Procurement and Accounts Payable Managers Look to the NAPCP Annual Conference for Insight on Purchase-to-Pay Strategies

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As electronic payment solutions gain ground, speakers from the American Heart Association, Linde North America, leading banks, and all three networks are uniquely positioned to present case studies and offer lessons learned on the best mix of Commercial Cards and epayments.

In the near term, at least, [commercial payment] options will be great and varied," says Laura Flandrick, NAPCP managing director, "driven by the push and pull of consumer vs. commercial payment needs and economics.

Attendees are registering for the National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals’ (NAPCP) 13th Annual Conference (http://www.napcp.org/2012) to gain an understanding of today’s purchase-to-pay systems and the role they play in an overall B2B payments strategy. In the payments world, where “one size does not fit all,” the NAPCP believes it’s crucial to offer education on evaluating Commercial Card and epayment options and creating the optimal mix for efficiency gains and cost savings. This year’s event, scheduled for April 16-19, 2012, at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, offers sessions and facilitated open discussions on these topics. The best registration rates are available through March 2, 2012.

Speakers from Linde North America, the American Heart Association (AHA) and others will be on hand to discuss electronic payments implementation. The AHA has a unique story to tell: an “accounts payable balancing act” that involves two programs and two providers. The NAPCP’s Gold and Silver Partner Sponsors, including American Express, MasterCard and Visa, plan to discuss supplier acceptance of electronic payments and best practices for implementing payables automation programs.

“The push and pull of consumer versus commercial payment needs and economics, as well as the regulatory environment, will continue to be driving factors in the future of payment solutions,” says Laura Flandrick, NAPCP managing director. “In the near term, at least, options will be great and varied. NAPCP conference attendees are coming together under one roof to learn from each other: Providers hope to gain a perspective on end-user business objectives and philosophies while end-users appreciate the opportunity to meet with the industry’s most forward-thinking visionaries.”

The NAPCP is expecting hundreds of attendees from the public and private sectors, interested in the educational sessions, product and technology demonstrations, and a vibrant Exhibit Hall filled with leading solutions providers. In addition to roundtable discussions, attendees will be able to participate in interactive “hot topic discussions” and Q&A periods built into every session.

Organized networking events, including receptions in the Exhibit Hall, an NAPCP Members-Only Event, the Industry Networking Luncheon and an opportunity to meet with leading providers one-on-one encourage ongoing discussions. In addition to the networks, NAPCP Silver Partner Sponsors Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Commerce Bank, First National Bank of Omaha, SunTrust and UMB will add their expertise during sessions, product and technology demonstrations and exhibits.

The conference program, schedule, list of participating providers and attendee organization list are all available from the conference website at http://www.napcp.org/2012. A direct link to the Omni Hotel reservation system ensures the NAPCP group rate through March 16, 2012. For questions about registration or hotel, please contact the NAPCP at (952) 546-1880 ext. 4.

About the National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals (NAPCP)

The National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals (NAPCP) is a membership-based professional association committed to advancing Commercial Card and payment professionals and industry practices worldwide. The NAPCP is a respected voice in the industry, serving as an impartial resource for members at all experience levels in the public and private sectors. The NAPCP provides unmatched opportunities for continuing education and peer networking through its Annual Conference, Regional Forums, webinars, website, newsletters and weekly communication. The association sponsors research and publishes timely and relevant white papers, survey results and other documents. The NAPCP certifies professionals through the Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) credential program (http://www.napcp.org/cpcp). Please visit http://www.napcp.org to learn more about Commercial Card and payment programs in general, the value of membership, current member demographics, upcoming events and benefits of becoming a year-round partner sponsor.

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