Financial Supply Chain Management

I'm one of the worst culprits and I hate myself for it. Finding yourself wrapping up in pretentious management consultant speak is an occupational hazard. I wouldn't talk about "leveraging my core competencies" or "disintermediating my financial supply chain" in an informal conversation with friends and family. And it would raise an eyebrow at home, to say the least, if I mentioned that we'd been "sweating our assets" at work. So why do I do it?

Receivables Exchange announced this week that they and Coupa - the cloud based e-procurement player - have combined forces to offer small and medium enterprises greater access to working capital through the Exchange's innovative cash flow solution. The Receivables Exchange allows suppliers to auction their receivables invoices to gain on average 98-99% of their value - according to the Exchange - and receive full value in as little as 2 days.

Charles Dominick - nextlevelpurchasing.com - recently published his top twenty online resources for procurement pros. It's an interesting list, ordered by Alexa ranking (notoriously unreliable but as a relative rank guide, there or there abouts). There's the obvious resources that you'd expect to be well ranked such as Supply Chain Management Review and Supply Management and there's no surprise to see Spend Matters and Peter Smith's  Spend Matters UK up there with Procurement Leaders. But what I found particularly interesting is the specialist niche resources that are exerting an influence.

One of the leading financial and business advisers, Grant Thornton Sweden, has deployed an invoice processing solution from enterprise purchase-to-pay specialist Palette as the backbone of its internal and hosted electronic invoice management (EIM) service. Grant Thornton Sweden is one of the leading financial and business advisers, providing services in Sweden and internationally. Currently processing around 30,000 invoices per month for over 300 customers both in Sweden and internationally, Grant Thornton’s EIM service improves the efficiency of customers’ accounts payable, as well as optimising the company’s own internal invoice management system.

Electronic Invoicing Vision The European Commission wants electronic invoicing to be adopted broadly across the Europe Union and  for e-invoicing to become the predominant invoicing method by 2020. It has published a communication entitled  'Reaping the benefits of electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) for Europe' in which it...

It's standard business practice. Chase customers for payment as soon as possible and pay your suppliers as late as possible. Cash is king and in some industries - retail being a prime example - cash flow is the pivot of profitability that can make the...