Number of invoiced line items per $1,000 purchases

This measure calculates the number of invoiced line items per $1,000 purchases. An invoice line item is a single entry on an invoice. For example, an invoice for 10 red books at $1.00 each, and 20 blue books at $3.00 each, would be considered to have two invoice line items. This measure is part of a set of Supplemental Information measures that help companies evaluate additional variables not covered elsewhere for the "process accounts payable (AP)" process.

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Measure Category:
Supplemental Information
Measure Id:
101285
Total Sample Size:
1,546 All Companies
Performers:
25th
Median
75th
Key Performance
Indicator:
No

Compute this Measure

Units for this measure are invoice line items.

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Number of invoice line items processed / (Value of all materials and services purchased * 0.001)

Key Terms

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Invoice Line Items

An invoice line item is a single entry on an invoice. For example an invoice for 10 red books at $1.00 each, and 20 blue books at $3.00 each, would be considered to have two line items.

Supplemental Information

Supplemental information is data that APQC determines is relevant to decision support for a specific process, but does not fit into the other measure categories such as cost effectiveness, cycle time, or staff productivity.

Measure Scope

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Cross Industry (7.2.1)

  • 9.6.1.1 - Verify AP pay file with purchase order vendor master file (10869) - Matching records of bills to be paid with accounts. Check accounts payable entries with vendor's account for every payment made.
  • 9.6.1.2 - Maintain/Manage electronic commerce (10870) - Tracking all online transactions.
  • 9.6.1.3 - Audit invoices and key data in AP system (10871) - Monitoring and evaluating bills registered in accounts books. Check all invoices. Maintain records.
  • 9.6.1.4 - Approve payments (10872) - Processing payments for products/services.
  • 9.6.1.5 - Process financial accruals and reversals (10873) - Handling transactions for accruals and reversals. Record transactions in the books of accounts on an accrual basis (irrespective of the actual cash flow) and reversals basis (cancel out the adjusting entries) for balancing accounts.
  • 9.6.1.6 - Process payables taxes (10874) - Filing the amount of taxes that a company owes as of the balance sheet date. Prepare tax returns, including the income tax filing for an individual or business entity from earnings.
  • 9.6.1.7 - Research/Resolve payable exceptions (10875) - Resolving any atypical or inconsistent situation concerning payments to be made by the organization. Address any exceptional case of accounts payable on an ad hoc basis, by seeking counsel or carrying out any necessary research.
  • 9.6.1.8 - Process payments (10876) - Making payments for products/services on due dates (payment cycle) decided by parties involved.
  • 9.6.1.9 - Respond to AP inquiries (10877) - Clarifying or address queries relating to the particulars of AP such as date, discounts, amount, and installments. Coordinate with concerned parties about the fulfillment of bills payable.
  • 9.6.1.10 - Retain records (10878) - Keeping bills of every transaction for future reference.
  • 9.6.1.11 - Adjust accounting records (10879) - Rectifying for alterations occurred in accounts while recording.