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Two-Thirds of Manufacturers Plan More Real-Time Payments Features Within 12 Months


The pivot toward real-time payments is sweeping what might be the most “smokestack” of the some-stack verticals within the economy.

That would be manufacturing, of course.

As reported in the report “Corporate Changes in Payment Practices: A Deep Dive Into the Manufacturing Sector,” a PYMNTS and The Clearing House collaboration, we found that a vast majority of manufacturers are on the verge, or actively embracing, real-time payments.

Speedier payments have the benefit of improving buyer-supplier dynamics, and can improve cash flow visibility up and down supply chains. Real-time payments account for 15% of outbound and 14% of inbound business-to-business (B2B) transactions by manufacturers. And in a macro environment where the certainty of cash flow is a key line of defense against the impact of unplanned expenses and emergencies — and meeting demand — adoption will only increase.

As for the better relationships forged between buyers and suppliers: Among manufacturers that make B2B payments, 91% cited this as an important reason to use real-time payments, and 84% of those that receive payments said the same. About 71% of manufacturers state that convenience is a key factor for making real-time payments a part of their operational considerations. And roughly 40% of manufacturers state that real time payments remain a top innovation priority for their companies.


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