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Rebecca Spong is the editor of SCF Briefing. She has been a business and financial journalist for over a decade working in both London and Dubai.

SCF as a force for change drives SCF Forum Global 2020

By |November 20th, 2020|

2020 has certainly been a volatile year as the Covid-19 swept across the world causing human misery and the serious upheaval to supply chains. Yet, amid the chaos, it has also been a year of human resilience as businesses, and individuals, adapt to a new way of life. As Michiel Steeman, chairman of SCF Community, [...]

Calls grow for the supply chain finance market to unite over climate change

By |November 19th, 2020|

The supply chain finance market needs to take action to fight climate change, urged panellists speaking at this year’s SCF Forum Global. “There is nowhere more important when considering the challenges of climate change than supply chains,” said an environmental documentary filmmaker Huw Cordey, being interviewed by Thomas Dunn, chairman of tech firm Orbian. He [...]

Impact of Covid-19 accelerates SCF digitisation

By |November 19th, 2020|

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic this year will accelerate the trend towards increased digitisation within the supply chain after businesses grappled with disruptions in production and demand, according to panellists at this year’s SCF Forum Global. “When Covid hit, it was huge to have everything on one platform,” said Christian Kochan, assistant treasurer at [...]

SCF could be a ‘powerful’ force for good in tough times

By |November 19th, 2020|

Supply chain finance is increasingly being promoted as a force for good whether it is being used to support small suppliers in times of crisis, finance vital hospital equipment in a pandemic or attain environmental goals, according to panellists on the opening panel at this year’s SCF Forum Global. Matthijs Mondria, head of sustainable business [...]

Market strives to take supply chain finance beyond DPO extension

By |November 19th, 2020|

Momentum is growing behind new applications of supply chain finance (SCF) that will take the technique far beyond only looking to extend the days payable outstanding (DPO) metric. Panellists at this year’s SCF Forum Global outlined their efforts to explore new frontiers in SCF including the development of purchase order financing, sustainability-linked supplier finance, inventory [...]

Problems with late payments escalate amid Covid-19 crisis

By |August 19th, 2020|

Buyers are increasingly paying invoices late as they struggle to manage their working capital amid the global Covid-19 crisis, preliminary research from the SCF Community shows. Corporate payment practices have worsened during the Covid-19 crisis with an increasing number of buyers admitting to paying their suppliers’ invoices late, according to the early research findings from [...]

Supply Chains Must Be More ‘Resilient’ and ‘Responsive’ Post-Covid 19

By |May 25th, 2020|

Supply chain management professor Xiande Zhao outlines recommendations to help Chinese businesses weather the pandemic Businesses in China must learn from their experiences of the devastating impact of Covid-19 to ensure their supply chains are more responsive and resilient to future shocks, says Dr Xiande Zhao, professor of operations and supply chain management at the [...]

Pandemic Will Heighten Need for SCF for Small Businesses in Italy

By |May 25th, 2020|

Discussions around Covid-19 impact dominated the annual SCF Observatory Conference Supply chain finance could provide much-needed liquidity to small businesses in Italy struggling with the impact of Covid-19 and facing an increase in cancelled orders and delayed payments from their customers, says Federico Caniato, director at the SCF Observatory. Caniato was speaking to SCF Briefing [...]

SCF Personalities: Sunil Mascarenhas, supply chain finance relationship manager, Asian Development Bank

By |April 16th, 2020|

ADB’s SCF evangelist is keen to expand the reach of supplier finance in Asian markets, he tells SCF Briefing - and technology will be a key part of that mission. When Sunil Mascarenhas moved to Manila last year to take up a new role with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), he knew the move would [...]

SCF Personalities: Ad Rietberg, founder of Agri-Wallet

By |April 16th, 2020|

Ad Rietberg, founder of fintech Agri-Wallet, wants to make a positive impact on the agricultural sector, improving the lives of small farmers and looking after the environment.  It quickly becomes evident when talking to Ad Rietberg, founder of fintech firm Agri-Wallet, that he has a real drive to encourage more sustainable and environmentally friendly behaviour [...]