Date Added: Oct 2009
Supply Chain Finance (SCF) represents an innovative opportunity to reduce working capital. Its underlying mechanism is reverse factoring making the technique buyer-rather than supplier-centric. Implementing SCF is a difficult and time-consuming task that requires top management attention. Yet, it promises significant savings. The survey results show that, on average, companies reduce working capital by 13% and suppliers reduce working capital by 14%. Three factors differentiate successful implementations of SCF from less successful ones: Choosing the right banking partner, ensuring CEO sponsorship, and involving at least 60% of the supply-base.