Accuity 2018 Payments Report Finds Banks Embracing Automation to Deliver Accurate Payments and a Better Customer Experience

October 23, 2018         By: Payment Week

SYDNEY – 08.00 AEDT, 23 OCTOBER 2018 – According to the Accuity “2018 Payments Industry Report” released today, payments providers are more focused on streamlining and automating the validation of bank and payment information in order to reduce payment failures and create a more trusted and transparent experience.

Findings from the survey of over 100 financial institutions and payment providers revealed that against a backdrop of growing and increasingly complex cross-border payment volumes, the majority say they provide customers with the validation of key payments data elements prior to remittance, and many have invested significantly to automate this process. Moreover, over one third of respondents claimed that their customers expected their payments provider to complete such validations on their behalf, and bear the costs of payments failure.


Sarkis Akmakjian, Senior Director at Accuity, said: “In the digital, real-time economy, customers now insist that payment providers send payments at a lower cost, into more markets, and with greater certainty. The findings demonstrate that the industry is responding to this challenge by embracing technology that facilitates pre-validation services and seamless payment processing.”

The report also disclosed that over half (52 percent) of payment providers experience payment failure rates of less than one percent, and almost all respondents (90 percent) cite a payments failure rate under five percent. This is attributable to the way in which payment processors have embraced new technologies to differentiate themselves from other players in this increasingly competitive market. The trend indicates firms have pivoted to focus more on customer satisfaction and are now delivering the fast, accurate and reliable payments demanded by their clients.

However, despite the low payment failure rates, payment providers reported a rise in the overall cost of failed payments, with more than a third of firms reporting an average fee of more than $30 USD, while over 20 percent reported an average $40-50 USD failure charge. It is likely that these figures are a result of banks’ increased diligence in assessing and passing on fees, driven by tighter margins. The broader geographical disbursement of payment systems could also be contributing to payment failures in jurisdictions where payment systems are not as familiar.

Driven by competitive pressures of the current market, 93 percent of firms cited maintaining their reputation and relationships with customers as a top priority in 2018. Similarly, 87 percent of respondents stated that minimising the risk and exposure of failed payments was a key priority, as this would enable them to build greater trust with customers.


Sarkis Akmakjian said, “The adoption of new technology has the ability to reduce friction, and ultimately cost, in the payment process, but more importantly it is enabling payment providers to become more customer centric. The significant shift towards automation is key to meeting the dual-fold challenge of keeping up with the pace of regulation, while simultaneously winning customer satisfaction.”

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