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 [...]
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 [...]
The Covid-19 crisis means many smaller businesses are desperate for the liquidity offered by supplier finance, but access to funding may become difficult. Rewatch the webinar at the bottom of the page ‘We’re seeing more and more reports talking about double-digit GDP drops,’ says Michiel Steeman, executive director of the SCF Community, as he kicked [...]
Viewpoint: as the tragic global health crisis of Covid-19 becomes an economic one too, there is an urgent need to improve the resilience of our supply chains.
The scale of the human tragedy of the Covid-19 outbreak unfolding around the globe can often seem overwhelming. Who could anticipate the speed at which the virus took hold over one country after another? National death tolls have become a depressingly regular feature of each passing day. As I write this, there have been more [...]
SCF Personalities: Sunil Mascarenhas, supply chain finance relationship manager, Asian Development Bank
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 [...]
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 [...]
Governments and regulators are calling for a reappraisal of some supplier finance programmes. We should respond positively, says Michiel Steeman. Supply chain finance has faced renewed criticism in the media just a month into the year. The bad press is not new – we are familiar with similar accusations against multinationals taking their SCF programmes [...]
SCF providers are exploring the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, with some arguing it is a tool capable of taking the market to the next level.