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Achieving the Promise of Electronic Payments with Embedded Payments

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May 28, 2021

Stop me if you think you have heard this one before:

Electronic payments will solve the challenges faced by accounts receivable professionals.

Has the Impact of Electronic Payments Reached its Potential?

Accounts receivable professionals have long been told that electronic payments would facilitate the seamless receipt and flow of payments and remittance data, without human operator intervention.

Things have not worked out that way for most accounts receivable departments.

 


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The Problem

rightRemittance data is not standardized

right Remittance data is frequently incorrect if it’s provided at all

right Staff must search remittance advices for critical data such as invoice numbers or PO numbers

right Remittance advices might include data such as reference IDs that make no sense to the biller

right Remittance advices often arrive decoupled from electronic payments, sometimes days apart

rightGlobal businesses must manage multiple currencies, banks, systems, payment types and more


Accounts receivable departments make matters even worse by processing customer payments and applying cash using a mix of manual processes and loosely integrated systems, many with their own logins and passwords, account requirements, file formats, and complicated proprietary integrations.

As a result, accounts receivable departments spend a lot of time hunting down remittance advices, matching payments with remittance advices, manually keying data, juggling multiple workflows (such as for lockbox payments, checks, and ACH and wire transactions) and resolving exceptions.

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When businesses receive remittance advices with their payments, there’s no guarantee that they will post cleanly. Receivables departments must rely on time-strapped IT resources to map the data on remittance advices, ACH payment records and the file formats delivered by bank lockbox providers.

All this creates downstream problems, particularly in collections and customer satisfaction.

Achieving the Promise of Seamless Payments with Embedded Solutions

It is for these reasons that more accounts receivables departments are planning to embed payments solutions in their legacy software and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. Leading embedded payments solutions have integrated with more than 90 different ERP applications.

 


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The Solution

Embedded payments solutions allow users to disburse or collect payments from within a single system with familiar screens and with just a few clicks of the mouse.

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check No multiple logins to manage

check No data silos

check No customer frustration from delayed or late payments


Payments also can be made or received through a payment network. Payments and rich remittance detail electronically flow between the systems of buyers and suppliers fast, accurately, and touch-free.

How Embedded Payments Streamline Receivables

Embedded payments and embedded ERP payment solutions are a game-changer for receivables:

ico-check Buyers can make and receive electronic payments in the way that works for them.

ico-check A centralized business directory tracks supplier payment terms and preferences and makes it easy and secure for customers to onboard suppliers and begin paying them electronically.

ico-check Real Time Payment (RTP) and other transaction types expedite B2B and B2C payments.

ico-check Rich remittance details are uploaded directly to a supplier’s ERP, eliminating the burden of keying data and applying cash and wiping out posting delays that can jam up lines of credit.

ico-check Buyers and suppliers can instantly see the status of payments and historical payment details.

ico-check Payments are reconciled in real-time, improving reporting and speeding the financial close.

ico-check Treasury connectivity is improved, and data and payment silos are eliminated.

Embedded payments help address the big challenges in today’s electronic payments environment.

None of this is possible when payments operate standalone from ERPs and other legacy software.


Ready to automate the way your business processes payments and applies cash?

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