Study: E-invoicing and supply chain financing to boost bank revenues after SEPA

October 7, 2008  |  Uncategorized

A recent study looking to identify possible benefits for corporate financial service providers in the aftermath of SEPA implementation marks the existence of two separate approaches banks can implement in order to recoup SEPA-related investments and generate additional revenues: electronic invoicing and supply chain financing.

The study points out that SEPA compliance has exerted a high toll on financial institutions, all the more so since SEPA provisions actually cut back on banks’ payment revenues by stipulating that cross-border payment fee levels should match those of domestic transactions fees. As a result, the study claims, banks need to come up with alternate strategies to compensate for lost payment revenues. The answer, the research points out, could lie in the so-called ‘value-added’ services such as cross-border electronic invoicing and supply chain financing.

Electronic invoicing comes with a series of benefits ranging from process savings to lower fraud and credit risks, faster payments and improved cash flow, lower IT costs due to standardised invoicing, payments and account interfaces and higher productivity. As a result, the study points out that e-invoicing could hold the key to a higher degree of corporate profitability within SEPA and pave the way for another profit-generating value-added service, namely supply chain automation. The latter renders banks more aware of their customers’ own financial processes and cash flows, allowing them to extend credit facilities to their corporate customers and build additional revenues.

The research was conducted by IT service provider TietoEnator.

Source: Tietoenator


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