Having money sitting in bank accounts is often the expensive result of a company’s inability to forecast its cash flows. It is time for treasurers to think again about this ‘unproductive asset’ and look for ways to measure - and improve - treasury’s performance in relation to idle cash.
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.
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.
Micron Technology's decade long partnership with HSBC has proven pivotal in solving the data storage producer's issues around high-value payments processing, a complicated process that is performed to a strict time-limit. The successful processing of these critical payments has not only strengthened the consultative relationship between the two organisations, but underlined what can be achieved through collaborative working.