It’s here. The day of L.O.V.E. And while heart-shaped candy boxes, rosy-cheeked cupids, and adorable heart-hugging teddy bears may make some of you a little queasy, we think this is the perfect time to celebrate one of the most important relationships in your life.
No, we’re not talking about your significant other. We’re talking about your cash management officer, of course! Because, really, where would you be without that person? Struggling with working capital and efficiency, probably.
But your cash management officer, paragon of customer commitment that he/she is, devised the customized and innovative solutions that have helped your business thrive. Good cash management officers are not only interested in winning your business; they’re dedicated to growing your business—engendering your trust and building a relationship of strategic collaboration.
That’s why you should show your heartsy appreciation today for your one and only cash management officer. Whether you send chocolate (we’ll take Lindt, please) or make a card (The Walking Dead style), be sure to thank your CM officer for the incredible benefits he/she bestows upon your business.
Intelligent cash management begins with the efficient collection of receivables. The faster your business receivables are processed, the faster your funds become available, allowing you to put working capital to—where else?—work. Good cash management officers will help you:
How? They’ll provide you with cutting-edge paper-based and electronic receivable services, including:
Automatic Clearing House (ACH) Origination Services - Secure and inexpensive, ACH origination offers improved efficiency and control. It can be used for pre-authorized collections, check conversion and cash concentration.
Lockbox Services - A company-designated post office box maintained and operated by the bank, which improves availability of funds by reducing mail and processing float. Cash is more readily accessible for deposit, investment, disbursement or debt reduction.
Remote Deposit Capture (RDC) - A check scanner that allows business owners to deposit checks into their account from the convenience of their home or office. Save time and enjoy the convenience of depositing checks the same day you receive them, accessing funds more quickly, and instantly viewing check images, deposits, and reports online.
Every relationship requires give and take. And cash management officers make giving so good. They provide comprehensive and customizable payment solutions to increase efficiency, security, information transparency, and reliability:
ACH Origination Services and Wires - Schedule one-time or recurring payments to a single payee or payee group through ACH. Or originate domestic or international wires for disbursements, including direct deposit and vendor payments.
Zero Balance Account (ZBA) - Simplifies the management of funds from multiple accounts. Automatic funding of disbursement accounts or automatic transfers into one centralized account streamline your cash flow and reduce quotidian manual tasks.
The best metaphor we’ve heard to explain cash flow is a bathtub with an open drain. In order to maintain a strong balance sheet, more water needs to be pouring in than draining out. Keeping water in the tub is the foundation of successful cash management. Your CM officer will help ensure that your business has enough cash available to meet all payment needs—as well as those unexpected emergencies.
Cash management solutions offer:
Those strategic, end-to-end solutions include:
ProvidentConnect for Business - With this user-friendly online banking portal, become your own chess master with the control, big-picture perspective, flexibility, and insight to manage the little pieces of your business.
Sweep Investment Accounts - Automates the management of your daily balance to maximize earnings on excess cash or pay down debt.
As we’ve already discussed, the dangers of fraud are pernicious and real. That’s why a good cash management officer will have your back when it comes to security precautions:
ACH Blocked Account – Positive Authorization - Protects your account from unauthorized ACH activity. Only predetermined ACH entities will post to the account.
Positive Pay – Compares checks presented for payment to an issue file by account number, check serial number, and dollar amount. Payee Verification also compares the payee field. This allows you to reject unauthorized payments before incurring loss.
Authentication Tools – Authentication tools use methods ranging from simple to complex, single-factor to multi-factor to verify the identity of a user when logging into an online banking session.
If you’re looking for your own heart-worthy cash management officer, please contact one of ours!
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