Next Day Funding
In the previous article, we have already studied how commercial banks help in providing point-of-sale services to their corporate customers. We have also studied how point-of-sale systems have become strategically important for corporations. However, they are some pain points in the point-of-service system as well. Commercial banks provide another service called next-day funding in order to help overcome some of these issues which result from point-of-sale systems.
What is Next Day Funding?
In order to understand the benefit of next-day funding, we first need to understand the problems which are faced by businesses with regard to the collection of payments. We already know that a large number of transactions happening inside any store are electronic transactions. This means that most of these transactions happen via debit cards, credit cards, or mobile wallets.
Now, when transactions are conducted electronically, the merchant does not receive payment immediately. The payment processor or the commercial bank generally holds on to the payment for a few days in order to help mitigate risks. Hence, merchants receive their payments only after three to four days after the transaction has taken place. This means that a significant portion of the daily revenue is locked up. This means that the working capital requirement of the company also goes up leading to an escalation in costs.
As the name suggests, next-day funding is a service provided by commercial banks to their clients where they shorten the timespan for receiving payments. Instead of waiting for three to four days in order to receive payments, corporations can receive the payments on the very next business day. The ability to expedite the reception of payments helps in reducing the credit to cash-cycle.
Factors that Affect the Next Day Funding Service
The next-day funding service is an important service provided by commercial banks. However, there are a couple of factors that need to be taken into account to ensure that the service provides the desired results.
The details of these factors are as follows:
Benefits of Next Day Funding
Next-day funding is popular amongst businesses because of the several benefits that it provides to business users. Some of the benefits have been mentioned below:
The bottom line is that next-day funding is an important feature and is very useful for companies if it is reasonably priced. There are faster alternatives such as same-day payment also available in some developed countries. However, these payments tend to be quite expensive which makes them unviable.
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