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Study Finds That Supplier Retention Critically Important to Finance Organizations

Tipalti, the leading global payables automation solution, has released findings from a survey of finance and business executives that identifies the importance of making streamlined payments to suppliers. The study, “Supplier Payment Automation Strategies,” found that a majority of companies (68%) believe it is critically important to retain long term business relationships with their payees and that payments is a critical touchpoint in that experience. The study also found that a high number of respondents (32%) admit they do not screen payees for drug trafficking, money laundering or terrorism against national blacklists like OFAC prior to each payment, and in addition another 24% aren’t sure if they take this measure.

The survey, conducted by market research firm Gatepoint Research and sponsored by Tipalti, found that a quarter of those surveyed (25%) send a significant percentage (11%+) of their payments cross-border, with 38% of those respondents using Global ACH. Additionally, 82% of participants send over 100 transactions a month and 29% send over 1,000 transactions monthly. While high volume AP operations requires more resources to help drive the company forward, 34% of respondents’ organizations still do not currently use a payment automation system and must manage the payment process manually.

Additional findings from the “Supplier Payment Automation Strategies” survey include:

  • 54% of companies would consider upgrading their current AP processes if the ROI for such a change was compelling, while another 45% already have a plan in place to upgrade their current payables automation system.
  • Survey participants note invoice processing (63%), supplier onboarding (43%), and payment reconciliation (30%) as the most time intensive AP activity they perform each month.
  • A great majority of organizations (more than 80%) pay with wire transfer, paper checks, and/or US ACH.
  • Early Payments may be an increasing trend. 29% already extend this option to their suppliers today, while another 7% aspire to offer this to their suppliers in the future.

“The world of B2B payments is changing rapidly, with increasing globalization of the supplier base, new payment methods and preferences, and greater risk and regulatory requirements such as OFAC and FATCA. With all of this, the importance of attracting and retaining your suppliers has never been more important to maintain and gain competitiveness,” said Chen Amit, CEO and co-founder of Tipalti. “This report highlights the need for CFOs to establish the right Payables Transformation strategy today to ensure that their financial operations scales with their business over time, while eliminating AP risk, strengthening supplier relationships, and freeing up the finance team to optimize company-wide competitiveness and productivity.”

The “Supplier Payment Automation Strategies” study was conducted between February and October 2017. Gatepoint polled 105 executives including senior decision makers in finance and operations. Survey participants represent firms from a wide variety of industries including business services; manufacturing (general, primary and high tech); media; financial services; telecom services; wholesale and retail trade; consumer services; and public administration across a wide range of annual revenues.

The complete Gatepoint Research study can be found at https://tipalti.com/gatepoint-report-2017.

About Gatepoint Research

Gatepoint Research has been conducting market research surveys since 1997. Each year over 20,000 management-level executives, across a broad range of US and International organizations, complete surveys on business and technology trends. The insights are analyzed to help guide decisions regarding sales, product development and marketing.

About Tipalti

Tipalti is the only global payables automation solution to streamline all phases of the payments workflow in one holistic cloud platform. Tipalti makes it effortless for finance organizations at high-growth companies including Amazon, Houzz, Twitter, Roku, and GoDaddy to manage their entire global AP and supplier payments operation. The solution delivers proactive, world-class best practices across the entire AP workflow encompassing supplier onboarding and vetting, tax and regulatory compliance, touchless invoice management, cross-border payments, early payments, fraud detection, supplier payment status communications, payment reconciliation, and AP reporting.

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