Financial Supply Chain Management

Like many things in business, this isn't a new idea. I clearly recall signing secrecy documents in order to take part in discussions with a bank in 1997 about how a new factoring model that would leverage the flexibility of the internet. It would transform trade credit. More opportunities emerged early into the new century but it wasn't until the last couple of years - 10 years after I first confronted reverse factoring, that I've seen it implemented as a real business tool. That why it's OK to call it new and now is an opportune time to look at it again.

Purchase to Pay, P2P and Dynamic DiscountingWhen Alexander Graham Bell, said "Watson, come here! I want to see you", little did he suspect that in the 21st century, less than 150 years after he began his experiments, the telephone would be so ubiquitous that even in parts of Africa where there is no running water, there would be full cell phone coverage. And at that time, in about 1873, the "CFO" was a man in a tall hat with a quill in his hand in charge of a team of accounts clerks laboriously scratching numbers into leather bound ledgers.

In a thought provoking and incisive article by Tracy Bramlet, she describes in some detail the adverse effects on the financial supply chain following the disastrous explosion that sunk the Deepwater Horizon rig, killed 11 workers that initiated the current spill that is pumping 200,000 gallons of...