Percentage of discounts available that are taken

This measure calculates the percentage of available discounts that are taken. A discount is a reduction in the amount of an invoice/bill to be paid if the entire amount is paid within a specified time period. An example would be "2% ten, net 30," where paying an invoice within 10 days earns a 2% discount. An invoice (either electronic or hard copy) is a bill prepared by a seller of goods or services and submitted to the buyer. Generally, an invoice contains all pertinent information about the transaction including the date, price, quantity, item number, and credit terms. This measure is part of a set of Process Efficiency measures that help companies optimize their "process accounts payable (AP)" process by minimizing waste and refining resource consumption.

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Measure Category:
Process Efficiency
Measure Id:
101947
Total Sample Size:
1,489 All Companies
Performers:
25th
Median
75th
Key Performance
Indicator:
Yes

Compute this Measure

Units for this measure are percent.

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(Number of invoice line items that are paid within the discount period / Number of invoice line items received that offer a discount) * 100

Key Terms

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Process efficiency

Process efficiency represents how well a process converts its inputs into outputs. A process that converts 100% of the inputs into outputs without waste is more efficient than one that converts a similar amount of inputs into fewer outputs.

Median

The metric value which represents the 50th percentile of a peer group. This could also be communicated as the metric value where half of the peer group sample shows lower performance than the expressed metric value or half of the peer group sample shows higher performance than the expressed metric value.

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.