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Purchasing Card Growth Dramatic in Programs Adopting Master Agreements, According to AberdeenGroup Research.

BOSTON -- Expenditures managed via purchasing card A Purchasing Card is a form of company credit card that allows goods and services to be procured without utilising a traditional purchasing process.

Purchasing Cards are usually issued to employees who are required to operate within a set of company rules and guidelines which
 programs have grown over the past five years at a compounded rate of approximately 21%. This is due to the diligence of program directors who are deploying card payments in an increasing number of spend categories, with assistance from card issuers, to improve reporting and supplier acceptance. Transactional volumes over this same period have grown 15% per year, on average, according to according to
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 a new report in the Invoice Reconciliation and Payment business series by AberdeenGroup. E[acute accent acute accent
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]The report, "The Purchasing Card Benchmark Report - Best Tactics to Increase Program Growth," demonstrates that companies that address new spend categories and supplier types, and embrace technology for reasons beyond employee and administration convenience, have seen the most notable program growth. The report also reveals that despite the growth of purchasing card ("P-Card") programs and the relative satisfaction of most programs' original charters, many program directors believe their programs have reached a plateau. E[acute accent]"Purchasing card programs are ready to come of age", according to Jeff Pikulik, a lead analyst in Aberdeen's Procure-to-Pay practice. "A fresh approach can boost the value and significantly improve growth of P-Card programs," said Pikulik. "For too many users, setting and resetting program parameters and policy guidelines guidelines, a set of standards, criteria, or specifications to be used or followed in the performance of certain tasks.
 feels like progress, but greater business value and cost reduction opportunities remain locked in by paradigms of the original program scope. These models were created in the early years of P-Card programs, and they under-utilize modern workflow and data management tools now available" E[acute accent]Aberdeen recommends purchasing card programs challenge program scope and expand the programs by addressing master agreement and contract pricing requirements, examining specific purchase order types that lend themselves to payment via purchasing cards, extending the program to service categories, and proactively exchange electronic payment remittance Money sent from one individual to another in the form of cash, check, or some other manner.

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 services requirements. E[acute accent]AberdeenGroup and the National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals (NAPCP NAPCP National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals
NAPCP National Association of Purchase Card Professionals
) benchmarked over 170 corporate purchasing card programs during the first quarter of 2005. This study was sponsored by American Express American Express (NYSE: AXP), sometimes known as "AmEx" or "Amex", is a diversified global financial services company, headquartered in New York City. The company is best known for its credit card, charge card and traveler's cheque businesses. , MasterCard International, Visa USA, and GE Corporate Payment Services.

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E[acute accent]Founded in 1988, AberdeenGroup Inc is the trusted advisor to the global business executive for technology enabled value chain strategies and business advice.
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