The Essence Of Online Over The Traditional Based Approach For Bills Payable & Receivables

Sundeep Mohindru, Founder & CEO, M1Xchange A chartered accountant by profession with more than 18 years of experience in Consulting, audit, and finance, Sundeep is the Founder Director of Mynd Solutions

A fabricator supplying goods to a White goods manufacturer receive payments as per credit terms, normally in range of 90 days from delivery of goods to the manufacturer. Fabricator normally has a manufacturing time lead of 45 days and has to invest in cost of production for 45 days. The total working capital requirement therefore required to deliver the output is in range of 135 days cost of production. This working capital is managed by the fabricator from working capital bank, basis his good will and collateral he can furnish. The collateral always falls short of loan equirements and therefore he has to manage his working capital partly from bank and partly borrowing from private sources. Rate of interest offered by bank to MSME is in range of 10-12 percent p.a., and from private borrowers in range of 15-18 percent p.a. By getting his invoices discounted on M1Xchange, MSME fabricator will get his full payment on delivery of goods and services to white goods manufacturer, thereby reducing working capital requirement from 135 days to 45 days approximately. The rate of interest charged for discounting the invoice is in range of 8-10 percent p.a. which is at least 4-5 percent lower than his average current borrowing cost. Also, he reduces the risk of collection of sales proceeds from White goods manufacturer by getting his invoice discounted.

The premise of the M1Xchange is based on ‘connected’ supply chain is to break the silos between the functions(MSME fabricator, White goods manufacturer and financier – Bank) and interconnect them in order to improve visibility of the product as it moves in the supply chain from sourcing of raw materials to consumption of the final product and its cash flow.

Optimizing Resources to Increase the Efficiency of an Organization
TReDS being a digital platform enhances the speed of making the finance available to MSMEs PAN India, and the decision making by the financier is simplified as the
transaction between buyer and supplier is transparently reflected on the platform.

The major advantage of being an online national exchange is centralised System, which facilitates Buyer,Supplier & Financier to come on same the platform with one agreement binding all stake holders. The approval of invoice by buyer enhances transparency of transaction and their commitment. The ease of use is very high for the financiers as trail of the transaction is online and involvement of manual labour is limited to approving the transaction on the exchange. The connect with the customer is online, thereby reduces the time for financing transaction to few minutes in a day. This being cost effective also provides financiers access to a MSME client base without any additional cost and infrastructure for on boarding.

"Traditional business models are re-discovering themselves with usage of technology and on same lines the customer is more informed and smart

We infer that, ‘connectedness’ is synonym to the word ‘online’. Efficiency in the organisation is bound to increase where all the parties are connected on an online platform performing their tasks with transparency.

Creating Disruption in the Industry
Here are some advantages of online national exchange for receivable and payable –
1. Minimum cost
2. Much faster turnaround than unconventional supply chain financing facilities
3. No manual paperwork for transaction
4. Security of digital platform
5. Minimise the duplicate payments and other operational risks
6. Can be integrated with ERP systems and avoid manual processes

TReDS is going to disrupt the MSME ecosystem, as the exchange allows MSMEs to post their receivables on the electronic platform and get them financed. This will not only give them access to finance but also de-risk their business.

As an automated system driven platform, TReDS is expected to benefit MSMEs by facilitating them to auction their trade receivables at competitive market rates through transparent bidding process on the platform by multiple financiers. This will help not only quick realization of receivables but also appropriate price discovery.

The Future of Online Platforms
Globally the phenomena of transacting business have changed. Online process has connected the buyer and seller transparently. The speed of business, cost of doing business has come down with a simultaneous expansion in reach to customers. The change in human behaviour has already happened and we are going to see exciting times ahead with this change. Traditional business models are re-discovering themselves with usage of technology and on same lines the customer is more informed and smart.

The companies shall be open to adapt to newer processes and technologies and be with the time to remain competitive. They should partner with robust service providers to ensure smooth transition.

SMEs are the backbone of our economy for growth and employment. We are proud to contribute in the vision of Government of India for promotion of MSME and support the development of Nation.