Buyer/Seller classification

Kofax AP Essentials can sort invoices according to which buyer or seller organization they belong. This means, for example, if a customer has multiple buyer organizations, you can match invoices to the appropriate buyer organizations. You can specify the buyer/seller organization that an invoice belongs to manually, or you can let Kofax AP Essentials determine the organization automatically. You enable buyer/seller classification in the Classification service settings.

Whether you use buyer or seller classification depends on which document process you use. For accounts payable processes, you deal with buyers, whereas accounts receivable processes deal with sellers. For the purposes of this help topic, the terms buyer and seller can be used interchangeably.

Manual classification

You can perform manual classification in the Upload view by selecting the appropriate buyer/seller in the box when uploading invoices. You can also change the buyer/seller during verification.

Automatic classification

If you provide Kofax AP Essentials with identifying information about your buyers/sellers, such as names and tax registration numbers, Kofax AP Essentials can perform classification automatically by finding buyer/seller information on incoming invoices. In other words, in order for automatic classification to work properly, the buyer/seller information you provide must appear on the invoices you receive. Kofax AP Essentials automatically classifies invoices by buyer/seller if you:

The more information you provide about each buyer/seller, the better the result. You can add buyer/seller information:

  • Using AP Essentials Connect to upload master data.
  • Manually when you create buyers/sellers in the Admin Center.
  • Via the API.

Buyer classificationKofax AP Essentials uses the buyer settings/seller settings below to match invoices to buyers. The names of the corresponding master-data elements follow in parentheses:

  • Name (Name)
  • Organization number (OrganizationNumber)
  • VAT number (VatNumber)
  • Phone (PhoneNumber)
  • Fax (Fax)
  • Street address (AddressStreetAddress)
  • Post code (AddressPostcode)
  • City (AddressCity)
  • State (AddressState)
  • Country (AddressCountry)
  • Alternative name 1 (AlternativeName1)
  • Alternative name 2 (AlternativeName2)
  • Alternative name 3 (AlternativeName3)

How it works

When Kofax AP Essentials receives a new invoice, it looks for all of the fields above. The more fields that Kofax AP Essentials finds, the greater the confidence. If the confidence is high, the buyer/seller field status is Complete (). If the confidence is low, Kofax AP Essentials suggests a field value, but the status is highlighted for manual verification ().

Do you have multiple organizations with similar names?

Sometimes you can have multiple buyer/seller organizations with similar names. For example, you might have a buyer named "Example US Corp" and another named "Example EU Corp." This can cause problems:

  • if both names appear on an invoice.
  • if the fuzzy logic which is used to identify buyers cannot decide which buyer to use.

To solve this problem, you can give one or more buyers/sellers a lower priority by typing "careof" in one of the alternative name settings.