Purchase to Pay Process


The P2P is a process enabled by technology. It speeds up the process of purchasing from point of order to payment, and entails the full cycle of procurement. The concept has been designed to help business professionals to examine the benefits and limitations of this process, and to gain a basic understanding of the implementation processes.

Technique Overview

Purchase to Pay Process

Purchase to Pay Process Definition

Purchase to pay (P2P) is a "seamless process enabled by technology designed to speed up the process from point of order to payment" (CIPS Australia, 2006:20). The P2P cycle includes all the stages "from the initial identification of requirements, to the procurement/purchasing of the item, through the receipt of the goods ... to the payment of the supplier once the goods are received" (Monczka et al., 2009:42).

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  • Bensaou, M. (1999) Portfolio of buyer-supplier relationships. Sloan Management Review, Vol. 40(4), pp. 35-44.
  • BuyIt, IBM & CIPS (2002) Best Practice Guide: Measuring the Benefits. What to Measure and How to Measure it.
  • BuyIT & CIPS (2006) Best Practice Guide. Selecting an e-Procurement Solution.
  • Cameron, E. and Green, M. (2009) Making Sense of Change Management. 2nd ed. Kogan Page Ltd: London.

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