Procurement Automation & Vendor Enablement

Streamline and automate procurement across your vendor/supplier ecosystem with an intuitive and easy-to-use web-based integration portal.

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THE PROBLEM

You buy from non-EDI capable vendors/suppliers which causes massive inefficiencies

80% of SMB Suppliers lack the ability to support API / EDI integration.

Manual procurement with vendors increases errors and leaves you with limited visibility and significant inefficiencies.

Procurement automation problem
Procurement automation solution

THE SOLUTION

Automating procurement processes across your vendor/supplier ecosystem

Eliminate manual document exchange and empower every vendor/supplier with a standardized way to manage orders, fulfillment, and invoicing to drive efficiency to new heights.

Streamline and automate procurement across your vendor/supplier ecosystem with an intuitive and easy-to-use web-based integration portal.

Standardize, centralize & automate vendor/supplier interactions

P2P automation with CIC PAVE creates massive efficiency gains:

  • 40% reduction in errors

  • 50% labor resource reduction

  • 60% faster P2P process

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“Any manufacturer still relying on manual processes like phone, fax or email to manage orders, acknowledgements, shipments or invoicing with its suppliers is putting its business at risk. CIC PAVE immediately opens these antiquated supply chains to the digital world by automatically enabling EDI with virtually any ecosystem partner, creating the exact kind of seamless, digital integrations manufacturers need to remain competitive in today’s era of rapid digital transformation.” 

 

“Cleo is leading the way when it comes to B2B integration innovation. With CIC PAVE we are advancing the modernization efforts of manufacturers by facilitating frictionless interactions with their non-EDI suppliers and vendors. Prioritizing automation is now more important than ever, and Cleo is making it easier than it’s ever been before.”

 

-Cleo CEO Mahesh Rajasekharan

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Frequently asked questions

Find answers to FAQs and learn more about CIC PAVE.

What Is CIC PAVE?

PAVE, short for Procurement Automation & Vendor Enablement, is a strategic add-on to Cleo’s  ecosystem integration platform, Cleo Integration Cloud , powering the supply chains of 4,100 companies worldwide. By standardizing and centralizing supplier interactions via an online portal, PAVE enables manufacturers to extend their supply chain to every non-integrated supplier regardless of  API or EDI  , empowering  your entire procurement ecosystem. 

PAVE enables you to bring the outcomes of automation, standardization, visibility, and alerting  to your suppliers without having to stand up an independent integration solution.

Is CIC PAVE similar to a portal?

PAVE is a modern procurement portal that allows your suppliers to manage all steps of the procurement process from accepting and acknowledging orders, to issuing Advanced Shipping notifications and generating invoices. A prebuilt bridge from PAVE to CIC allows for end-to-end integration to your ERP so you can realize API / EDI automation where you are likely using emailed PDFs or spreadsheets today.

A majority of our largest trading partners use EDI, is it worth implementing CIC PAVE for a set of our lower-volume trading partners?

In short, yes. While the number of orders you issue to a smaller, non-integrated supplier may be lower in comparison to your largest vendors, the challenges around manual intervention, inaccuracies and inefficiencies in handling procurement this way, illustrate the immediate benefits of a portal designed for procurement automation.

What is the risk of manual processes?

Manual and fractured processes take more time, cost more money, and consume skilled resources that are better utilized on the business. 

 

PAVE replaces phones, faxes, and emails to manage orders, acknowledgments, shipments, and invoicing. It automates processes that are extremely time-consuming, error-prone, and difficult to track.

According to industry data, the downsides of manual procurement processes with non-integrated suppliers can be severe

  • Up to 25x higher cost to process an order
  • Up to 60% longer cash cycle time
  • Up to 40% more errors
  • Up to 50% higher people costs

Some of the other pains that come from manually managing procurement processes are as follows: 

  • Reduces productivity & increase unpredictability
  • Pulls focus away from strategic business initiatives
  • Increases costs exponentially vs EDI
  • Adds complexity to procurement and distribution
  • Slows down the P2P cycle
  • Demands far greater lead time 
  • Impacts days payable outstanding KPI
  • Expands risk vector for security event
Can you give a high-level overview of how CIC PAVE works?

PAVE provides a single point to integrate all of your vendor interactions needed in procurement from your ERP to your supplier ecosystem.  

A typical Purchase Order-to-Order Acknowledgement process will look something like the following: 

  • You issue an EDI 850 purchase order to your supplier
  • The EDI 850 is created in your ERP
  • The EDI 850 is automatically sent through CIC and populates PAVE with the new purchase order 
  • PAVE alerts your supplier about the new order 
  • Your supplier logs into CIC PAVE and reviews the order
  • The supplier then uses PAVE to generate and send an order acknowledgement 
  • PAVE uses the information provided by the supplier to generate an EDI 855 Purchase Order Acknowledgment which is then transformed in CIC and integrated into your ERP
What are the benefits of CIC PAVE?

Challenge with manual P2P:

Reduces productivity & increase unpredictability

Pulls focus away from strategic business initiatives

Benefit of CIC PAVE:

Process standardization of Increases efficiency and allows for reallocation of strategic resources to focus on business priorities instead of manual intervention

 

Challenge with manual P2P:

Increases costs exponentially vs EDI

Slows down the P2P cycle

Benefit of CIC PAVE:

Automation saves costs by reducing effort, eliminating errors, and adding velocity to your procurement processes

 

Challenge with manual P2P:

Demands far greater lead time

Impacts days payable outstanding KPI

Benefit of CIC PAVE:

Increases lead time and protects KPIS by eliminating gaps, inaccuracies, and inefficiencies on the supplier side through a single point of interaction and control

 

Challenge with manual P2P:

Expands risk vector for security event

Benefit of CIC PAVE:

Downloading documents from email is the most common method of manual procurement today. This greatly increases the likelihood of human error and the potential of a security incident such as ransomware.

 

Some of the technical benefits you can realize are:

  • Automatically collecting real-time data from each transaction that is then stored in a centralized location where users can easily access and analyze it
  • Sending timely order updates or other changes to suppliers 
  • Producing standardized transactions that enable automated integration into your ERP
  • Empowering suppliers to get “EDI-capable” without actually needing EDI expertise or investments.

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Better understand CIC PAVE by browsing popular resources.

  • CIC PAVE Data Sheet
    CIC PAVE Data Sheet

    Learn how CIC PAVE gives you the ability to centralize, standardize, and automate all Orders, Purchase Order Acknowledgments, Advance Shipping Notice, and Invoices across your complete supplier ecosystem.

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  • CIC PAVE Press Release
    Boost Procure-to-Pay Efficiency with Cleo PAVE Enhancements

    Dive deeper into how Cleo PAVE's latest features optimize supplier onboarding, invoice automation, and payment workflows. Read the press release to discover new capabilities that streamline your procure-to-pay cycle and unlock cost savings.

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  • CIC PAVE demo video
    See Cleo PAVE in Action

    Watch this immersive demo video and witness how Cleo PAVE transforms your procure-to-pay cycle. See automated tasks, streamlined workflows, and real-time insights come to life, unlocking faster payments, reduced costs, and improved supplier relationships.

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