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Working Capital Index – Spring 2017

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The Lloyds Bank Working Capital Index is a single-figure measure of the momentum change in operational working capital. It is based on data from Markit’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) surveys, which contain valuable information about pressures on British private sector companies’ current assets and current liabilities from month to month. This provides an opportunity to track working capital trends over time at the macro level The key finding of the first ever Working Capital Index is that British businesses are under significant pressure to increase their working capital. Yet every pound tied up in working capital is a pound that could be invested in other, more productive areas of the business.

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Chinese Fintech Firms Launch Blockchain Supply Chain Finance Platform – CryptoCoinsNews

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An online marketplace lender and a subsidiary of a major electronics firm have united to launch ‘Chained Finance’, China’s first blockchain platform for supply chain finance. The solution is aimed at providing better financing possibilities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in China.

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The Role of Factoring for Financing Small and Medium Enterprises

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Around the world, factoring is a growing source of external financing for corporations and small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). What is unique about factoring is that the credit provided by a lender is explicitly linked to the value of a supplier’s accounts receivable and not the supplier’s overall creditworthiness.

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The Research on Modes and Application of Inventory Financing

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Inventory financing, as a new financial derivative, has boarded the stage of history for many years to solve the problem of “difficult financing “of minor enterprises. Although there are many deficiencies about inventory financing in normalization and multiformity, it solves, to a certain degree, the problem.

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Revisiting adoption factors of Inter-organisational IS in SMEs

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For over a decade large companies have turned to supply‐chain management and inter‐organisational system‐development techniques to increase their efficiency and effectiveness. Smaller companies, however, have struggled to adopt and benefit from such systems, traditionally citing reasons such as a lack of financial resources and technical capability.

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Impediments to the Adoption of Reverse Factoring for Logistics Service Providers

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In this chapter we discuss the main impediments to the adoption of reverse factoring (RF) by suppliers in the logistics services business. Although the usage of RF is ascending, empirical evidence on RF and its implementation, especially from the point of view of suppliers, is scarce.

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Study on Features of Logistics Finance of Supply Chain System and Pledge/Factoring Model

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Logistics finance of supply chain system has the openness feature with nonlinear and complexity. The financing effect of supply chain system’s logistics/commercial banks can enhance its effectiveness and gain the appreciation of capital flow and the maximization of system’s financing amount.

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Study of Vendor-Managed Inventory Practices in Indian Industries

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Purpose – In the global economy, vendor-managed inventory (VMI) is gradually becoming an important element of supply chain management strategy of organizations. Recently, Indian industries, both large and small, have started adopting VMI for their supply chains.

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Optimal bi-level Stackelberg strategies for supply chain financing with both capital-constrained buyers and sellers

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In this paper, we design a supply chain finance system with a manufacturer, a retailer and a commercial bank where both the retailer and manufacturer are capital constrained under demand uncertainties. We formulate a bi-level Stackelberg game for the supply chain finance system. We compare our model with two benchmark cases, to find out the important interactions between the operational and financial decisions in the supply chain finance system. It concluded that the different interest rates and credit lines would affect the supply chain operations.

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Analyzing Innovative Model of the Small and Medium Enterprise Financing: Supply Chain Financing

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The Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the national economy play an irreplaceable role in solving the employment and achieving social stability. The credit is discriminative and the financing is difficult.

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A Credit Risk Assessment Model Based on SVM for Small and Medium Enterprises in Supply Chain Finance

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Supply chain finance (SCF) is a series of financial solutions provided by financial institutions to suppliers and customers facing demands on their working capital. As a systematic arrangement, SCF utilizes the authenticity of the trade between (SMEs) and their “counterparties”, which are usually the leading enterprises in their supply chains.

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The Supply Chain Finance Scheme: Hit or miss ?

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John Antunes looks at whether this scheme can deliver the "win-win" results that the government has promised.

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The role of factoring for financing small and medium enterprises

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Factoring is explicitly linked to the value of a supplier’s accounts receivable and receivables are sold, rather than collateralized, and factored receivables are not part of the estate of a bankrupt firm.

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The Impact of the Global Crisis on SME and Entrepreneurship Financing and Policy Responses

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This report, entitled The Impact of the Global Crisis on SME and Entrepreneurship Financing and Policy Responses, presents the findings of the survey and the outcome of the discussion at the Turin Round Table, which gathered more than 100 participants from thirty seven countries/ economies and international financial institutions.

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The Cash Flow Advantages of Supply Chain Orchestrators

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With the increasingly open global economy and advanced technologies, companies have emerged as supply chain orchestrators, linking buying firms’ needs with dispersed manufacturers worldwide.

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