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October 2011 14 Min Read

Central Procurement – the Financial Implications

Central Procurement – the Financial Implications by Nick Mühlemann, Director, Consulting, PwC and Sebastian di Paola, Partner, Global Corporate Treasury Solutions, PwC Procurement is the purchase of goods and services for consumption in business...

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October 2011 5 Min Read

Creating Synergies through Commercial Cards and Payments Innovation

Creating Synergies through Commercial Cards and Payments Innovation by Catherine Moore, Head of International Cards, J.P. Morgan Treasury Services, EMEA As this Guide has illustrated, there are numerous reasons for procurement and treasury to work together more...

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September 2011 7 Min Read

A Fresh Approach to Treasury Optimisation

A Fresh Approach to Treasury Optimisation by Sigrun Fredriksson, Deputy Head of GTS, Norway, SEB and Tom Lea, Global Business Manager, GTS, Norway, SEB As we saw from Erik Seifert’s article, ‘Meet Today’s Treasurer’, treasurers’ activities...

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June 2011 4 Min Read

Priorities and Perspectives

Priorities and Perspectives by Helen Sanders, Editor According to Jim Owens, former Chairman and CEO of construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, “the competitor that’s best at managing the supply chain is probably going to be the most successful...

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June 2011 7 Min Read

The Challenges Ahead for Supply Chains

The Challenges Ahead for Supply Chains McKinsey Global Survey Results Senior executives say their companies manage key trade-offs well, yet see barriers to better performance: rising risk, lack of collaboration, and low CEO involvement. As economies around the world...

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June 2011 9 Min Read

Supply Chain Financing Comes of Age

Supply Chain Financing Comes of Age by Lex Greensill, Managing Director, Head of Supply Chain Finance for Europe, Middle East & Africa, Citi Multinational firms have developed highly complex, sophisticated supply chains in recent years, but the recent tragic events...

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June 2011 7 Min Read

Realising the Benefit of a Holistic Approach to the Financial Supply Chain

Realising the Benefits of a Holistic Approach to the Financial Supply Chain by Gregory Cronie, Head of Sales Corporates, Netherlands, ING Commercial Banking, Payments and Cash Management Financial supply chain (FSC) management is a concept that has become increasingly...

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June 2011 12 Min Read

Building the Supply Chain of the Future

Building the Supply Chain of the Future by Yogesh Malik, Alex Niemeyer, and Brian Ruwadi Getting there means ditching today’s monolithic model in favor of splintered supply chains that dismantle complexity, and using manufacturing networks to hedge uncertainty....

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April 2011 16 Min Read

Have Cards Become an Anachronism?

Have Cards Become an Anachronism? by Helen Sanders, Editor Apart from, perhaps, James Bond-style briefcases full of crisp banknotes and pockets full of loose change, few payment methods are as ubiquitous as cards. No longer are cards simply something to keep in...

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March 2011 21 Min Read

Supply Chain Financing: An Alternative to Bank Lending and Supplier Risk Management

Supply Chain Financing: An Alternative to Bank Lending and Supplier Risk Management The following article summarises the discussion during a roundtable event in January 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland, hosted by J.P.Morgan and chaired by Sebastian di Paola, Partner,...

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November 2010 12 Min Read

Using Supply Chain Finance to Improve Cash Conversion

Using Supply Chain Finance to Improve Cash Conversion by Laurent J. Barbé, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Copap Inc. As a mid-sized private organisation, Copap, like many others, needs cash to grow. The financial crisis could have signalled the end...

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September 2010 4 Min Read

Supplier Finance to Enhance Working Capital and Reduce Risk

Supplier Finance to Enhance Working Capital and Reduce Risk by Michael Friede, Head of Global Procurement Intelligence, Bayer MaterialScience In late 2008, the Bayer holding company undertook a large working capital project across all business areas. As part of this...

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