how is the first collection action computed?

In the structure of your workflow, you have the option of choosing the logic of your first action. This will determine which workflow action your customer will enter according to the due date of their oldest invoice.

Standard logic

By choosing the standard logic, your customer will automatically enter at the first action of your workflow, regardless of the due date of their oldest invoice. Let’s take the following workflow as example:


Once the first action is sent, the contact delay will be applied for the trigger time between the first and second action. Here, the second action will be sent 8 days after the first one.

For each customer, the sequence of actions will be based on the carrying invoice. Once the carrying invoice is paid, the sequence will start over from the beginning, on a new carrying invoice.

Note: given a new carrying invoice (no actions have ever been executed on that carrying invoice), the first action will depend on the status of the invoice. If the invoice is due, then the action will be "Invoice almost due"; however, if the invoice is overdue (no matter how old it is), the action will be "1st reminder".

Contextualized logic

This logic takes into account the due date of your customer's oldest invoice. Let's take the following workflow structure as an example:

If your customer's most overdue invoice is 18 days old, he will enter the dunning plan at the 3rd action, which is the action closest to the due date of the invoice.

The fact that workflows always start at the beginning can sometimes be an issue for our customers. For example, a customer can have an invoice that's been due for 15 days to become the carrying invoice (e.g. once the previous carrying invoice is paid).

This causes actions to be out of context, and the tone of voice to be off, given the age of the invoice. This is why we propose contextual actions. This new logic will allow the first action of the sequence to be the closest past action.

Note: This logic only affects the way we determine the first action. Subsequent actions will always be generated in order.

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