Treasury and supply chain disruption caused by external factors is nothing new, but recent developments may be making it the new normal. Therefore, the ability to switch technology and supply chains to new locations/suppliers with the minimum of upheaval is becoming a business imperative. This applies not just to the physical supply chain but also the financial one that underpins it, which presents corporate treasuries with significant additional challenges.
The start of a new decade has ushered in a variety of market developments that have the potential to redefine the trade finance sector. We caught up with Jean-François Denis, BNP Paribas, to explore the changes on the horizon and how they might benefit corporate treasurers.
With trade flows and commercial payments on the decline, Aoife Wallace and Daniela Eder, Barclays, examine how European treasurers can play their part in supporting the recovery – from financing their supply chain partners to digitising trade and cash management workflows.
Meliá Hotels' treasury team was looking to access faster and more flexible liquidity as means of speeding up the cash conversion cycle. They decided to implement a receivables finance programme with HSBC that would respond to the company's current and future needs.
The ongoing global economic downturn has resulted in supply chain disruptions, payment delays and payment defaults. Adeline de Metz, UniCredit, considers the range of options that buyers have to achieve supply chain stability during a period of unprecedented imbalance.
Technologies such as artificial intelligence have the potential to make it easier for treasurers to gain visibility and control over their cash. But simply investing in these technologies is not enough to achieve working capital efficiencies.