Business-to-business (B2B) payments comprise a huge market. Today, they outstrip all other types of payments and are on a steady growth trajectory. According to BI Intelligence research, B2B payments totaled $18.5 trillion in 2016, compared with $5 trillion in business-to-consumer payments and $709 billion in consumer-to-consumer payments. And consulting firm Deloitte reported that B2B payments have been expanding at a combined annual growth rate of 5.8 percent over the last several years and will exceed $23 trillion by 2020.
Yet businesses still overwhelmingly prefer checks for B2B payments, a highly specialized market, for two primary reasons: pricing and perceived workflow efficiencies. Payment professionals attracted to B2B payments, however, see plenty of opportunity for transitioning the B2B sphere to card payments, both plastic and virtual. The lead article in this issue delves into the nature and size of this opportunity, pain points that need to be addressed, and the benefits to businesses of converting from checks to card payments.
The discussion continues elsewhere in the issue when one contributing writer questioned whether corporate purchasing cards can truly enable buyers and sellers to exchange invoice information quickly, easily and cheaply, which is a primary benefit check payments provide. Other industry experts shared insights and information on how the element of surprise can work well in sales; the use of on-demand video for marketing in payments; the likely expectations of Generation Z and their impact on payments; and factors to consider when evaluating cash discount programs.
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