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Apple has partnered with Tungsten Network to provide a simpler way for suppliers to submit invoices
Using over a decade’s worth of experience, we have drawn together an extensive set of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and documents to help you every step of the way
Both the buyer and seller must be members of the Tungsten Network in order to send and receive electronic invoices through Tungsten.
Many of your customers may already be members of the network. Within 24 hours of joining the Tungsten Network, you can be sending those customers e-invoices.
Yes. As of 2013 use of Tungsten e-invoicing will become a formal vendor selection criteria employed by Apple. Although this will not necessarily lead to an immediate disqualification of non-compliant vendors, our expectation is that such suppliers will, over time, inevitably find themselves at a disadvantage.
Shortly, this will be the primary way that Apple accepts delivery of supplier invoices.
Yes, part of the registration process is that you have to accept required standard terms and conditions given. Once you do it, the expectation from Apple is that you will stop submitting paper invoices (rejected if still received) and submit all invoices via Tungsten.
Depending on the solution selected, you will either sign a specific agreement with Tungsten or be required to accept the standard terms and conditions presented.
Yes. Apple is actively phasing out the processing of paper invoices to take advantage of the benefits that electronic invoicing provides to both us and our suppliers. As of 2013, use of Tungsten e-invoicing will become a formal vendor selection criteria employed by Apple. Although this will not necessarily lead to an immediate disqualification of non-compliant vendors, our expectation is that such suppliers will, over time, inevitably find themselves at a disadvantage.
Tungsten Network provides electronic invoicing, analytics, and workflow solutions to companies around the globe. For more information about our products and services please visit our website.
To start using the Tungsten Network, all you need to do is register now, using the Registration Key or TN Number given to you by your customer. Once registered, all suppliers using this option automatically receive 52 free transactions. At the end of your first anniversary (one year after registration), we will replenish your account, at no charge, back to 52 free invoices for you to use during the next 12 months.
If you are registered in one of the countries below and intend to store your invoices for tax reclaim on the Tungsten invoice archive you will need to notify your local tax authority. Tungsten provides a standard wording you can use to provide this notification. A link to a copy of the notification template will be emailed to you.
No. Additional software or hardware is NOT required. You only need a connection to the internet to send e-Invoices via the Tungsten Network.
The minimum operating system requirements are: Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Linux or Mac OS 9.2*.
Minimum browser requirements are: Version 9 of Internet Explorer and the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera.
You can send invoices directly from your billing system in any format you choose. To do this you will need to become an Integrated Solution Supplier on the Tungsten Network. Please contact Tungsten directly on +44 (0)870 165 7420 to do this. Tungsten also has local numbers in the following countries:
|Asia Pacific region||+60 (3) 9207 7800|
|Belgium||+32 (0)24 031 011|
|Denmark||+45 808 858 18|
|Finland||+358 (0)800 118 871|
|France||+33 (0)1707 081 00|
|Germany||+49 (0)69 2222 20290|
|Ireland||+353 (0)1 247 7709|
|Italy||+39 02360 06340|
|Netherlands||+31 (0)207 121 385|
|Norway||+47 800 149 34|
|Portugal||+351 (0)800 860007|
|Spain||+34 914 141 472|
|Sweden||+46 (0)85 057 8418|
|Switzerland||+41 (0)44 580 1491|
|United Kingdom||+44 (0)870 165 7420|
|United States||+1 (770) 698 1420|
Once you are subscribed to the network, Tungsten enables you to send electronic invoices to any other buyer customers that are members of the network without any additional charge. Click on Customer Connect in your supplier portal to easily locate other buyers.
Please click here for a list of Apple entities on Tungsten Network.
Tungsten Network provides two levels of electronic invoicing capability. Each of the solutions includes a free number of invoices each month.
Apple does not cover a Suppliers costs to produce your paper invoices and therefore will not be covering the cost to send electronically. However the electronic solution is more cost effective to most businesses. In addition to the financial savings you will also receive the advantages of immediate invoice submission, invoice delivery confirmation, and 24/7 invoice status and reporting capability.
Tungsten Network is not a payment platform. Apple will continue to use their current payment method.
The Tungsten Solutions do not require any software or hardware installations to submit invoices.
No, the expectation from Apple is that once you receive this notification you should start submitting all invoices through Tungsten and no further paper invoices should be sent (rejected if still received). This is to prevent any possible duplication.
No, this is to prevent duplicate invoices. The system itself does not allow entering the same number twice.
Yes, just enter relevant date. However, a future date is not possible.
Please enter only one PO in “PO field” on invoice header. Please enter other POs in the body of the invoice – each PO on each related line, e.g.:
No, to get an accurate status of your submitted invoices you should view the Invoice Status updates on your Tungsten portal account.
When a supplier or Buyer registers to the Tungsten portal they have to nominate an administrator, the details of the administrator can be located by clicking on “My Account” and then by clicking on “My Profile” the details will appear at the bottom of the screen.
It is the administrator that can add new users and amend access rights.
Tungsten remembers all invoice numbers sent by you to Apple. This protects both you and Apple from sending duplicates. Therefore your invoice should always have a unique number, for example 1/2013 and 1/2014 will be accepted.
Please refer to the pricing model.
Access to the Tungsten service, including the Web Form, requires three credential authorizations. In addition, each session is protected by industry standard 128 bit SSL encryption using Class 3 Server Certificates from Verisign. Once your invoice is created it is stored in the secure archive where it is protected by the latest security measures which are tested daily.
This means only authorized users can connect to the site and that once connected, all communications are private and data is completely secure.
The business between you and your customer will continue in the same language. You should continue to send invoices in them same language you normally use.
If you require support, please call +44 (0) 870 165 7430. For assistance in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, please call one of the local numbers below:
|Belgium||+ 32 2403 1012|
|France||+ 33 1707 08109|
|Germany||+ 49 6922 2220 293|
|Ireland||+ 35 3124 77710|
|Italy||+ 39 0236 006 341|
|Netherlands||+ 31 2071 21386|
|Portugal||+ 35 1800 814 549|
|Spain||+ 34 9141 41473|
|UK||+ 44 8701 657 430|
Please note that these numbers are for Tungsten e-invoicing support queries only. Please continue to direct your payment queries to your existing customer contact.