New Study Reveals the Struggles that Many Businesses Face in Getting Paid During the COVID-19 Pandemic

New Study Reveals the Struggles that Many Businesses Face in Getting Paid During the COVID-19 Pandemic

PR Newswire

LONDON, Nov. 17, 2020

96% of businesses are waiting on outstanding payments for 10+ days

LONDON, Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- 96% of businesses have had outstanding payments for 10+ days over the last year, according to a new Forrester Consulting study1 commissioned by GoCardless, a leading fintech for recurring payments. The study, 'Rethink Your Payment Strategy To Save Your Customers And Bottom Line', examines how companies can use recurring payments2 solutions to boost their payments strategy, shorten DSO (Days Sales Outstanding), and protect their bottom line.

Forrester surveyed 700 payment decision-makers in organisations that serve a mix of businesses and consumers, or business customers only. The results highlight the extent to which lengthy DSOs and failed payments can impact customer churn and bad debt.

The study found that having a high DSO is a key operational challenge for many businesses. While only 4% of businesses have a DSO of less than 10 days, the research shows four out of five businesses have wait times of 20-30 days to receive payments. In addition to this, almost half (47%) of businesses say that the time taken to collect their accounts receivables has increased in the last 12 months - this demonstrates the struggle for many businesses to get paid in the current challenging environment of COVID-19.

Another key finding is that failed payments continue to impact customer churn. In the UK, on average, failed payments result in churn 11%-15% of the time. A Forrester Consulting study found that 50% of firms experienced payment failures for 7% or more of their payments in the last 12 months, and two in three businesses surveyed are seeing failed payments turn into churn more than 10% of the time. This can negatively impact customer relationships, with over half (54%) of decision-makers surveyed saying that payment failures lead to an increase in customer dissatisfaction.

Payment failures are also costly and labour-intensive for businesses to collect, with the average B2B business spending 16%-20% of the payment value to recover it. Half (51%) of the businesses surveyed said that failed payments led to an increased cost of recovery, while 45% of businesses say that payment failures turn into bad debt.

Hiroki Takeuchi, CEO, GoCardless said: "Forrester consulting findings demonstrate exactly why payments are high leverage. There are clear connections between failed payments and negative business impacts such as bad debt, churn and customer dissatisfaction. In this environment in particular, firms recognise the importance of recurring payment solutions that optimise their payment strategy and prevent failure, to avoid increased costs and damaging customer relationships. That's why we developed Success+, which helps businesses efficiently recover an average of 76% of failed payments."

Further findings include:

About GoCardless

GoCardless is a global leader in recurring payments. The GoCardless global payments network and technology platform takes the pain out of getting paid for more than 55,000 businesses worldwide, from multinational corporations to small businesses. Each year GoCardless processes US$15bn of payments across more than 30 countries. GoCardless is headquartered in the UK, with additional offices in Australia, France, Germany, and the United States.

For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @GoCardless.

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  1. A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting,  'Rethink Your Payment Strategy To Save Your Customers And Bottom Line' published November, 2020
    Surveyed 700 decision makers serving B2B & B2C from organisations with $100m turnover.
  2. Instalments, invoices and subscriptions
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