Easily match purchase orders, item receipts and vendor bills to optimize cash flow and eliminate overpayments

What is NetSuite Invoice Management?

NetSuite invoice management capabilities help companies maintain positive vendor relationships by automating the receipt of ordered items, processing invoices and remitting payments in a timely manner. After a purchase order, receipt and bill have been entered into the system, NetSuite performs a three-way match to correlate data on these documents. Once approved, the accounts payable department determines which bills to pay, and in which timeframe, to optimize cashflow.


Cross-Functional Collaboration

As orders are received, the system automatically determines where items are headed next and initiates workflows to keep materials and processes moving.


Optimize Receiving

Receiving is simplified and data is accurately captured using mobile scanning devices. Orders may also be received in bulk using GSI barcoding and container tracking.

We use NetSuite for absolutely everything: for assisting sales teams and providing personalized quotes to customers, for driving materials requirements, communicating with suppliers, processing production orders and delivery notes. It’s extremely user-friendly and does whatever we want it to do.

Jennifer Heitt
Financial Controller, Platinum Stairlifts

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NetSuite Invoice Management Benefits


  • Simplified Receiving. Effortlessly receive items from vendors, partners, customers, subsidiaries and other locations using a mobile scanning device.
  • Accurate Data Capture. Using a mobile device ensures all relevant information is captured and that inventory records are factual and complete.
  • Identification of Variances. Three-way matching highlights discrepancies between the PO and receiving and billing records.
  • Optimal Inventory Levels. Understand what materials and assemblies are required for production — and ensure items are in the right place at the right time.

NetSuite Invoice Management Features


NetSuite invoice management streamlines the receiving process and optimizes inventory levels and vendor relations by increasing collaboration between requestor, purchaser, vendor, receiver and accounts payable.

Item Receipt

Receive items from vendors, partners, subsidiaries and other locations, as well as customer returns, using the same transaction flow. Speed the receiving process by deploying barcode scanners right at the dock. This ensures relevant information, such as lot, serial and bin numbers, is entered and allows for more advanced inventory management. As items are received into inventory, NetSuite automatically determines the proper destinations — such as pending work order builds or filling outstanding customer orders — and initiates the appropriate workflows.

Item Receipt

Vendor Bills

Receiving and entering invoices from suppliers is the first step in completing the procure-to-pay cycle. With NetSuite, companies can turn a purchase order for items received into a bill in accounts payable without rekeying any data. When a vendor submits an invoice against a purchase order, simply select the order it was based on. The system pre-populates all relevant information for verification. Vendor bills can also be manually entered, imported from a CSV file or automatically imported through web services in cases where tighter integration is desired.

Vendor Bills

Three-Way Match and Pay

Incoming vendor invoices are automatically matched against their corresponding POs and goods receipts and analyzed based on predefined rules and tolerances. Invoices that fall within approved parameters are sent directly for payment. You control what happens to exceptions by defining an automated approval workflow that routes all relevant documentation — invoice, PO, goods receipt and team notes — to the proper approver. Approvers can review the information and sign off with one click on a mobile device or via email.

Three-Way Match and Pay

Challenges NetSuite Invoice Management Solves


  • Unknown Vendor Invoices. The system matches POs to vendor invoices to bills of receipt, ensuring you know what needs to be paid and when.
  • Inaccurate or Incomplete Data Capture. When mobile scanners are set to “force scan,” all relevant data is captured and entered before items are received.
  • Overpayments. Ensure that multiple invoices are not sent for the same purchases by mapping PO to goods receipt to invoice.

How Much Does NetSuite Invoice Management Cost?

Companies of every size, from pre-revenue startups to fast-growing businesses, have made the move to NetSuite. Looking for a better way to run your business but wondering about the cost?

Users subscribe to NetSuite for an annual license fee. Your license is made up of three main components: core platform, optional modules and the number of users. There is also a one-time implementation fee for initial setup. As your business grows, you can easily activate new modules and add users — that’s the beauty of cloud software.

Invoice management capabilities are included with NetSuite Procurement, which is available as an add-on module.

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