American Express Company ( AXP Quick Quote AXP - Free Report) recently introduced a business-to-business (B2B) payments solution named Amex Business Link, which is presently used by more than 500 business clients across five countries.
The digital platform is powered by reporting and reconciliation tools. It can also establish links with API-enabled customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
American Express’ platform aims to aid third-party issuing and acquiring participants in its network as they cater to their business clients. Network participants are relieved from the previously incurred costs related to the digital onboarding of buyers and suppliers.
Further, the participants can extend lending solutions that enables them to avail working capital by buyers and suppliers. The platform also offers network participants access to a greater number of commercial clients across American Express' network.
The Amex Business Link also promises to benefit buyers and suppliers, irrespective of their scale of business. Seamless buying and selling coupled with easy management of domestic and cross-border payments are some of the benefits of the newly launched platform. Moreover, it also empowers buyers and suppliers to accept payments made through diversified modes such as card, wire and check.
The new platform is indicative of American Express’ continuous efforts to bring about speedier B2B payments. It also marks yet another investment of AXP as part of its customer acquisition, engagement and retention initiatives. An extremely useful platform like the Amex Business Link might intrigue customers to avail the solution and thereby, bolster AXP’s customer base.
In an evolving digital era wherein businesses are compelled to infuse digitization into their operations, the decision to roll out Amex Business Link is aptly timed. American Express is not content with simply launching digital payment solutions. Simultaneously, the company also has effective fraud prevention services in place that have been developed with the help of partnerships and investments. Digitization, inspite of its comfort and ease, leads to considerable cybercrimes. Thereby, AXP has secured payment rails boasting the lowest fraud rates for its network participants.
Shares of American Express have inched up 1% in a year against the
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AXP currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the
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