Corporate treasury professionals face a greater set of challenges than ever before.
Reduced liquidity and enhanced volatility mean firms must manage cash and financial risk more efficiently. At the same time, higher costs, fewer resources, and more complex transactions require greater transparency and tighter control to drive better financial results through operational process efficiencies.
One key area where improving operational efficiencies can be highly remunerative for corporate enterprise resource planning (ERP) system users is around payments and the payments process. According to the Accuity Payments Industry Report, 90% of organisations cited a payments failure rate of under 5% percent, yet costs of failed payments have increased, with over a third reporting an average fee of more than $30 USD per transaction failure.
Despite a wealth of powerful financial processing capabilities available to companies deploying ERP systems, it is clear that issues remain. Regulatory compliance, payment rejections and repairs, and the manual research necessary to ensure correct payment routing information can still result in sub-optimal payment efficiency.
The key to managing these issues lies in securing the most complete, accurate and up-to-date bank master data so you can keep your vendor, partner and bank payment routing data current and relevant.
To help corporate treasury departments, we have pulled together our top five recommendations to ensure accurate payment data and optimised payment processes:
As the payments ecosystem continues to innovate at pace along with the inevitable push towards global real-time payments, corporate treasury departments will undoubtedly face new challenges in ensuring that payments to their vendors, partners and banks are error-free and executed on time.
Avoiding the risks of failed payments – whether supply chain issues, bank repair costs and the cost of manual intervention in the repair/rekeying process – is paramount. The quality of payee data held in bank master data files – when kept current and up to date will ensure payments remain compliant and optimised so that you can extract the best possible straight through processing efficiencies.