The Impact of Real-Time Payments on Manufacturing Finance

In the realm of manufacturing, financial efficiency and precision are non-negotiable. Manufacturers are constantly seeking innovative solutions to bolster their financial operations. The latest trend that’s taking the industry by storm is the adoption of real-time payments for B2B transactions. This isn’t just a fad; it’s a profound shift in the manufacturing sector’s payment landscape. In this article, we’ll explore how real-time payments, as highlighted in PYMNTS’ recent study in collaboration with The Clearing House, are revolutionizing manufacturing accounts payable and finance.

The Manufacturing Industry’s Embrace of Real-Time Payments:

Recent research, conducted by PYMNTS and The Clearing House, unveiled a fascinating trend within the manufacturing sector. This study confirms that over 99% of manufacturing firms have chosen real-time payments for at least one B2B transaction in the past year. It’s clear that manufacturers are increasingly leaning toward this efficient, secure, and immediate payment method.

Key Insights from the Study:

1. Expanding the Real-Time Payment Horizon:

According to the research, 59% of manufacturing firms are gearing up to extend their use of real-time payments, both for making and receiving B2B payments. This expansion heralds a new era of fast, streamlined transactions within the manufacturing sector.

2. The Power of Collaborations:

The report underscores that 87% of manufacturers are planning to innovate and enhance their real-time payment capabilities in the coming year. What’s intriguing is that many of these manufacturing companies are open to collaborating with industry giants such as PayPal and Stripe to elevate their payment offerings. Partnerships are set to play a pivotal role in advancing the strategies of real-time payments, making them more accessible and secure.

3. Nurturing Supplier Relationships:

Real-time payments aren’t just about speed; they are also instrumental in nurturing stronger relationships with suppliers. The study found that most manufacturing firms now consider real-time payments as a cornerstone for building more robust and fruitful relationships with their suppliers. The ability to make prompt, on-time payments further underscores the appeal of real-time payments for B2B transactions.

4. The Ascendancy of Real-Time Payments:

The study’s data indicates a significant upsurge in the adoption of real-time payments in the manufacturing sector. An impressive 59% of manufacturers are committed to increasing their use of real-time payments for making B2B payments, while 44% are eyeing them for receiving payments. Strikingly, none of the firms surveyed have any intentions of scaling back. Interestingly, those manufacturers who currently use real-time payments the least are the most enthusiastic about ramping up their adoption.


The manufacturing sector is in the throes of a transformation in its B2B payments landscape, largely driven by the surge in real-time payments. To stay competitive, manufacturers must align with this evolving ecosystem. For those who are yet to formulate a robust payment strategy, it’s time to reevaluate their priorities and explore collaborations with real-time payment providers.

Real-time payments are more than just a convenience; they are a strategic advantage in the world of manufacturing finance. By embracing this evolution, you’ll not only streamline your manufacturing accounts payable but also foster more resilient supplier relationships, catapulting your business toward success. To delve deeper into how real-time payments are rewriting the rules of B2B relationships in the manufacturing industry, download the full report. Don’t miss the boat in the ever-changing landscape of manufacturing finance.

Matthew Kirkpatrick

Matthew Kirkpatrick

Matthew Kirkpatrick is a Vice President of Business Development at Paymerang. Matthew is married with four kids and loves to travel with his wife Adrienne – Mexico and Florence are two of his favorite destinations so far. In his spare time, he likes to coach his kids, play golf and try foods from different cultures. As a former collegiate athlete and coach, he enjoys the transferable skills from the world of athletics to business. Matthew is passionate about Paymerang mainly because of two things – the company culture, which is diverse, inclusive and collaborative and the way he gets to save time and money for organizations so they can focus more on strategic projects.