Articles tagged with:
supply chain management

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    Why knowing your supply chain could save you money

    The argument for knowing more about your supply chain isn’t just about corporate social responsibility. For treasurers, a more persuasive point might be that this information could help them reduce customs liabilities and improve tax performance and efficiency. Here, we talk to Brian Staples, Founder at Trade Facilitation Services, about what corporates can do to get the best of both worlds.

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    Can you trace your supply chain? Probably not

    Recent scandals have highlighted how it is in a company’s best interest to keep a close eye on where the goods it buys come from. But given that most have limited resources to devote to this task, platforms designed to monitor ethical risks in supply chains might be worth a close look.

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    SCF: incumbents vs disrupters

    The battle between the banks and the fintech disrupters for a bigger share of the global supply chain finance business is heating up. Both have invested heavily in their platforms over recent years. But who has got the solutions treasurers are really coveting?

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    Online boom creates profit compression

    The multichannel shopping experience has been gaining traction for some time now and as a result, retailers are facing fierce competition and compressed profit margins in the challenge to deliver. With recent developments such as Sainsburys’ takeover of Home Retail in an attempt to broaden its customer base and gain access to a vast distribution network, we reflect on observations from a recent Fitch Ratings’ Credit Outlook Conference outlining the retail sector environment.

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    Blockchain sets sights on commodities trade

    Blockchain technology is set to deliver transparency and visibility to the movement of physical commodities in the supply chain as a new prototype application gathers momentum. Integration with the trade finance function could be the next step.

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    Trading places

    The last two decades have seen a seismic shift in global trade corridors. Where once trade was conducted primarily between developed western nations; today, emerging markets, and more specifically Asia, are now at the heart of those flows. So with trading relationships extending further afield and encompassing a broader range of companies than ever before, what has the impact been on international treasurers?

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    Centralising supply chain management

    Corporates around the world will be familiar with centralised treasury structures and the creation of regional treasury centres. Yet, for the most part, sales and procurement remain activities conducted at a local level. Could a switch to a centralised approach offer greater value?

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    Payment terms: regulation on the horizon?

    At a recent supply chain finance event hosted by technology provider Taulia, (unfair) corporate payment terms were hotly debated. And, more importantly, how – if best practice is not adopted – governments may be forced to regulate.

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    What’s on the cards?

    Use of corporate cards is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, with more and more companies in the mid-market space embracing cards. What is driving this trend and when is the right time to get on board?

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    Plastic fantastic: corporate cards

    Use of corporate cards continues to grow across Asia, with interest in strategic procurement augmenting demand for solutions for more frequent, lower-value payments. Here, we examine the latest developments in the corporate cards market and analyse where – and for whom – they work best.