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Gold goes to Metso in 2017 Supply Chain Finance Awards

By |November 29th, 2017|

Metso Corporation wins top award at 2017 Supply Chain Finance Awards which recognised innovators and named Robert Barnes SCF Leader of the Year.

Key highlights and case studies of SCF Forum 2017

By |November 29th, 2017|

The fifth annual Supply Chain Finance Forum is now over with innovation being a key watchword. Read the highlights and case studies here.

  • Michiel Steeman

Viewpoint: Growth and change are this year’s SCF brushstrokes

By |November 20th, 2017|

The latest SCF Barometer supports our experience that supply chain finance is growing and changing - an indicator of how it and the profession are maturing.

Viewpoint: The delusion of extending payment terms

By |November 6th, 2017|

Corporates that extend their payment terms to suppliers without offering a supply chain finance facility will eventually pay the price, says Prof Lisa Ellram.

  • Taulia CEO Cedric Bru

Exclusive interview: How $20m helps Taulia focus its mind on A.I.

By |November 23rd, 2017|

Taulia CEO Cedric Bru says how recent equity issues have brought in strategic investors and funded the development of an artificial intelligence product.

Data, regulations and education: Pillars of working capital strategy

By |November 7th, 2017|

A discussion of the challenges with data and benchmarking, new UK rules, implementing SCF and the findings of the latest Lloyds Bank Working Capital Index.

Critical issues: SCF beyond tier 1 and improving sustainability

By |December 4th, 2017|

There appears to be a major gap in the market when it comes to providing multi-tier financing for the suppliers of suppliers. Two years ago, a workshop at the SCF Forum focused on multi-tier financing, with a total of 23 banks and fintechs invited to talk about what they could do towards its development. In [...]

Puratos’ phase one SCF partnership with BBVA

By |December 4th, 2017|

Managing working capital can be challenging when customers want longer payment terms, said Lieven De Weder, group purchasing manager for Belgian group Puratos. The company is an international group with subsidiaries in 70 countries, specialising in the production of ingredients for bakery, chocolates, cake mixes and patisserie. It invests heavily in R&D and innovation, out [...]

How logistics is changing in the SCF world

By |December 4th, 2017|

Newer players in the world of supply chain finance include logistic service providers. Until recently few saw them playing a key role in SCF, yet they know about financial and payment flows – and what goes where. That was the opening premise of Federico Caniato, professor at Politecnico di Milano, who moderated the workshop session [...]

Siemens’ SCF programme has almost 2,800 suppliers

By |December 4th, 2017|

By any measure, Germany’s global engineering and technology services group Siemens is a big corporate beast. Boris Huttenlocher, a senior financial consultant in the group’s financial services business outlined just how big a force it is in his case study. Siemens celebrates its 170th anniversary this year and in 2016 total revenues reached €83bn, while [...]