Working Capital Management

We’ve always seen the banks as being the facilitators of commerce. Depending on your point of view, they’re an invaluable support to business or a necessary evil. Without a properly regulated banking industry, business in the modern world couldn’t function. Or could it? There are changes happening that could make us question what role the banks play and in some industries and supply chains, there could be a better way.

You think purchase to pay is a back office function? e-invoicing is a technical innovation? AP automation an incremental improvement to financial supply chain management? And you wonder why nothing ever gets achieved. P2P is as boring as you make it. The reality is though, that purchase to pay, positioned properly, can deliver commercial benefits on a scale that would astound most executives.

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...

Purchase to Pay, P2P and Dynamic DiscountingThere's much talk about dynamic discounting and how it can yield significant returns on investment but dynamic discounting is absolutely not the first step in extracting value out of purchase to pay optimization - it is the final step. Let's go back to basics and remember that P2P is not a core function of an organization. Rather, it supports the core functions such as sourcing and procurement, accounts payable and finance. Purchase to pay develops and installs synergy across the physical and financial supply chain and uses technology to support better ways of working to reduce the cost of doing business with suppliers.