Welcome to Batch!
Batch is the BA’s online payment system that saves booksellers time and money – and it’s FREE to members. Join today to start enjoying the benefits.

Batch Payments
Register with Batch and all your accounts with suppliers can be paid in a single monthly transaction, cutting admin costs and time wasted on the phone. You can see every invoice, credit and delivery note online 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and, if you need paper copies, simply print them out. 
Batch Integration Software (BIS)
BIS is a program that allows invoices and credit notes to be downloaded from your Batch account to a PC. The transactions are then imported into Sage Line 50 Accounts or Instant Accounts and each transaction is applied to the appropriate supplier record in the purchase ledger. (Charges apply.)

Electronic data
Booksellers – did you know that Batch provides a reliable, cost-effective and constructive service to translate data from any format into the format required by your suppliers? Our software can translate a single format to multiple formats and deliver to multiple recipients automatically.
Data types:
Any file format can be converted into a structured file format for transmission to trading partners: Electronic Data Interchange (EDI); any delimited or structured file format; flat files; XML; spreadsheets.
Benefits of Batch:
* Import invoices and credit notes directly into your stock control and accounting packages.
* Export all supply chain messages and deliver them to your trading partners in their preferred format.
* Multiple communication protocols are supported.
* The system is fully automated.
* Your data is secure to ISO 27001 standards.
* Hosted secure systems, including disaster recovery.
* Free to booksellers!
Case study:
A major academic book retailer in Norway wanted to reduce their data integration costs when consolidating different businesses. Batch now takes data from all their suppliers and manages the feed into the retailer's internal systems. Batch handles all changes in data from the company's suppliers saving them thousands of Euros a year.

Batch Returns
FREE to BA members, Batch Returns was developed specifically to reduce waste in the process. Instead of waiting for a publisher’s rep to authorise returns, simply send a list electronically from the Batch Returns website and get an answer within hours. Then print out a bar-coded label and return the stock.

“The main reason I use Batch is because it is simple, straightforward, free and very easy to use. Batch saves time and so therefore it saves money. It’s a no-brainer. Invoices can be authorised online at any time up to the payment deadline and once done you can forget about them. There are now 18 Batch suppliers that I use from time to time. For an additional £2 per week I use BIS (Batch Integration System), which automatically links to my Sage accounts. Invoices from Batch suppliers are downloaded into Sage, paid on line in Batch and automatically updated on Sage. I don’t have to type any of these invoices up manually. It’s the best £2 spent because it literally saves me hours each month and frees me up for other things.” - Geoff Wallace, London School of Theology Books & Resource
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