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Is RBC PayEdge the Right AP Tool for Canadian Businesses?

Discover what RBC PayEdge offers, its origins, features, and limitations, and determine if it's worth the investment solely for Accounts Payable.

In this article, we'll dive into what RBC PayEdge is, how it came to be, its features and services, and the platform's limitations. We'll also discuss if it's truly worth spending thousands of dollars on a tool solely for Accounts Payable.

What is RBC PayEdge?

RBC PayEdge is an accounts payable platform that automates payments to suppliers and is one of the offerings from RBC to Canadian businesses. It can be used by   business of any size, even if they are not an RBC banking client.

In 2019, RBC acquired WayPay, a cloud-based payments fintech from Burlington, offering a solution for accounts payable automation. Originally launched in 2014, WayPay allowed businesses to connect to accounts payables platforms like Xero, Sage, and QuickBooks so they could automatically view, pay, and reconcile approved bills and invoices.

Six years since the acquisition, nothing has really changed with the application. Not even a minor advancement or upgrade. RBC did not take any steps to improve or upgrade the platform but merely rebranded it as RBC PayEdge and added it to their list of services.

Features and Services from PayEdge:

PayEdge primarily offers Accounts Payable (AP) features, including managing new payments, importing bills, handling outstanding payables, and transfers. Additionally, it manages all supplier information associated with these bills. RBC PayEdge currently supports direct API connectivity with three cloud-based accounting platforms such as QuickBooks Online (QBO), Xero, and Sage Accounting.

Limitations of RBC PayEdge

RBC PayEdge has several limitations that make it a bothersome tool for users:

  • Slow and Outdated UI: The platform is very slow. The user interface is outdated and poorly designed.
  • Lagging Tech: The technology is unresponsive and lags behind modern standards.
  • High Pricing: The pricing can be too high for Canadian SMB's to use the system to its fullest capabilities. With PayEdge, the average the costs could be $1 per domestic payment and $16 for Wire Transfers.

Here is the detailed pricing information from PayEdge:

  • Unfavorable Exchange Rates: The exchange rates are not favorable with RBC and companies end up paying a fortune for the poor service offerings and clunky software.

Is it worth paying so much for an outdated and clunky accounts payable tool? Can PayEdge be used as an accounts receivable platform?

Definitely, not. PayEdge does not provide unique accounts to receive funds (CAD, USD or any other currency) from customers, vendors, or others. It is only an accounts payable platform with significant limitations and no accounts receivable capabilities.

Meet Finofo: A truly Global AP/AR Platform

Finofo is a robust alternative to RBC PayEdgeand RBC business banking. Beyond the unfavorable exchange rates with RBC, hereis a quick comparison between the tools-

For businesses that sell internationally,Finofo acts as a seamless receivables platform. We provide unique accountdetails in different currencies and locations, enabling your customers to payyou easily. This makes your business operate like a local player, receivingfunds locally.

With Finofo’s accounts payable capabilities, you can connectyour accounting software, streamline your bills, and send faster payments toglobal suppliers using real-time rails.

Avoid the limitations of RBC PayEdge and enjoy a seamless, efficient, and cost-effective global AP/AR experience with Finofo.

Get started with Finofo today!