One of the biggest trends in procurement is the adoption of a variety of mobile procurement strategies. The creation of software which can be viewed/used on both computers and mobile browsers is a trend that has become increasingly popular over the past few years, as companies recognise the need to be available on mobile and wearable technology. Now there is a proliferation of procurement apps.
People are using mobile procurement because, well, it’s 2017. The primary benefit for companies is an increase in efficiency, as managers who need to approve items can do so while they are away from their desk. This in turn reduces the time required to process approvals and requisitions. This is especially relevant in industries that often operate remotely, or in the factory or field, such as manufacturing and mining.
Rubberstamp, Precoro, Mikrofax and Wave Accounting all have a share of the market. Rubberstamp is an online solution accessible from anywhere thanks to its mobile capabilities. Precoro organises procurement management processes. eBuyerAssist Procurement from Mikrofax is the eProcurement answer to the logistical problem of managers on the move and employees working from home. Wave Accounting’s Receipts by Wave allows individuals to snap their receipts to be able to better track expenses. This is a free, fully integrated receipt scanning system that goes right into Wave from mobile, email or web. All these applications assist in cloud migration – making paper a relic and digital the future.
At Procurify, we’ve built our mobile application which allows managers to approve, view and comment incoming invoices and orders. Our app has been designed for people who travel a lot but still need to manage their expenses while they’re on the go.
We’ve taken the approach of building a separate App with features designed specifically for managers. We realize that employees will likely only need to request items while they are at work, whereas management is more likely to be busy travelling or with other engagements.
Our mobile Procurement App has been released and recently updated. We are working hard to constantly improve it! In the newest version, we have introduced an Approval Ping to remind an approver of a pending order, expense or travel request. Also in the request tab, you can now add and view multiple attachments to individual order items. Keep in touch with Procurify on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn to find out more about our mobile apps for Android and iOS.