FEATURE INFINITE IT SOLUTIONS | THE POWER OF PAPERLESS Paperless transactions have gained momentum thanks to initiatives such as Smart Dubai Infinite IT Solutions DMCC has been digitising supply chain processes in the Middle East since 2014. In the Middle East market, it has worked with major retail and logistics players to eliminate paper from their purchase-to-pay processes as well as make internal business processes, such as document signing, completely digital. “The supply chains of many companies across the Middle East were severely disrupted with the coronavirus pandemic. This unprecedented situation only emphasised what has been known for quite a while that supply chains need to undergo digital transformation from the purchase-to-pay within the B2B channel,” explains Łukasz Spirała, area manager at Infinite IT Solutions DMCC. Having said that, exchanging commercial documents digitally, instead of the traditional method via paper, proves to be the only reliable method these days. “In a typical supply chain scenario, a buyer sends a large number of purchase orders for new stock fill-up to its suppliers by e-mail. These orders then need to be printed and analysed by the supplier, followed by the manual data entry process to record a document in the ERP / back-office system. All this just means the two parties are engaged in a time-consuming process of exchanging commercial documents, these include confirmations, notes and invoices to name a few which are all paper-based and prone to error,” Spirała explains. The alternative is an automated exchange of commercial documents with supply chain partners. In the paperless scenario, Infinite IT Solutions has two IT systems communicating with each other, regardless of the system type. “Our solution acts as a middleware connecting buyers and suppliers to ensure smooth, fully automated and secure exchange of validated data,” he explains. 38 | LOGISTICS MIDDLE EAST JULY-AUGUST 2020 www.logisticsmiddleeast.com
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