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Case Study

Cumby Group

Using Procore’s Invoice Management to improve billing accuracy and transparency, save hours per week, and build better, more collaborative relationships with subcontractor.

40

hours per week

saved in manual data entry and checking for errors in billing

75%

subcontractor billing compliance

leading to time savings, increased accuracy, and better business relationships
 

1

full time FTE

freed up to focus on more advanced accounting projects, uplevelling their skills and making greater contributions to the business

The Challenge

Prior to Procore, Cumby Group was managing their invoicing process like many contractors still do today, via email, excel spreadsheets, and disparate documents and attachments. This translated to hours of ping ponging emails back and forth to subcontractors to track down revisions, manual data entry across multiple systems, and wasted time spent in correcting mistakes and rework. As Senior Information Technology and Human Resources Manager, Kardi Barton, recalls “I remember subcontractors sending in their invoices via excel spreadsheets with incorrect calculations, pieces of paper, and even paper napkins”.

The team was looking for a solution to not only help them streamline the process, saving time and costly errors, but also to improve visibility and collaboration across teams, including their subcontractors. 

“Once they log in the first time, it’s easy to use and we see more usage across the platform - plan updates, contracts, invoices, all of it.”
Cameron Pumphrey
Cameron Pumphrey, VP Business Operations
Cumby Group

The Solution

Greater Transparency and Accuracy in Billing

Since Cumby Group began using Procore’s Invoice Management product two years ago, they’ve been able to simplify and streamline their invoicing process by having subcontractors create and revise invoices, based off of existing contracts directly in Procore. No longer are accounting teams having to troubleshoot pay apps in excel. By enabling subs to enter invoices in Procore based off of commitment line items, they’ve made it more transparent and easier to ensure accuracy. There is no confusion about what’s been billed previously and with invoices linked directly to their commitments, overbilling is a thing of the past.

Cumby Group meeting over building plans

Improved Collaboration with Subcontractors

With Procore, Cumby Group has improved communication and collaboration across their teams - internal and external. Accounting and project management teams can review, approve, and send invoices in the same system, improving visibility and saving countless hours spent in emails, excel, and data entry. 

Cumby Group has also seen a large increase in collaboration with subcontractors in Procore. They’ve created a lightweight, branded onboarding guide to help get subcontractors started using Procore and now have the vast majority of their subs billing directly in the system. 

“Typically once we get subcontractors to log into Procore and submit their first invoice, they see the value in terms of greater visibility, easy access to payment status, etc. Once they log in the first time, it’s easy to use and we see more usage across the platform - plan updates, contracts, invoices, all of it.” - Cameron Pumphrey, VP Business Operations

Cumby Group discussing plans on a jobsite

Enhanced Value with Integrated Systems and Analytics

When evaluating Invoice Management, Cumby Group teams were already familiar with Procore, using many of the other Project Management tools to enhance their processes. The ease of use and the connectivity across the platform made purchasing Invoice Management a natural choice. They were able to leverage many of Procore’s 250+ marketplace integrations, like Docusign and Sage, to ensure the process was streamlined and cohesive. They also take advantage of Invoice Management and Analytics, pulling key financial data into high-visibility monitors in their office lobby. 

“We have a row of monitors in our bullpen with several KPIs and live job site cameras connected. When we see any invoice state that hasn’t changed or open invoices at the end of the month that haven’t been approved, the team can easily see that on the monitor without having to dig through spreadsheets or emails.” - Cameron Pumphrey, VP Business Operations

Cumby Group Photo

The Results

Cumby Group has seen huge increases in both time saving and accuracy with Procore’s Invoice Management tool. “We’ve cut our data entry time in half. Accuracy is so much better - we’re not having to review and make corrections from errors in invoices.” says Melinda Ramsey, AP Manager. The time savings across the process have effectively given them back a full time team member, with the AP team now freed up to work on higher level accounting projects rather than data entry, uplevelling their skills and making greater contributions to the business. 

They’ve also seen more partnership and collaboration across stakeholders. With a more unified process and greater visibility, their relationship with subcontractors has improved, all while saving their teams time and getting everyone paid faster. 
 

Cumby Group is an integrated Austin builder and developer that builds a range of housing options within Austin’s urban core for those who value premium home features while living the Austin lifestyle. They design and build custom properties based on the unique character of each neighborhood in order to add value to the city and preserve what makes it great.

Location

Austin, TX

ACV

$35M

Primary Industry

Multi-Family and Commercial Real Estate

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