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Trade finance innovation positioned to fuel growth of China SMEs

Feb 08, 2018

China suppliers have highest need, highest likelihood for adoption, and largest opportunity to benefit from trade finance innovation, according to the C2FO third annual Working Capital Outlook Survey. Across the globe, small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) report many of the same challenges...

Appetite for liquidity on track to outpace funding for SMEs

Feb 07, 2018

The third annual C2FO Working Capital Outlook Survey sheds light on the constantly evolving cash flow situation faced by SMEs, as funding options diversify while barriers shift from a lack of access to affordability. SMEs anticipate an increase in their need for liquidity as they seek to grow...

Turning uncertainty into opportunity for procurement

Feb 07, 2018

The third C2FO Working Capital Outlook Survey captures a paradox, one of uncertainty in business despite the rise in stock markets across the globe and economic optimism. This period of uncertainty for small and midsize suppliers (SMEs) is a shared reality of procurement professionals for...

Three ways to reinvent procurement through work culture innovation

Dec 08, 2017

Driving transformation and building resilient business growth through work culture innovation and a people-centric approach Japan Airlines (JAL) filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010 with the largest debt of any company since the end of WWII, 2.3 trillion yen ($25 billion). Then, it...

Principles of creating value

Nov 29, 2017

In this quick read, Dean Z. Myers, VP Supply Chain, Business Development, Coca-Cola, shares five principles to create value that you should never overlook. His simple tips offer us all a reminder on how to instantly build better business relationships.

Faces of working capital: the human impact of empowering small and midsize businesses

Nov 20, 2017

At C2FO, we often talk about our mission to liberate working capital and the global economic impact of freeing trillions of dollars in liquidity for millions of businesses. With numbers at this scale, it’s easy to lose sight of just what “access to working capital” means in human terms...

Hidden brains and comfort zones: how to avoid two of the biggest risks to career success

Nov 20, 2017

Learn how to overcome two habits that are holding you back from success. Decisions are central to every business day, as well as the rewards and risks that accompany these choices. Sometimes, however, the biggest risk involved isn’t in the decision itself, but in how you make it. We...

Will repatriation fund your next low-risk investment?

Nov 20, 2017

With the pending regulation that lowers U.S. corporate tax rates and a offers a repatriation tax holiday, multinationals are weighing the opportunities for the cash they plan to repatriate. On a recent C2FO survey of U.S.-based finance professionals, 46 percent of respondents said they...

Top finance and treasury trends for 2018

Nov 20, 2017

As the year comes to a close, the C2FO team shares insights into the top trends and issues for financial professionals in the year ahead. Capital allocation and a more strategic approach to treasury “The thing I have been discussing with corporate practitioners for the past year is...

Leverage dynamic discounting to enhance Treasury flexibility

Oct 27, 2017

As the economy moves further away from the financial crisis, treasurers find themselves in a stable era of solid balance sheets, rising markets, and low inflation. After years of focus on maintaining cash positions and minimizing risk, their mindsets are shifting towards strategically...

Outside the margins: the right dynamic discounting program offers more than just financial benefits

Oct 25, 2017

As companies look for ways to gain a competitive edge, many look to their supply chain and procurement teams. Dynamic discounting is one sure path to margin improvement, but the right solution offers more benefits — for you and your supply chain both. Offset the impact of terms...

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...