Why isn’t same day banking catching on?

News   •   May 08, 2014 14:50 GMT

There has been a buzz for a while about same day banking, yet it doesn’t seem to quite catch on, why?

Let’s start with what same day banking is. Let’s say you own a store, restaurant or another business where a part of your daily revenue is cash. You want that cash in your bank account as quickly as possible. The sooner it gets into your bank account, the better cash flow and the more interest for you. Same day banking technology moves the money from the safe in your business to the bank account, usually the same day.

In today’s reality, the money is picked up by a company and transported to a cash center. Once there, the cash is counted and credited to your bank account, a procedure that takes a day or two at best. This means that you, the business owner, who got paid by a customer on a Monday won’t see the money on the account until Friday. That doesn’t make for great cash flow, does it?

A smarter way of doing this is to credit the money in your safe to the bank account. There are solutions in the market for this. Our Presidio solution is one. All cash is tracked and kept safe until it is picked up by the transport company. The information stored in the software could easily be transferred to stakeholders such as banks and transporters and be credited while still in the safe.

This is not the case today though and the question is why. My bet is interest. By moving money quicker between institutions the opportunity of earnings on interest is diminished for the various stakeholders. So there is a natural inertia in the change process as the stakeholders try to find new ways of recreating the value they lose as the interest disappears.

There is no doubt that same day banking is in the best interest of you, the business owner. And I think it’s time to put the pressure on banks and other stakeholders to accommodate their customers – you – in a more efficient way.

So which bank will be the first to move? Are there any trailblazers out there or is status quo as good as it gets?

Magnus Bäckström
VP Solution Management