Today, businesses in the food and beverage industry are under pressure to reduce risk and eliminate causes of both operational and financial inefficiency throughout the organization. Outdated processes for beer payments, in particular, are a major cause of such inefficiency for retailers.
Common B2B Payment Challenges —and Their Solutions
In this blog, we’ll look at some of the reasons businesses and consumers alike are ditching cash payments in favor of B2B mobile solutions, and how you can leverage this trend to reduce risk and boost B2B payments efficiency.
Manually counting cash, checks, and card statements are time and labor intensive on your staff, which can lead to data entry errors. Electronic payment systems provide more accurate payment data and make it possible to automate disbursement, receipt, and payment processes. This helps retailers maintain better financial data and is highly effective in minimizing—or entirely mitigating—disputes with vendors. Electronic B2B payment systems also make the financial supply chain more transparent, which facilitates proactive decision making that’s informed by verifiable data. Management can also access the latest reports, snapshots, and end-to-end historic financial information.
Before electronic payment processes were available, incidences of fraud within companies were much higher than they are today—tracing cash, check, and card payments was far more difficult. Thanks to the real-time financial information that electronic payment processes provide, retailers have far more visibility into where their funds are going, and any suspicious activity can be identified and flagged immediately. Best-in-class b2b payment solutions are also highly secure, which lowers the risk involved with handling cash or check payments.
Safety Hazards And Sustainability
Cash-in-transit vehicles can have financial risk further down the chain. Regular trips to the bank mean you’re spending more on fuel than you need to, and contributing to carbon emissions. The cashless nature of mobile payments eliminates much of the financial risk associated with traditional payment methods and removes the need for constant trips to and from the bank.
A less obvious benefit of mobile b2b payments is that they are faster and less cumbersome than card or cash payments. The fast checkout times and user-friendliness that come with online shopping has made customers impatient to wait for lengthy card transactions or for cashiers to count out change. Mobile payments are the perfect counter to this. Replacing printed invoices with digital ones wherever possible is also worth considering. This will reduce the time customers spend at the til,l leading to faster checkouts and happier shoppers.
Boost B2B Payment Efficiency with Mobile, Flexible Software
iControl is the embodiment of that digital and agile revolution. This mobile B2B payment solution suits all the needs a business can have, be it a store or enterprise level, to ensure payments are done swiftly, securely and easily. To find out more about iControl, request a demo with our sales team today.