Unilever has taken strategic decision to encourage all suppliers to migrate towards electronic invoicing. Unilever Europe/North America receives thousands of invoices electronically each month via Tungsten Network and Ariba Network, from hundreds of suppliers, delivering proven benefits of faster, more effective invoice processing to both suppliers and Unilever.
The benefits for Suppliers and Unilever are:
Improve on-time payment to our suppliers (>95%)
Provide real time tracking and monitoring of invoice status to our suppliers
Optional financing service for MBS suppliers through our E-Invoicing partners
Better management of our over dues by taking full control of the invoice receipt process
Eliminate paper usage from our P2P process, in line with Unilever sustainability commitments
The process of e-Invoicing is most developed in the European and North American regions. As our e-invoicing partners are Tungsten Network (earlier OB10) and Ariba Network, our suppliers will need to register with the Tungsten network (Europe and NA) or Ariba Network (NA & UAPL Only) in order to submit electronic invoices.
Please visit for Tungsten and https://service.ariba.com/ for Ariba Network option and for further information on registering and how you can get started on the e-Invoicing system today and experience firsthand the benefits it will bring to your business.
Once you're established on the Tungsten Network/Ariba Network, you will be able to use Tungsten/AribaNetwork to send electronic invoices to us, as well as to your other customers who receive their invoices through Tungsten/Ariba Network, further streamlining your own processes. Depending on the number of invoices that you send to Unilever, you can choose either one of our service provider toinvoice Unilever electronically.
Tungsten Network Integrated Solution:
If you generate high volumes of invoices, we recommend you use the Tungsten Integrated Solution, which is a fully automated process where invoice data is extracted directly from your billing system and delivered directly without the need for any additional software or hardware, allowing you to send one consolidated data file for all your invoices.
Tungsten Network web-based form
Alternatively, suppliers who usually generate lower invoice volumes can choose the Tungsten web-based form. There is no annual license fee for this method and you can send 52 free transactions per annum to your customers on Tungsten Network which is automatically replenish at the end of your first anniversary.
Ariba Network PO Flipping
Supplier can send invoices via Ariba Webform by flipping the PO. Invoice is automatically pre-populated with the PO data
Ariba Network CSV Solution
Supplier can upload their invoices in CSV(comma separated value) format via Ariba Network. It provides an effective mean for Suppliers with a large number of invoices to submit these to Unilever electronically when they do not have the immediate means to provide these via cXML or EDI directly.
Ariba Network Integrated Solution
Supplier can integrate via adaptor (EDIFACT, X12, cXML). Touch less; Integration is two-way, machine-to-machine communication that fully automates transactions between Supplier and Unilever.
The selection of the most appropriate Tungsten Network service/Ariba Network service naturally rests with you and Tungsten/Ariba Network will handle all the necessary technical and commercial steps needed to establish your account. Your Procurement Manager at Unilever will also have more information on e-invoicing and can address any questions you may have or you can write to email@example.com. For more information about Tungsten (earlier OB10) and Ariba Network please refer below links;
Download the Tungsten E-Invoicing and an Overview of your Options (PDF | 225KB)