- SAP, a German software giant, is apparently testing cross-border payments using Circle’s USDC stablecoin.
- The organisation is attempting to address the difficulties that businesses experience when sending funds overseas.
In today’s globalized world, businesses face numerous challenges when it comes to cross-border payments. Issues such as high fees, slow transaction times, and complexities associated with traditional banking systems can create hurdles for companies operating on an international scale.
However, a new solution has emerged to address these pain points and offer a streamlined payment experience. SAP clients are now embracing USDC (USD Coin) from Circle, a digital currency built on blockchain technology, to revolutionize cross-border transactions.
SAP, the leading German software company, has revealed its utilization of US Dollar Coin (USDC) to conduct trials for cross-border payments. Circle integrated campaigns director, Peter Schroeder, expressed his enthusiasm for this development, emphasizing its significance.
SAP acknowledges the challenges faced by small and mid-sized enterprises when transferring funds internationally and believes that blockchain technology and digital money can provide a solution.
USDC, being a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar, offers stability in value. This move by SAP aims to simplify the process of sending money overseas and streamline cross-border transactions using blockchain technology and USDC.
SAP clients can receive the cryptocurrency as “play money” in self-custody wallets to pay a sample invoice in a free test drive of the project to “experience how fast, affordable, and reliable cross-border payments will look like.”
However, because it runs on a test network rather than the main Ethereum blockchain and does not contain real tokens, the funds cannot be spent in the real world.
It is important to note that SAP clients who have been leveraging US Dollar Coin (USDC) for cross-border payments may be affected by the recent crackdown on stablecoins. Regulatory scrutiny and increased legal actions surrounding stablecoins, including USDC, could potentially impact SAP clients utilizing this digital currency.
“Cross-border payments are a hassle for many small and mid-sized enterprises with integration business partners,” said Sissi Ruthe of SAP. “Digital Money as a means of settlement and Blockchain as the technology that underlies it can address these significant issues.
As part of the “Test Drive,” SAP will create a testnet using simulated USDC for participants to gain hands-on experience with the settlement process of stablecoins. This initiative aims to provide a practical demonstration of how seamless and straightforward cross-border payments can be in the future with the use of digital money.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore and understand the mechanics of stablecoin settlement through this simulated environment, showcasing the potential benefits and ease of conducting cross-border transactions using digital currencies.