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Technology in treasury management: Financial Supply Chain Review 2010

Companies want their financial supply chain financing and processing to be as efficient and cost effective as possible. But the solutions they dream of are still some way off. By Jack and Wolfi Large.

The global reduction in customer demand, commodity and fuel price volatility and credit shortages have focused the attention of senior management and corporate treasurers on physical supply chain logistics and financial supply chain management. Financial supply chain and working capital technologies and services are now being installed at unprecedented rates, as companies aim not only to optimize their own cash flows but their suppliers’ as well. The overall driver is to make supply chain financing and processing as efficient and cost effective as possible. Banks and a wide range of third-party service suppliers now provide platforms and specialist services ranging from integrated solutions, combining physical supply chain logistics and financial supply chain services, to particular specialized processes or types of financing. Bringing it altogether

A leading manufacturer of chemicals, fertilizers, plastics and metals exports its products around the world. J.P. Morgan provides the manufacturer with an integrated exports service combining physical supply chain logistics and financial supply chain functionality. J.P. Morgan’s platform, covering the US, Asia and Europe, provides export screening, document production and letter of credit services, as shown in Figure 1.

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