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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.

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 [...]

Why Lidl parent Schwarz Group opted for dynamic discounting

By |November 30th, 2017|

"He who stops being better, stops being good,” said Schwarz Groups Claudia Duckstein. Oliver Cromwell’s words helped drive the SCF programme.

Case study: AstraZeneca’s ethical SCF programme rollout

By |November 29th, 2017|

AstraZenecas procurement-driven supply chain finance programme has already got more than 900 suppliers enrolled, as Andrew Wilson explained.

Two approaches to boosting the supply chain’s bottom line

By |November 29th, 2017|

The 'Profit' track on boosting the bottom line heard about a market-based dynamic discounting model and vendor-managed coffee vending. 

Creating a supply chain finance investment class

By |November 29th, 2017|

Supply chain finance as an investment class requires more standardisation. Using insurance tools to adjust risk profiles is a good start.

Luxottica’s new SCF programme focuses on supplier benefits

By |November 29th, 2017|

Andrea Buralli of Luxottica Group explainshow the €9bn revenue eyewear group introduced a new SCF programme to benefit its suppliers.