The European payments sector is continuing to make significant headway around real-time payments, however a fragmented ecosystem due to contrasting time zones and limited clearing hours is restricting progress for European corporates. Nevertheless, next-generation services such as SWIFTgpi are stepping in to relieve these administrative restraints and deliver cross-border payments with unprecedented speed and transparency.
The 2019-20 Journeys to Treasury Report suggests that that strong regulatory pressure and rising consumer demand are laying the foundations for the standardisation of real-time payments, a reality that treasurers must play an active role in preparing for.
Working closely with HSBC’s Global Liquidity & Cash Management (GLCM) team, TfL introduced HSBC’s Beneficiary Self-Management solution early in 2018. This solution is designed to speed up repayments and avoid the inefficiencies of making one-off, low value Oyster card refunds. We find out how TfL implemented it in order to enable better decisions and improve quality of life.
ZEE Entertainment Enterprises substantial annual growth required the support of an efficient, automated treasury function. A bespoke end-to-end cash management solution provided by BNP Paribas has achieved accelerated capability around digitisation and sustainability.
Li & Fung Limited partnered with HSBC to consolidate its bank accounts and redesign its existing liquidity structures to make better use of internal liquidity. The company's treasury now has real time control of its cash and has assumed a more strategic role within the organisation.