Host-to-host connection migrates to SWIFT in APAC
As Bacardi grew its business in Asia Pacific, it built banking relationships and accounts in an increasing number of different markets, which limited the company’s visibility over cash as well as its ability to deploy funds effectively across the globe.
In 2016, Bacardi addressed the challenge by establishing a streamlined account structure and liquidity management solution which allowed the firm to consolidate its banking relationships and rationalise accounts across the region.
As a next step, Bacardi wanted to leverage SWIFT to standardise transaction formats, protocols and processes through a single, reliable platform. Given that its project and technical teams were based in the US, Bacardi further worked with J.P. Morgan to migrate its host-to-host connectivity to SWIFT for its APAC operations.
With the help of the bank’s deep expertise in implementing SWIFT connectivity, Bacardi was able to migrate its host-to-host connectivity to SWIFT through leveraging a secure financial exchange platform through SWIFTNet FileAct and applying the ISO 20022 XML standards. The solution enabled Bacardi to:
- Initiate payments using PAIN.001 Credit Transfer message.
- Receive confirmation reports in PAIN.002 Payment Status report format.
- Generate automated end-of-day bank statements using SWIFT MT940 module.
Mark Smith, Vice President, Global Tax and Treasury explains, “Through a systematic project workflow and regular communications conducted between our global IT team in the US and the bank’s regional client service and implementation teams, we have successfully migrated our host-to-host system to SWIFT for our Global Treasury Team in Bermuda and three key markets in China, India and Australia, in just two months.”
Best practice and innovation
As part of its treasury transformation, Bacardi wanted to incorporate best in class solutions and practices to drive greater efficiencies. As the firm’s treasury, project and technical teams were based in the US, Bacardi worked closely with its regional banking partner to centrally manage the project from APAC and provide support from an advisory and implementation perspective.
Weekly calls were conducted between Bacardi’s global technical team in the US and the bank’s client service and implementation teams in APAC to confirm the scope and requirements of the system migration, before moving onto connectivity testing in a full user acceptance testing (UAT) environment. With a systematic approach and workflow in place, Bacardi was able to complete the implementation of SWIFT for its key markets in APAC within an aggressive two-month period.