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December 9, 2020updated 14 Dec 2020 11:09pm

Scotiabank first to offer real-time payments in Canada through Interac e-transfer for Business

By Douglas Blakey

Scotiabank is the first financial institution in Canada to offer real-time payments for all business banking customers using flexible routing options.

These include a recipient’s account number or email address, using Interac e-Transfer for Business. This, along with data-rich remittance information will make it easier for businesses of all sizes to pay one another and reconcile transactions in real-time.

“We are proud to be the first bank in Canada to introduce faster payments for our business banking customers,” says Chemi Nanglu, Head, Product & Operations, Global Business Payments at Scotiabank.

“With new capabilities, like enhanced data to ease reconciliation and account number routing to make sending payments easier, we are continuing to enable value added services as we upgrade our payment capabilities.”

Interac e-transfer for Business: maximising working capital

The ability to send and receive data-rich payments in real time optimises cash flow so businesses can put their money to work right away. Transactions are processed in real-time, with confirmation of payment delivered within five seconds and funds available to the recipient immediately.

This makes it possible for businesses to take advantage of ‘just-in-time’ payments, allowing them to maximise working capital. Real-time payments also minimise the likelihood of late payments or allows a user to take advantage of early payment discounts from suppliers without needing to account for time delays or manual processing associated with legacy payment products like Electronic Fund Transfers (EFTs) or cheques.

Interac e-Transfer for Business is poised to do for business payments what Interac e-Transfer did for peer-to-peer transactions,” says Peter Maoloni, Vice President, Product and Services, Interac Corp.

“With enhanced capabilities like real-time, high-value and data-rich payments, businesses can streamline accounting processes to maximise the efficiency in utilising working capital for their business’ financial management needs.”

Greater security, flexibility, simplicity

Scotiabank business customers can now send and receive payments using a recipient’s account number or email address for added choice and flexibility.

The ability to route the payment through various options allows for greater security, flexibility and simplicity by directly sending and receiving payments using the information that works best for both the sender and recipient of funds. For example, the ability to send directly to a bank account can leverage payment information already on-file for transactions. Additionally, businesses can include invoice information, remittance details and send higher amounts compared to traditional Interac e-Transfer transactions for ease in reconciliation and processing.

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