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Scientists discover the “missing pieces” for business innovation

Sep 28, 2017

When scientists race to solve pandemics like Ebola or seek to prevent genetic disorders, the last thing we want is for them to be wrong. Or do we? One group of scientists is challenging how research is published and their mission offers insights on the value of collaboration, embracing...

Digital Darwinism: are you evolving along with your supply chain?

Sep 27, 2017

Darwinism, a theory founded by Charles Darwin in the 1800s describes the process of evolution of species through natural selection. Species must adapt to their constantly changing environment in order to survive and evolve. “It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most...

Sustainable supply chain leaders focus on the most important resource of all: relationships

Aug 22, 2017

Supplier relationships, more than technology and governance alone, help supply chain leaders save costs, improve processes and innovate through sustainability practices. When you meet a new person, the conversation quickly turns to where you grew up, went to school, and, inevitably,...

Late payment issue improves with standards, trade finance options, and working capital optimization by corporates

Aug 22, 2017

Late payments remain a persistent issue globally nearly a decade past the 2008 crisis, but the long-term outlook is optimistic. The situation is improving as evidenced by a 3 percent gain in the cash-to-cash cycle of UK companies. The number seems small, but as a result, £8.8 billion...

Supply Chains to Admire in 2017

Jul 25, 2017

While financial metrics are easy to track and measure, metrics around supply chain performance are more complex to access. Research consultancy Supply Chain Insights has worked with statisticians at Arizona State University for over a decade to define a way to measure supply chain...

Is your cash working as hard as you are?

Jul 24, 2017

It’s peak summer vacation season judging from the influx of travel articles and glances at friends' social media feeds. But for many of us, that glance is the only break we take. According to surveys by Glassdoor and Expedia1, only 23 percent of American workers take all their eligible...

How top retailers use supply chain innovation to cut costs and improve efficiency

Jun 27, 2017

The retail industry is facing a sea of changes currently. How the strongest of retailers adapt and innovate under consumer pressure offers lessons for all industries. The most compelling and instructive strategies target the supply chain. In a survey of retail procurement executives...

Lessons from a Crisis: Dr. Yossi Sheffi

Jun 27, 2017

Lessons from a crisis: Building strength from supply chain interdependence This guest article was authored by Dr. Yossi Sheffi. Sheffi is Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT and Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. He has worked with leading...

Best practices for improving working capital through trade finance

May 16, 2017

Interest rates are on the rise, and there is talk about “normalizing,” leaving finance teams to figure out just what “normal” looks like nearly a decade post-recession. For some, normal means a new strategy altogether: a shift away from holding large amounts of cash on the balance...

Lessons from the NFL Draft: Trading a single metric for long-term wins

Apr 26, 2017

In the months leading up to the NFL draft, there was a dizzying amount of predictions and strategy discussions underway. When it comes to businesses that rely on metrics, the NFL is a contender for first round pick. It’s not just the big data of player and team stats at work. The draft...

Supply chain technology offers the next great competitive advantage for retail

Apr 26, 2017

One hundred years ago, Sears disrupted the entire model of retail by offering consumers access to nearly anything — including complete kits for building a house — by mail order. Now, that original retail innovator is faced with an identity crisis and redefining their model. A...

Dynamic discounting and e-Invoicing: unlock the most value

Mar 29, 2017

How to unlock the most value when you implement dynamic discounting and e-Invoicing by Chad Bruffey, Managing Director The adoption of e-Invoicing offers multiple benefits including lower costs, higher accuracy, greater productivity and reduced cycle times giving greater...

Rising interest rates and C2FO marketplace discounting

Mar 23, 2017

Rising interest rates are an opportunity to support your supply chain with cash flow and lower cost of capital on C2FO, a market with no risk or volatility.

Resilience and innovation: How C2FO helps corporates thrive amidst risk and uncertainty

Feb 22, 2017

Currently, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding supply chain disruption, regulatory changes, tax changes, and market volatility. While the number of variables — and attention-grabbing headlines — occurring at once is unique, the truth is corporates have always managed...

Beyond measure: when metrics limit your bottom line

Jan 23, 2017

The Vasa warship set sail on its maiden voyage on August 10, 1698. Carrying 64 bronze canons, and decorated with nearly 500 sculptures, the ornate and towering wooden vessel was the most powerful military ship in the world at that time, a testament to the might of Sweden and the ambitions...