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Supply Assurance: Eliminating Capital-Related Risk to Prevent Supply Disruption

July 28, 2014
KEYWORDS Supply Chain
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Modern supply chains are networks of business partners, each one relying on everyone else's ability to be an active and reliable node of the network. A hole in the network can mean catastrophic effects for the entire community, and the lack of supplies represents a potential cause of disruption. A company may perform well by selling quality products and ensuring on-time deliveries, but poor financial conditions and high cost of capital can hinder the necessary level of working capital needed to run the business profitably. Hence, an operationally excellent company can still go bankrupt due to lack of capital due to payments received late from clients or expensive access to finance. Poor financial performance threatens the continuity of supplies for the whole network, and only financial instruments can help assure such continuity. Aite Group explains to corporate procurement officers, heads of treasury, supply chain managers, and heads of distribution how the use of financial instruments and practices can eliminate risk and assure continuity of supplies, and, hence, continuity of business.

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