TourMag interviews our Account Manager Jean-Antoine Millet

As of 1st January 2014, digitalization of tax documents becomes mandatory in France. This issue is troubling some businesses in the tourism sector still reluctant to engage in digitization. With this in mind, last June the XFT Association (eXchange For Travel), in a drive to promote the automatic exchange of data in digital format among the different tourist sector stakeholders in France, held a meeting to discuss the uptake of new technologies in tourism.

EDICOM Account Manager Jean Antoine Millet was one of the active participants in this encounter. During the sessions, he highlighted the potential benefits of electronic invoicing for companies in the tourism sector. In addition to responding to new regulations, it also saves time and money.

A few weeks ago, the TourMag magazine reiterated our expert’s statements regarding the advantages of these new technologies, which simplify management processes and enable contacts with new markets.

The step towards the digitization and uptake of a common electronic language also facilitates the sending and receipt of documents with no need for paper and in secure conditions. An “accessible technology, available both to big businesses and smaller organisations”, affirmed Millet.

The full TourMag article on our Account Manager’s analysis of digitization of tax documents in France is available here.

 

EDICOM in XFT

EDICOM joined the XFT Association in May this year (http://www.edicomgroup.com/es_ES/news/2729) to contribute to the development and rollout of B2B solutions in the French tourist sector. Since then, our wide-ranging experience in this field all over Europe has consolidated our position as leading experts on the issue.

 

EDICOM Expert Chat: Rafael Zanón, EDICOM’s Sales Manager in Mexico talks about the electronic property appraisals

In February 2012, the Federal Mortgage Society (SHF) published a series of new rulings in the Federation Official Gazette on the regulations affecting valuation units and professional property appraisers.

The new regulation develops a framework that makes it possible to engage in procedures and communications by electronic means that were previously done only on paper, with identical legal validity and better guarantees of security and administrative efficiency.

Let Rafael Zanón, our head of sales at EDICOM Mexico and a leading specialist in electronic appraisal systems, guide you through the particular features of the future valuation model, its advantages and technical and legal requirements.

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SEFAZ makes electronic bill of lading issuance obligatory

As of August 1st, 2013 the State Department of Finance (SEFAZ) makes it mandatory for all businesses and self-employed workers providing transport services in Brazil to generate an electronic file with the service provision details, which must be sent to the tax administration by electronic means.

What is the CT-e?

The CT-e or electronic bill of lading for transport is the new electronic communication model imposed by the SEFAZ, whereby companies involved in the transport of goods subject to Brazilian taxation are required to create and store an electronic file for each service provided to their clients.

The electronic file generated contains a series of mandatory fields that describe the goods transport service provided by any means: road, air, rail,…etc. A basic part of the issuing process is sending of the file to the SEFAZ by remote means for validation and registration, whereby businesses are granted the Authorization of Use that allows them to engage in their activity legally.

Fiscal and Legal Document

The properly generated electronic bill of lading document enjoys full legal validity when dealing with any public administration or legal situation that may arise in the course of the issuing company’s professional activities with third parties.

Legal validity is granted by:

  • Digital Certificate – CNPJ: With the electronic certificate, the person or company providing the service is issued an electronic identity that allows them to provide the electronic documents with authenticity and integrity mechanisms.
  • Authorization of Use: Validation and recording of the document by the tax authorities provides fiscal and legal guarantees for the company’s service provision.

 Ediwin: Technical and legally ready solution

EDICOM’s technology infrastructure has passed all the technical trials and communications testing with the Brazilian tax authorities, to be able to offer our clients in the logistics sector an electronic data interchange solution 100% in line with the SEFAZ requirements.

To this end, our EDIWIN software takes care of the entire issuing process for the electronic bill of lading, consisting of its creation, sending, validation, events and safekeeping.

 

  • Creation: The solution takes the data from the client’s ERP and transforms them to construct the electronic transport document according to the SEFAZ requirements. The tool is ready and available to work with any logistics sector software, such as TMS (Transport Management System), among others…
  • Sending: The document is sent automatically to the tax authorities via a secure and direct Internet connection (web services).
  • Validation: The authorities validate the file and return the document with the corresponding Authorization of Use, which legitimizes the service provision.
  • Events: We take the necessary actions (cancellation, blocking, EPEC…) in line with current legislation, updating the modifications and improvements made to the same.
  • Safekeeping: The duly authorized bill of lading document is stored securely and may be consulted at any time. Moreover, after saving in the Ediwin application, the DACTE (CT-e Auxiliary Document) is printed out, a document which the carriers must have with them during provision of the service and movement of goods.

Why choose EDICOM?

EDICOM’s powerful technology infrastructure, along with the 24-hour multi-language service, makes our electronic bill of lading management application the most reliable and worthwhile alternative on the market.

Other great benefits:

Outsourcing: Our solution is provided in ASP-SaaS mode, so all technological and human resources involved in rollout and management of the solution are safely in the hands of IT engineers from EDICOM.

High Availability: The solution is supplied in high availability in the cloud, ensuring permanent access to our solutions and the ongoing operation of document exchange.

Direct Connectivity: The EDICOM communication platform has a direct connection to the SEFAZ that enables real-time exchange of documents and cuts down response times.

 

80 % of e-banking customers to pay their bills by mobile in 2016

In the next few years, 80% of e-banking customers will be paying their bills through their mobile devices. According to a report from Juniper Research, cited in E-invoicing Platform on 7th August, transactions via mobile are set to grow from 185 million in 2011 to 550 million in 2016.

The rise of smartphones, coupled with the user-friendliness of this type of applications, has made the spread of electronic banking possible, as it is no longer limited to consultation services. Users are increasingly relying on the possibilities of mobile banking, affirms Juniper Research Director, Windsor Holden, so the natural progression is to move from informative electronic banking to a transactional model.

The report also warns of the security concerns of some users, especially the older generation, due to the malware affecting telephones and tablets. This could pose an obstacle to adoption of mobile banking devices, as well as other kinds of e-commerce. To avoid this, the solution is to take proper precautions.

Mobile devices: the rise of B2B

In addition to banking, mobile devices offer a myriad of services that enable you to manage your business activities easily and conveniently.

At EDICOM we are aware of these possibilities and the needs of our clients, many of whom are expert users of this type of technology. With this in mind, we recently launched Ediwin Monitor, one of the first apps on the market for electronic data interchange, which allows users to view, download or check the status of their commercial transactions in real time. Even more proof that mobile devices are an open door to e-commerce.

Mobility, immediacy, total control, commercial management optimization… our EDI solutions have multiple benefits for users, who can now find this new application totally free of charge at:

  • APP Store.
  • Available for Android in Google Play Store.