Raet and Equens Partner for Transition to SEPA

By Raet And Equens, PRNE
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

AMERSFOORT and UTRECHT, The Netherlands, July 7, 2011 -


Raet, a provider of HR and payroll services in
the IT industry
,and payment
processor Equens SE have announced a partnership that will
facilitate a quick and efficient transition to the Single Euro
Payments Area (SEPA).
Together, Raet and Equens will pilot a
test for the smooth processing of transfer orders in accordance
with SEPA standards.

The pilot will serve as an example to ensure that companies in
the Netherlands are ready before the scheduled end dates, for the
submission and processing of the new European payment products.
Both Raet and Equens have noted that organisations are not
developing sufficient activities to ensure that they will be ready
in time for the implementation of European payments.

The introduction of European payment products will completely
change the technical processing of transactions, through, amongst
other things, the use of new file formats, interfaces and
BICs/IBANs. SEPA Credit Transfer (SCT) and SEPA Direct Debit (SDD)
will replace national payment products such as Overboeking
(transfer) and Incasso (collection). SCT (for salary
payments, etc.) will be introduced on 1 February 2013, and SDD on 1
February 2014

As the market leader, Raet processes the monthly salary and
pension payments for more than 12,500 organisations and more than 2
million people in the Netherlands. This service is characterised by
a high level of reliability, speed and efficiency for current
payments. These benefits are in part attributable to the fact that
Raet, and other similar service providers, only have to submit a
single file to Equens, irrespective of the number of banks
processing the transactions. Additionally, payments are transmitted
via one interface and one secure connection.

The aim of the pilot is to preserve these specific service
characteristics during the migration to SEPA and, where possible,
improve them. The partnership will enable salary and pension
payments to be processed quickly, efficiently and reliably, not
only in the Netherlands, but also throughout Europe. Foreign
branches of companies will also be able to submit payments directly
to Equens, which is not possible in the current situation. As a
result of central and direct delivery, companies will be able to
realise significant annual cost savings.

Cees van den Heijkant, CEO at Raet, commented: “Our organisation
has been preparing our systems for European payments in accordance
with SEPA standards for some time. As a result, we are already in a
position to pilot the exchange of payments in cooperation with
Equens, in accordance with the new European payment standards.”

Michael Steinbach, Chairman of Equens’ Board of Directors,
commented: “We are very happy to be working towards an efficient
transition to the Single Euro Payments Area in cooperation with
Raet by means of this pilot project. The pilot project will make
Raet a clear example for other large Dutch companies. Equens will
use this transition to expand its current technical solution in the
, Directe Aanlevering (direct delivery), to a
European level by offering an equivalent product at the
international level in cooperation with banks: Corporate Payment
Services. This offering will make it very easy for businesses and
organisations to send and receive SEPA payments to and from other
countries through one channel.”


Note for the editorial staff:

About Raet

Choosing a business-orientated HR approach helps organisations
to become more successful. Implementing HR strategy into
daily operations efficiently and effectively using reliable HR
information is an essential part of this process, in which e-HRM is
a vital tool. By optimising the HR processes of its clients using
its advanced HR portal, Raet Online, Raet primarily enables them to
achieve cost and time savings. Furthermore, with Raet Online,
investments in applications, management and maintenance are no
longer necessary. This creates scope for HR strategy and policy. As
the IT industry’s largest provider of HR and payroll solutions,
Raet supports the provision of access to HR information, as well as
analyses and a comprehensive range of key and strategic data, by
means of clear administration and registration. In addition to the
basic HR processes, Raet Online supports absence management,
recruitment and selection, flexible employment conditions, employee
development and training management, enabling businesses to adopt
business-orientated HR practices. As the main sponsor of the Dutch
Association for Personnel Management & Organisation Development
(NVP), Raet also contributes to the development of the field. In
this way, Raet and its 800 staff help more than 12,500
organisations go further in HR.


About Equens

Equens SE is one of the largest payment processors in Europe,
leading the market for future-proof payment and card solutions.
Thanks to an extensive and competitive range of services, the
company seamlessly meets the requirements and wishes of the
European payments market. Equens supports the development of a
single, uniform European payments market (SEPA), and is dedicated
to the standardisation and harmonisation of European and global
payments. With clients and partnerships in multiple European
countries, the company offers pan-European market coverage from
offices in four countries - the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and
Finland. And with an annual processing volume of 9.7 billion
payments and 3.9 billion POS and ATM transactions, Equens SE has a
European market share of more than 12.5%.

For additional information on Equens, please visit www.equens.com or contact: Additional Information, Mariette Verbruggen, Marketing & Communications Manager Raet, Tel +31(0)33-45-06-827, E-mail: mariette.verbruggen at raet.com, Marcel Woutersen, +31(0)30-283-54-27, +31(0)6-29-05-08-71, Annemieke Lambregts, +31(0)30-285-50-27, +31(0)6-50-21-30-91, Jörg Richter, +49(0)69-58-99-93-60362, +49(0)172-6-13-95-97

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