What is Purchase Order Funding?
Purchase order finance bridges the gap between order and payment and has the advantage of being faster and easier to obtain than a traditional bank loan. A purchase order loan is based on the creditworthiness of your buyer (customer) and your business.
- Is designed specifically to help wholesalers and distributors who resell products to commercial customers
- Is used by companies who need funds to pay suppliers
- Helps companies grow past their financial limitations
Businesses in South Africa often face problems when they try to secure large orders from new customers. Competing for new business is a difficult process in itself since customers are constantly looking for the lowest price. Another challenge is getting the capital to buy supplies or products to deliver on the new orders.
Your SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) may be in a position where it is not able to fulfil a customer’s order because it does not have the materials in stock or the cash to acquire them. When this happens, the business risks losing both the order and the customer. That’s where purchase order finance can help.
Purchase order funding (otherwise known as Tender Finance) in South Africa has become a popular way to finance a company that has received a large purchase order from a customer. This is one step before the invoice is generated.
What is a Purchase Order?
A purchase order (also known as a PO) is a document that is used to record the goods or services that a company wants to buy and the price that it will pay for the goods. This official document is used to keep track of the purchasing process.
A purchase order is often used when one company wants to buy goods from another company. The buyer will send a purchase order to the seller and ask them to provide all of the details about what they want and how much they are willing to pay for it. Once this information has been received, the seller can then decide whether or not they want to do business with them.
It's legally binding
When an organisation accepts a PO, it becomes a legally binding contract.
They help companies grow
If you feel you are facing financial limitations, then Purchase Order Funding can help you get funds to pay suppliers. This business loan is designed specifically to help wholesalers and distributors who resell products to commercial customers.
Alternative Lenders at your call
A lot of SMEs don’t have a long-standing trading history or capital to procure goods on behalf of their customer. The need for tender financing arose when there was an obvious gap with financial assistance for small businesses.
These SMEs were unable to fulfil the purchase orders that were awarded to them and thus needed business funding. Alternative lenders look at the purchase order and credit history.