an SAP-certified solution for processing incoming invoices.
By handling invoice verification in SAP software at its offices all over Europe, HAVI wants to achieve more transparency in its invoice approval processes while accelerating invoice processing and meeting more of its payment targets. “Although the workflow runs in SAP, non-SAP users can still access it through the Web client,” explains Holger Voss, senior process engineer at HAVI Logistics IS GmbH. “This enables them to view the exact same information as SAP users.” HAVI Logistics IS GmbH, also located in Duisburg, is the IT service provider for all 50 companies in the HAVI group. In its role as pilot organization in HAVI’s SAP project, it is already using the SAP components MM, SD, and CO-PA, as well as the workflow solutions WMD xFlow Invoice and WMD xFlow Procurement.