The SCF Forum 2017 brought together a record number of delegates from across the full spectrum of the SCF Community – corporates, finance providers, fintechs and of course the business school world.

The corporate presenters – more than at any previous SCF Forum in the event’s five year history – were the main focus of the day, giving a real-world perspective as to what’s happening in trade.

Innovation was a watchword this year, with it being apparent that companies are experimenting, trialling pilot programmes, and working on ways to improve existing programmes. From blockchain to sustainability, it was clear that the rapidly-evolving number of facets to supply chain finance are presenting opportunities that were simply not on the agenda even two or three years ago.

Below is our directory of the key highlights, case studies and discussions from the day’s conference event, which was crowned by the second-annual SCF Awards:

Why Lidl parent Schwarz Group opted for dynamic discounting – includes exclusive Q&A with Claudia Duckstein

Hugo Boss studying blockchain to track goods in its supply chain

Luxottica’s new SCF programme focuses on supplier benefits

Creating a supply chain finance investment class

Two approaches to boosting the supply chain’s bottom line

Case study: AstraZeneca’s ethical SCF programme rollout

Case study: Puratos’ phase one SCF partnership with BBVA

How logistics is changing in the SCF world

Critical issues: beyond tier 1 suppliers and improving sustainability

Siemens SCF programme has almost 2,800 suppliers

 

The 2017 Supply chain Finance Awards: winners and highly-commendeds announced