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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. 

By |May 2nd, 2020|

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 [...]

  • Michiel Steeman

Viewpoint: Does the SCF Industry Need a Code of Conduct to Prevent ‘Extreme’ Programmes?

By |April 7th, 2020|

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 [...]

  • Michiel Steeman

Unlocking the black box: A conversation with Fitch Ratings

By |October 16th, 2018|

Michiel Steeman speaks to Alex Griffiths of Fitch Ratings, discussing his recent report on SCF and whether reverse factoring is a positive or negative development.

  • Michiel Steeman

Viewpoint: Italy’s 1960s SCF lessons for today’s China

By |August 7th, 2018|

The birth of supply chain finance in Italy in 1963 carried risks that imperilled buyers and suppliers alike. China must ensure it does not repeat those mistakes.

  • Michiel Steeman

Viewpoint: A new living lab to build the future of blockchain

By |May 9th, 2018|

Plans for a new blockchain 'living laboratory' will help explore real opportunities at the interface between the supply chain and finance, says Michiel Steeman.

  • Michiel Steeman

The Shenzhen supply chain revolution is coming to Europe

By |February 25th, 2018|

What an orange bicycle in China tells us about how the Internet of Things, e-payments and 'pay as you go' models will revolutionise European supply chains.

Viewpoint: The delusion of extending payment terms

By |November 6th, 2017|

Corporates that extend their payment terms to suppliers without offering a supply chain finance facility will eventually pay the price, says Prof Lisa Ellram.

  • Michiel Steeman

Viewpoint: Taking stock of inventory finance models

By |October 3rd, 2017|

For many companies, inventory finance has traditionally proved difficult to access. Logistics service providers are better able than the banks to provide it.

  • Michiel Steeman

Why everyone wins in the new Global Student Challenge final

By |September 18th, 2017|

A new two-track system bridges supply chain strategy and finance - and brings together students from across the globe for a career-enhancing experience.

  • Michiel Steeman

Viewpoint: Looking at SCF as a supply chain risk mitigation tool

By |July 8th, 2017|

SCF is well known as a tool for optimising working capital. But we need to think more about its ability to remove many kinds of risks from the supply chain.