Former colleagues are like buses

14 Jul 2013 Posted by Pete Loughlin in The Rest

You wait for ages without meeting any then two turn up at once. I had a rush of reacquaintances some time ago. I met Mike Zealley, a former colleague from KPMG with whom I had the pleasure of working very closely about 15 years ago….

The best solutions are those that solve a problem you never thought you had

05 Jul 2013 Posted by Pete Loughlin in AP Automation, Cloud Computing, e-invoicing, Electronic Invoicing, Financial Supply Chain Management, Purchase to Pay Process, Purchasing Card, Supply Chain Finance

Sometimes, great ideas just never take off because some prerequisite solution to a problem hasn’t been solved. E-procurement was a great idea in the 1990’s but until the internet was ubiquitous and trusted, it was slow to take off. Looking back, the trust and ubiquity…

Europe’s working capital opportunity – a conversation with REL

01 Jul 2013 Posted by Pete Loughlin in Financial Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Finance, Working Capital Management

We have highlighted many times the challenges of working capital management. It’s become a cliché to refer to the “perfect storm” – the combination of virtually zero interest rates and constrained liquidity that gives both cash rich, large businesses and cash strapped suppliers a headache….