We understand the struggles facing businesses of today to handle and process large numbers of documents, from receipts to invoices among other internal documents. Manually processing these documents opens the door to errors in data extraction as well as document fraud slipping through the cracks. In fact, a Gartner study suggests that the yearly cost of human data entry errors is almost $1 million.
For this, AI-powered Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, has been a game-changer for various businesses that handle data extraction from documents like receipts, invoices, or purchase orders. Using OCR for line item extraction and recognition offers a streamlined approach to handling vast amounts of data across a range of industries such as financial, retail, and more.
In this blog, we’ll delve into the details of line item extraction and recognition, and how you can extract line item data from receipts or invoices with Klippa. Let’s dive in!
Why is Line Item Recognition & Processing Useful for Businesses?
As the world steps further into the world of automation and AI, there are more and more reasons for businesses to ask how automation can help them. But how exactly can businesses leverage OCR for line item extraction? Well, here are some use cases to examine just how this can be done.
There are a lot of use cases for receipt and invoice line item extraction and processing. However, here are a few of the use cases we come across frequently:
- Accounts Payable Automation: Line item recognition simplifies the extraction of product details, quantities, and prices, to accelerate accounts payable and receivable processes.
- Expense Reporting: Businesses can automate expense management, reducing manual input and ensuring accuracy in reimbursement with OCR for line item data extraction.
- Procurement and Supplier Management: Line item extraction can be used to streamline data extraction to enhance the efficiency of tracking orders, managing suppliers, and ensuring compliance. Invoices or purchase orders can be scanned for swift extraction and processing.
- Receipt Scanning For Loyalty Programs: Line item extraction can be used to identify items frequently purchased by customers enrolled in loyalty programs. This information can help businesses tailor loyalty rewards and offers to individual customer preferences, enhancing customer retention and engagement.
- Receipt Clearing for Loyalty Campaigns: Line item extraction can be used by companies running loyalty campaigns where customers may need to submit receipts to earn rewards or points. Line item recognition enables automated receipt validation, ensuring that customers are accurately credited for their purchases.
How Does Line Extraction Work with OCR?
OCR technology is a powerful tool that enhances the quality of a scanned text or an image and follows several steps to extract data that has been captured. For line item extraction, OCR software enables you to scan receipts and invoices, eliminating the need for manual extraction of individual line items. This way you can better maintain accuracy, prevent fraud, and save time.
There are 2 primary approaches to OCR: Template OCR and Machine Learning OCR and they differ in their ability to extract and process line items efficiently. Template OCR is based on predetermined templates. A template-based model often requires manual intervention, which can be time-consuming and inefficient when dealing with various document formats.
An AI-powered OCR, like machine learning OCR, on the other hand, is a more efficient solution for line item extraction. AI-based OCR harnesses the learning capabilities to not only recognize different document types and data fields but also adapt and learn from diverse document formats, making it the ideal choice for businesses seeking automated line item extraction.
When processing a wide range of invoices and documents from an even wider range of suppliers and service providers, efficiency and optimization are very important. With Machine learning and AI-powered OCR such as Klippa DocHorizon, this can be better achieved.
Let’s dive into how Klippa extracts line items from receipts and invoices.
Line item extraction from receipts
Line item extraction for receipts is typically used by businesses and organizations in the retail sector and financial administration. For example, as a business in the loyalty sector, you may require your customers to submit receipts to earn rewards or points. Line item extraction and processing provides automated receipt validation, ensuring that customers earning the rewards are valid and accurate purchases.
Here is how the process works. You first need a photo or copy of the receipt for processing. Once you have a photo of a receipt, it can be uploaded to the OCR API via mobile, web, FTP, or even email. Once the receipts have been received by Klippa’s OCR engine, it starts performing pattern recognition and layout analysis, and identifies that the image is a receipt. Then Klippa’s OCR software identifies and extracts text from various sections of the receipt, including the individual line items, dates, and merchant information.
Then it segregates individual line items on the receipt, including product names, quantities, prices, and total amounts. The extracted data is converted into a machine-readable format such as JSON, CSV, XML, etc. using machine learning algorithms. This is then returned as an output from the API to easily process the receipt in your database or in your existing software system.
The structured data is then ready for data analytics, loyalty, expense management, and accounting purposes. With these steps, the process of line item extraction and processing is faster, more efficient, and less error-prone than the manual alternative.
Invoice line item extraction
The financial sectors and professionals reap the most benefits of invoice line item extraction. For example, extracting line items accurately is crucial for tracking expenses, validating invoices, and managing accounts payable and receivable. By automating this, you can make the process more efficient, relying less on human intervention and protecting your business from fraud.
The good news is that the scanning and extracting process is quite similar to the receipt scanning process. Once you scan the image or document is scanned and identified as an invoice. After the OCR API scans the document, the relevant information including business names, amounts, phone numbers, and VAT values are highlighted and extracted.
These details are extracted and converted into a machine-readable format such as JSON, CSV, XML, etc ready for you to proceed. At this stage, you can easily process the invoices to check for document fraud through two-way matching for example. Klippa DocHorizon for example is embedded with OCR technology that enables it to perform these tasks and more.
These technologies not only save time but also significantly improve accuracy, making them indispensable for businesses managing diverse supplier invoices.
The Benefits of Automated Line Item Processing
So we’ve taken you through the process of line item extraction and the way it works, let’s run through the benefits of automating line item processing.
- Accuracy: Reduce manual data entry errors with automated extraction and recognition, leading to more precise and reliable data.
- Time Efficiency: Save time and resources by automating the extraction of line items from documents, allowing employees to focus on more value-added tasks.
- Cost Savings: Decrease operational costs associated with manual data entry and improve overall efficiency.
- Save Time: Save time using automated document processing, powered by Klippa’s OCR technology, and eliminate manual input and document processing.
- Scalability: Easily scale up or down based on business needs without the need for additional manpower.
- Enhanced Customer Experience: Provide quicker and more accurate responses to customer inquiries and requests.
Seamlessly Extract Line Items Using Klippa DocHorizon
Whether you’re looking to automate expense management, invoice processing, accounts payable processes, or receipt validation for loyalty campaigns, Klippa DocHorizon has you covered. DocHorizon is an intelligent document processing (IDP) solution that harnesses the power of OCR and various AI technologies to process a wide range of documents.
Here are the benefits of using DocHorizon:
- Multi-Language Processing: Klippa DocHorizon is capable of processing documents in all Latin languages. This ensures flexibility and accessibility, making it an ideal choice for businesses with diverse linguistic needs.
- Accuracy and Efficiency: DocHorizon’s advanced OCR technology ensures accuracy in line item extraction and document processing. It minimizes errors, saves time, and improves overall efficiency.
- Automate Document Processing Workflow: With the DocHorizon platform, easily set up workflows and automate document-related business processes.
- Streamlined Integration: Seamlessly integrate DocHorizon with your existing systems, databases, and ERP solutions to enhance your workflow and maximize the benefits of automation.
- Fraud Detection: Detect document fraud with EXIF and copy-move analysis with smart AI algorithms.
Curious to find out how Klippa’s solution can help you enhance your receipt and invoice processing with line item recognition and extraction? Book a free online demo below!