When an invoice becomes past-due, the goal of credit and collections professionals is to expeditiously liquidate the claim or, secondarily, to learn the reason for nonpayment. The methods one uses to do so can have dramatically different results. Below are suggested recovery approaches that every credit and collections professional should utilize when handling two of the most common reasons for nonpayment: customer disputes and promise-breaking customers. By following the steps below, you will save yourself and your company time, money and may even grow the customer relationship. DISPUTED CLAIMS When you learn about an alleged dispute, it is important to immediately uncover the exact nature of the disagreement, obtain all information and documentation pertaining to it, and inquire about previous disclosures. A frivolous dispute usually arises to delay payment and is generally easy to recognize. Often, the first complaint of the dispute does not occur for months after the goods were delivered or the services were rendered. To resolve a dispute, conduct a comprehensive analysis and thoroughly respond to all elements contained therein. To do so: Extract as much information and documentation from the customer about the dispute; Become well-versed in your company’s services, if you aren’t already; Know your company’s reputation, which will indicate whether you should either settle or show no leniency; Attain critical customer information, such as their buying power; Determine how the contract was formed and the terms that governed the agreement; Investigate other significant file facts, such as any customer collectability issues. This dispute analysis will give you the tools to narrow the scope of the issues and shift the customer’s focus to the crux of the problem. That should expedite settlement of legitimate disputes or escalate the file if the dispute is meritless and the customer refuses to change their stance. When a legitimate dispute arises, your best option is usually to settle the case. A common approach is to segment the non-disputed portion from the disputed portion of the unpaid balance. That should allow you to extract full payment for the non-disputed portion and reach an agreement involving payment and/or credits for the [...]

August 14th, 2018|


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