Crompton mitigates AR costs and improves sales productivity with FreePay

The Objective

To reduce DSO, increase the productivity of the Sales team as well as reduce their overall cost involved in collections and reconciliation.

The Background

Crompton is a leading consumer electrical company with two business divisions - Lighting and Electrical Consumer Durables. Their products are available in nearly 150,000 retail points, serving a 3000+ dealers/distributor network.

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Reduction in DSO

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Dealers on FreePay

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Productivity Increase of Sales Team

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Reduction in Cost Involved in AR Collection and Reconciliation

The Challenge

Offline invoice presentment, cheque payments, loss of team’s productivity and loss of potential revenue


Invoice Processing and Sales team productivity​

Invoices were printed and sent out. The sales team used to follow up on the pending invoice payments, collect cheques and deposit in the bank which resulted in an estimated loss of 30% productive time.​


Payment and Discounts​

Crompton runs early payment discounts for its customers but with cheque payments it was difficult to apply the correct discount slab due to different cheque submission and payment realisation dates.​


Manual Reconciliation ​

Invoice payments were net off adjustments (credit notes and cash discounts). Multiple invoices were clubbed and paid. There was constant following-up with distributors for payment breakup The F&A team constantly needed additional manpower to avoid limit reset delays due to reconciliation delays.


Opportunity loss and cash flow visibility​

New orders could not be booked due to delays in releasing credit limits. Payments were via cheques leading to delays in deposits with no visibility to the central Finance team. ​

Our Solution

Global PayEX worked closely with Goldmedal’s Finance, Sales & IT team to deploy their Electronic Invoice Presentment and Payment (EIPP) Solution called FreePay. The PayEX team quickly put the following into action:


Integrated with ERP & Portal for Customers​

Integrated the EIPP solution with the company’s ERP and ensured that the outstanding invoices, credit debit notes are automatically picked up once generated and presented to the distributor via FreePay portal. This resulted in the distributor getting an actionable invoice on the same date of invoice generation.​


Discount mapping

Mapped the early payment discount structure to ensure that the correct discount structure is applied once the distributor initiates invoice payment.​


Campaign Support & Payment Behavior Transformation​

PayEX’s operations support team organized a campaign to on-board the distributors on the FreePay App and trained them to view invoices, adjust credit notes and pay the invoices. PayEX operations team also worked with the Sales team to obtain a one-time mandate from the distributors to change payment mechanism from cheques to an ACH pull/Direct Debit.​


Active Dunning​

Active dunning and in-App notification by the FREEPAY application helped distributor understand about late payments and penalties thereof as well as the benefits of early payments with options to schedule payments as per his/her own cashflows ​


End-To-End Reconciliation ​

The in-App payments handling and the FreePay - ERP integration ensured that the transactions were reconciled back without any manual intervention​

The Results

The Crompton commercial team has realized significant benefits - as they can channel their team to purely focus on sales and maintain an excellent distributor relationship. Distributor benefits - the entire process has become transparent, seamless and fast. The real-time reconciliation has helped the company to release distributor limits instantly even at month ends which has large volumes of transactions. The F&A (finance teams) can focus on more productive work rather than on manual reconciliation, communications and ERP postings.

“A highly adaptable solution that has transformed the way we do business”

We have been using FreePay since 2017 and the improvement and efficiency it has brought in our collections and account receivables management has been remarkable.

FreePay has helped deliver electronic invoices to our Channel Partners in real time, process payments with all our business terms plugged in and taken care of our end-to-end customer account reconciliation.

Our Channel Partners have also been very appreciative of introducing FreePay to them especially for its feature capabilities, ease of use, transparency and customer support, without adding any cost to them.

Joseph Selvakumar , Vice President – Commercial ,

V-Guard Industries Ltd.

"Our accounts teams are delighted with the time & effort saved, and there are much fewer instances of accounting errors. AlgoriQ has automated every step of the reconciliation process, including identification of commission & deductions, accounting them into respective ledgers, and transferring entries to payables."

"Global PayEX’s AlgoriQ helped us in discovering a new way of doing reconciliation with our channel partners. In just the last two quarters since we implemented the platform, it has already improved efficiency by more than 50% by eliminating the manual tasks."

"Our digital collections went from 22% pre-Covid-19 to 80% in March 2021. We unlocked around €7 million in cashflows over 9-months period by adopting FreePay. We have reduced its day sales outstanding (DSO) or the average time taken to get paid after invoicing by 6 days."

"Global PayEx's fintech-powered solution has fully digitized our workflows, alleviating our treasury team from traditional manual practices to better focus on core strategy planning, to further grow the business."

"We have been using FreePay since 2017 and the improvement and efficiency it has brought in our collections and account receivables management has been remarkable. It has helped deliver electronic invoices to our Channel Partners in real-time, and process payments with all our business terms plugged in."

"FreePay has digitized our invoice presentment, automated payment processing and taken care of our end-to-end customer account reconciliation. Our dealers appreciate the solution for its completeness, ease of use and transparency in doing business."

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