Cash & Working CapitalCOVID-19
July 28, 2020

Helping Hands: How Corporates Are Aiding Customers and Suppliers

Supply chain finance and how the “we’re in this together” approach to the pandemic is playing out.The COVID-19 crisis has put the meaning of business community—emphasis on community—into sharp relief as some businesses have survived well or even thrived (tech, consumer staples), while others have suffered devastating losses (retail, travel and hospitality). At few points in recent memory has the mutual reliance on comrades in commerce been more important; and as in families, it’s often the stronger of the business…
BankingCash & Working CapitalTechnology
July 23, 2020

Scoring With Single Sign-On and Bank Portal Rationalization

One member’s winning use of single sign-on to access bank portals through Wallstreet Suite impresses peers. A NeuGroup member’s success at implementing single sign-on (SSO) to provide access to bank portals through the company’s treasury management system (TMS) made a splash at the spring virtual meeting of the Global Cash and Banking Group. Of equal interest was the member’s goal of taking away “as much bank portal access as possible” from employees, some of whom only need to see bank statements and…
Customer paying using mobile phone
Cash & Working CapitalCOVID-19Technology
July 17, 2020

NeuGroup for Retail Treasury Pilot Series Wrap-Up

By Joseph Neu As part of our ongoing experimentation with new virtual formats, the NeuGroup for Retail Treasury pilot “meeting” was made into a series of Zoom sessions over the course of about six weeks, concluding this week. This group was launched in partnership with Starbucks Treasury on the member side and sponsored by U.S. Bank. Here are my key takeaways as a wrap up to the series: Covid-19 divides into haves and have-nots. Retail and other consumer-facing businesses, such as…
BankingCash & Working CapitalTechnology
July 16, 2020

COVID Boosts Contactless Payments, Revealing Retailer Frustrations

Low adoption rates in the US and issues such as routing rights and interchange fees may present challenges for some retailers as contactless payment grows.It’s no big surprise that the pandemic has pushed more US shoppers to use contactless credit and debit cards as well as mobile wallets. Tapping or waving a card or phone is a cleaner, safer way to pay than swiping or inserting a card. But what stood out at a recent NeuGroup for Retail Treasury meeting was the…
BankingCash & Working CapitalTechnology
July 14, 2020

Under the Hood of the Global Payments System: Complexity

How TIS helped The Adecco Group harmonize payment, reporting and bank account management processes.So, you need to make payments? Sounds simple, but once you look under the hood of the global payments apparatus—which has developed differently in different places for different currencies—you will discover separate layers of complexity. That’s according to Joerg Wiemer, co-founder and CEO of Treasury Intelligence Solutions, or TIS. Put simply, there are three different sources of complexity. The connection and integration of the ERP and the bank…
Cash & Working CapitalRegional
July 14, 2020

Obstacle Course: Cash Forecasting Challenges in Latin America 

Treasurers in Latin America are coping with the pandemic, M&A activity and working capital needs. Many of the cash management challenges currently facing treasurers in Latin America are being complicated by a variety of factors, including the omnipresent COVID-19 crisis. But also in the mix is recent M&A activity in the region (think integration and its opposite, divestiture), along with difficult financing conditions affecting working capital management. COVID chaos. Latin America is no exception in regions contending with the difficulties brought on…
Cash & Working CapitalTechnology
July 9, 2020

Brain Game: Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Cash Forecasting

ION’s plans to tap machine learning, deep learning and neural networks to help treasurers.   Making better use of technology to improve cash flow forecasting (and cash visibility) has taken on greater importance during the pandemic for many companies where it was already a high priority. That was among the key takeaways at the spring virtual meeting of the Global Cash and Banking Group, sponsored by ION Treasury. ION sells seven different treasury management systems (TMSs), including Reval and Wallstreet Suite.Among…
Cash & Working CapitalCOVID-19
July 2, 2020

Cash and COVID-19: A Tale of Two Companies

One company asks, “Where is the cash?” while another reevaluates operational processes. The economic upheaval unleashed by the pandemic divided the universe of companies at a recent virtual meeting of the Global Cash and Banking Group into two camps: Those with ample liquidity that were able to manage cash and conduct business as usual; and those forced to play defense and go “back to basics,” as one member in the latter camp put it. Two member companies sharing very different perspectives…
Cash & Working CapitalCOVID-19
June 30, 2020

US Coin Shortage: Retail Treasury Teams Call for Action, Urgency

Call it a disruption or call it a shortage—not enough coins means pain for retailers and banks.Treasurers of major retailers and restaurant chains sounded loud notes of alarm at a NeuGroup virtual meeting Friday about what many observers are calling a coin shortage. U.S. Bank, the meeting sponsor, described it as a “severe disruption” in the nation’s coin circulation sparked by COVID-19. (People have spent less cash during the pandemic and have exchanged far fewer coins for bills or credit…
Cash & Working CapitalRisk ManagementTreasury Management
June 25, 2020

March Madness: Searching for Answers on Cash Flow and Credit

Data from Clearwater underscores the concerns of treasury investment managers reducing risk during the pandemic. If you needed any more proof that the pandemic has made treasury investment managers even more attuned to the risks in their portfolios, check out the table below from Clearwater Analytics, which sponsored a NeuGroup meeting this week on market trends and improving balance sheet management.  Cash flow and credit. It may not be surprising, but relative to other searches, the sheer number of views in…