Standard Chartered and SAP Ariba target Asian supply chains
Standard Chartered Bank and software company SAP Ariba have announced a strategic collaboration to make the bank’s financial supply chain solutions accessible to businesses in the Asia Pacific region through Ariba Network, the digital business network that connects more than 4.2 million companies in 190 countries.
By the end of 2019, buyers using Ariba Network will be able to seamlessly manage their payments and supply chain finance needs with the SAP Ariba digital platform, while suppliers will get quicker access to financing and foreign exchange via Standard Chartered’s global network. The collaboration is intended to accelerate the digitalisation of the entire supply chain, with a view to improving efficiency, transparency and accuracy for buyers and suppliers alike.
Standard Chartered and SAP Ariba say that they are committed to supporting sustainable economic growth and making financing more accessible to companies by connecting business communities and facilitating increased commerce across the globe.
“Our goal is to make life easier for our clients and their ecosystems, and as their businesses evolve, so do we,” said Lisa Robins, global head of Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered. “We are delighted to collaborate with SAP Ariba to support our clients throughout their procure-to-pay lifecycles and beyond. As we embrace open banking, we connect communities across our footprint and provide access to integrated solutions that enable our clients to grow their businesses sustainably.”
“Customers expect the procure-to-pay process to be easy, efficient, comprehensive and seamless, and rightly so,” said Sean Thompson, senior vice president, Business Network and Ecosystem, SAP Ariba and SAP Fieldglass. “We are thrilled to welcome Standard Chartered into our ever-expanding ecosystem to deliver financing options that enhance value for our customers, allowing them to complete the procure-to-pay process end-to-end on a single platform.”