Treasury & Cash Management

As a biller or merchant, you are vitally concerned about your payments “back office”, that set of core functions involved with accepting consumer payments. Whether you are in Treasury or Technology, if you are concerned with payments, you are asking yourself, every day, questions such as: Is my organization optimized to manage payments? Am I […]

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Recently Ariba/SAP and Discover announced that they intend to “transform” commercial payments. AribaPay is either the most significant B2B payments news in decades or just one more courageous entrant into the discouraging battlefield of B2B payments networks. We’re optimistic, and encouraged to see two strong players enter the fray.  We hope they will tackle head-on […]

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Talking to banks and the biggest bank technology vendors at NACHA’s annual payments conference last week I couldn’t help thinking how they suffer from similar challenges. Big banks are hampered by their complex technology environment of legacy solutions with layers of more modern solutions built on top. Products and customer segments are managed in silos defined […]

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I was at NACHA’s annual payments conference last week and the most interesting things I heard and saw had to do with small business banking and payments, a long suffering, underserved segment of the market. There’ve been glimmers of hope for small business off and on over the years but I haven’t witnessed a groundswell […]

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Glenbrook recently conducted two surveys to develop a detailed understanding of the ideal cross-border payments solution from the perspectives of both payments professionals and payments initiators. We are publishing the results today to coincide with Sibos, the annual international banking conference taking place this week in Toronto. Our research was sponsored by Earthport LLC. In March 2011 […]

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Glenbrook’s Carol Coye Benson and Erin McCune are interviewing leading commercial payment providers and enablers to understand whether we’ve finally reached the ‘tipping point’ for B2B payments. This post featuring Western Union is the second of a series of interviews that we will be featuring here at Payments Views. You can learn more about the […]

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New Glenbrook research, sponsored by Earthport, indicates that as companies do business with an increasing number of customers and suppliers over seas, they desire better cross-border payment systems.  Slow funds clearing, complicated reconciliation, and lack of transparency in foreign exchange fees make cross-border payments particularly challenging for businesses large and small. These are among several key […]

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Glenbrook Partners Erin McCune and Carol Coye Benson are on a mission to discover if the long-awaited  “tipping point” in B2B payments, signaling a world in which electronic payments are the norm, has finally arrived.  In pursuit of this, we’ll be interviewing solution providers over the coming months – let us know if you’d like to talk […]

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This afternoon I visited the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. I am on the board of the SF Treasury Management Association and every year we organize a tour for our members. The Fed Reserve tours are open to the public and geared toward high school-aged kids. But everyone gets giddy around piles and piles […]

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A new report from Forrester underscores a theme that my partner Carol Coye Benson and I have been championing for months now. Widespread adoption of B2B electronic payments is dependent upon an open directory that allows business buyers that want to pay electronically find out which of their myriad of suppliers accept electronic payment and […]

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GTNews – the go to source for global treasury news – is soliciting questions about SWIFT connectivity for Corporates. If you’ve been meaning to learn more, go to the GTNews home page and navigate to the blue box on the bottom right.

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Last week Glenbrook conducted an “Opportunities in B2B  Payments” workshop in New York City.  Erin McCune and I led the workshop, which was attended by product strategists from card networks, NACHA, The Clearing House, major banks, processors, software and service providers and payments start-up companies.  The group had significant experience in B2B payments and shared […]

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A recent survey by Treasury & Risk Magazine reveals that only half of companies with revenues under $2 billion have automated either their accounts receivable (A/R) or accounts payable (A/P) processes: Just over half of the firms that participated in the survey use an ERP system (56%, up from 43% last year) and 25% have […]

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According to a recent survey by CFO.com of finance executives, not only does it cost more to borrow in the current climate, but the quality and breadth of services available from commercial lenders has deteriorated. Seems the bankers are too preoccupied trying to remain in business and keep their jobs to tend to their customers. […]

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A new study from Deloitte reveals that there is a high correlation between bankruptcy and fraud. With economic conditions likely to drive more companies to consider filing for bankruptcy protection, one potential concern is whether the greater scrutiny that generally results, could lead to claims of fraud against the company and its executives. “In the […]

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