A new study from Juniper Research found that 14 billion B2B cross-border transactions will be processed by 2023; rising from 13.5 billion in 2019, a 7% increase. This will be driven by the introduction of blockchain-based payment networks.
According to the research, B2B Money Transfer - Domestic & Cross-Border Market Opportunities 2019-2023, international payments will become faster, cheaper and less complex; driven by network innovation. The digitalisation of cross-border payment networks, aligned with the use of cloud-based tools, APIs and blockchain, will enable the replacement of bilateral networks with multilateral models; improving efficiency and reducing costs.
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Money Corp leads Juniper Research’s B2B Non-banking Payment Providers list
Juniper Research assessed 12 non-banking payment providers; comparing their product features, breadth of solutions and revenues, as well as overall network strength. The research ranked the five leading B2B payment vendors as follows:
- Money Corp
- Currencies Direct
Money Corp offers comprehensive platform functionalities, including specific solutions for eight different industries. TorFX offers a broad range of foreign exchange services, marketing insights and the innovative scheduling of regular overseas payments. Third-ranked TransferMate supports transactions in an impressive 134 currencies.
Lack of transparency creates opportunity for innovation
Most international B2B transactions are still made via traditional, bilateral methods due to legacy infrastructure, which results in slow, non-traceable and expensive transactions. The lack of transparency inherent in these systems allows intermediate banks and non-banking institutions to charge high exchange rates and additional fees.
As blockchain affords complete traceability of transactions, its introduction would increase transparency, improve standardisation and reduce errors. The research recommended that payment network providers must invest in blockchain to ensure future competitiveness.
Research author Maite Bezerra remarked, “Future growth in B2B cross-border transactions will be driven by innovative corporate payment solutions that make transparency central to their models, following the example set by disruptive vendors in the consumer money transfer market”.
Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector; providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.
Photo: Research author Maite Bezerra