Matthew Dragiff Vice President, Product Management SunGard AvantGard Payment Services
Check printing is expensive. It is time consuming, labor intensive, and comes with the added costs associated with paper stock, ink, and postage. There is no doubt that migrating to electronic payments can reduce costs and improve operational efficiencies.
I often get asked though, what is the return on investment (ROI) for migrating checks to an electronics payments process? Here is an example.
An average sized corporation processing 2,500 checks per month with an average cost of $1.51 per check can expect the following benefits:
- With a 50% migration to ACH, the corporation could save about $1,575 per month, or $18,900 per year.
- Even better, a corporation with an average check amount of $1,100 that migrates just 25% of its paper checks to virtual cards can expect immediate cost savings of $944, along with a monthly rebate of $8,594, yielding a monthly net difference of $9,538, or $114,456 per year.
The costs savings of migrating to ACH alone are significant, but the additional revenue a corporation can earn by migrating just a portion of their checks to a virtual card program is staggering.
Corporations can also feel good about these cost savings and the additional revenue because they are also helping the environment. In the same scenario as above, in which a corporation has saved tens of thousands of dollars, the elimination of thousands of printed checks and paper envelopes also saves trees, water, gasoline, greenhouse gases, and more. It’s not every day that a corporation can save and earn money while also helping to sustain our environment.
You can actually input your current payments processing costs into this ROI calculator to determine how much your corporation can save each month by switching from paper checks to ACH, how much you can earn by migrating paper checks to a virtual card program, and how you can help the environment.
I encourage you to check out this calculator and share your ROI scenario with me.