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Extend & BMO - Building businesses through payment innovation across North America

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Virtual cards mean endless possibilities for small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and it seems these companies know it. According to a recent Juniper Research report, virtual card charge volume is expected to more than triple by 2027, with business payments accounting for most of the spending. However, even though the demand for more innovative payment solutions continues to rise, a notable accessibility gap persists in the industry. Both consumers and large enterprises have been traditionally well served, but small and mid-market businesses (SMBs) remain hungry for payment innovation that fits their needs. Many SMBs want flexibility, simplicity, security, and stability - AND they want to keep the bank they already know and trust. Delivering on that demand starts with making virtual cards a feature of every company card in circulation, globally, and in localized experiences. We’re moving closer toward that goal with our recent announcement from our new partner bank, Bank of Montreal (BMO)

Extend goes international, enters Canada with newest partner

As we recently announced, Bank of Montreal (BMO) is joining Extend in this effort by adding new payment functionalities to its Corporate Card program. As the first issuer to provide Extend capabilities in Canada, BMO is bringing virtual card distribution and better spend management to its commercial clients across North America. Through this collaboration, BMO offers its customers the ability to create, distribute, and manage virtual cards, allowing them to solve many of the spend management challenges SMBs face, like empowering employees, paying vendors, tracking spending, automating reconciliation, and simplifying bookkeeping. This can all be easily done via the Extend for BMO app, which users can access in both English and French on iOS, Android, and the web. 

Better spend management across borders, in your local language

Offering Extend to BMO’s Commercial clients has been an opportunity to pave the way to global payment innovation across borders and in multiple languages and currencies.

By registering and using Extend, SMBs can immediately gain an array of capabilities from their existing cards, like issuing unlimited virtual cards, setting spend limits and expiration dates, and added visibility to reduce friction and fuel better spend management in their businesses. 

Additionally, tech-savvy businesses can bring these capabilities to life in their own business applications with Extend's customizable API. Businesses can streamline finance processes and optimize core business functions by employing instant transaction matching, strict security controls, and high-volume virtual card issuance support. With less friction in their existing systems, finance leaders can close the books confidently and quickly every month. 

Danielle Mazzurco, Senior Manager, North American Corporate Card Products at BMO, told us, "Our ability to provide Extend virtual card capabilities to our existing clients fulfills a milestone toward payment innovation at BMO. We look forward to hitting even more milestones as this initiative expands, empowering our entire customer base to digitize and automate finance processes through the Extend for BMO app."

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Get the details on Extend for BMO here. 

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Extend & BMO - Building businesses through payment innovation across North America

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Andrew Jamison
CEO, Co-founder
Virtual Card Spend
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Virtual cards mean endless possibilities for small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and it seems these companies know it. According to a recent Juniper Research report, virtual card charge volume is expected to more than triple by 2027, with business payments accounting for most of the spending. However, even though the demand for more innovative payment solutions continues to rise, a notable accessibility gap persists in the industry. Both consumers and large enterprises have been traditionally well served, but small and mid-market businesses (SMBs) remain hungry for payment innovation that fits their needs. Many SMBs want flexibility, simplicity, security, and stability - AND they want to keep the bank they already know and trust. Delivering on that demand starts with making virtual cards a feature of every company card in circulation, globally, and in localized experiences. We’re moving closer toward that goal with our recent announcement from our new partner bank, Bank of Montreal (BMO)

Extend goes international, enters Canada with newest partner

As we recently announced, Bank of Montreal (BMO) is joining Extend in this effort by adding new payment functionalities to its Corporate Card program. As the first issuer to provide Extend capabilities in Canada, BMO is bringing virtual card distribution and better spend management to its commercial clients across North America. Through this collaboration, BMO offers its customers the ability to create, distribute, and manage virtual cards, allowing them to solve many of the spend management challenges SMBs face, like empowering employees, paying vendors, tracking spending, automating reconciliation, and simplifying bookkeeping. This can all be easily done via the Extend for BMO app, which users can access in both English and French on iOS, Android, and the web. 

Better spend management across borders, in your local language

Offering Extend to BMO’s Commercial clients has been an opportunity to pave the way to global payment innovation across borders and in multiple languages and currencies.

By registering and using Extend, SMBs can immediately gain an array of capabilities from their existing cards, like issuing unlimited virtual cards, setting spend limits and expiration dates, and added visibility to reduce friction and fuel better spend management in their businesses. 

Additionally, tech-savvy businesses can bring these capabilities to life in their own business applications with Extend's customizable API. Businesses can streamline finance processes and optimize core business functions by employing instant transaction matching, strict security controls, and high-volume virtual card issuance support. With less friction in their existing systems, finance leaders can close the books confidently and quickly every month. 

Danielle Mazzurco, Senior Manager, North American Corporate Card Products at BMO, told us, "Our ability to provide Extend virtual card capabilities to our existing clients fulfills a milestone toward payment innovation at BMO. We look forward to hitting even more milestones as this initiative expands, empowering our entire customer base to digitize and automate finance processes through the Extend for BMO app."

Learn more 

Get the details on Extend for BMO here. 

About the author

Andrew Jamison

CEO, Co-founder

Andrew is the CEO and Co-Founder of Extend. Prior to starting Extend, Andrew was the head of B2B Corporate Payments Products at American Express with a mandate to drive digital payment innovation and adoption. Over the course of six years, he doubled B2B payment volumes by launching and scaling new capabilities and platforms. Prior to American Express, Andrew spent eight years managing global SAP deployments for large multinational corporations.

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