CFOs today are under more pressure than ever before from their board of directors and CEO to unlock trapped cash. Unfortunately, regional operations hold unnecessary cash buffers to protect their balance sheet. This cash-hoarding culture is detrimental to free cash flow, and could eliminate the opportunity to execute the corporate capital allocation strategy, including share repurchase targets, corporate debt repayments, shareholder dividends, and M&A initiatives.
Treasury professionals who manage cash are faced with many challenges, especially if they have not invested in a modern solution to help centralize their payments operations. These challenges are amplified when considering the recent escalation in payments fraud. More than three-quarters (78 percent) of organizations admitted that their payments operations were targeted by fraudsters last year, according to the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP’s) 2018 Payments Fraud Survey. Companies using disparate payment systems, applying inconsistent controls, and adopting manual payment policies, rather than digitized policies were more likely to have experienced loss from fraud, according to the survey. Furthermore, AFP’s research found that business email compromise (BEC) has become a very significant fraud threat, with 77 percent of organizations experiencing it in 2017.
Topics: treasury management
You have probably heard some flavor of the old adage, "There's a difference between just doing things and doing them right."
It speaks to the importance of being very intentional in our choices and actions versus being satisfied with just making an effort of any size. Often, it's the difference between really being effective in what we do and...well...just "being". Fact is, we face these kinds of choices throughout our day, in both our work and in our personal lives.
Topics: category management
CLEVELAND, Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nitor Partners introduces NitorAurora, a source-to-pay solution bundling the best procurement software with turnkey services designed for fast time-to-value results.
Historically, source-to-pay technology solutions have been out of reach for many mid-market organizations due to high cost and scope. NitorAurora opens the door to these organizations, allowing them to realize efficiencies in their source-to-pay processes.
NitorAurora is also the perfect procurement solution for any size organization looking to take the first step in procurement transformation.
Finding long-term success in the ever-changing world of Procurement can be a difficult task and often a moving target: markets, suppliers and internal business needs constantly shift, quickly making the winning methods of the past obsolete for maintaining future success. Many organizations have matured beyond traditional procurement measures that produced big wins via low-hanging fruit opportunities, however many still lag behind wondering, “who moved the cheese...again?” Today’s continuously evolving marketplaces demand a fresh perspective, sharp eyes, and the ability to adapt to change. Just as Spencer Johnson’s infamous book teaches us to “move with the cheese,” for Procurement leaders this same philosophy remains true: Adapt. We’ve compiled the top questions every CPO should be asking as they navigate the procurement maze to get and keep the cheese (also known as best total value) for their organizations.
Join us for a timely panel discussion on Treasury's impact on Working Capital, the importance of fair market payment terms, and how terms management can impact company financials for both buyers and suppliers.
The lunch will be held at Gallaghers Steak House, 228 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019 on May 15th from 12 – 2 PM.
Our esteemed panel will discuss:
- Industry trends and best practices in Working Capital
- Tactical elements needed to succeed in running a Working Capital Program
- Importance of fair market payment terms in a changing economy
Topics: treasury and working capital
On March 20th Nitor hosted a webinar specifically for mid-market procurement professionals, Accelerated & Affordable Procurement Technology Solutions for the Mid-Market.
(If you were unable to attend the live event, don’t worry, see the recording below.)
The session, featuring Sean Sollitto, Principal with Nitor, highlighted how Procurement technology solutions have evolved to provide right-sized solutions for all organizations to automate and streamline source-to-pay processes.
All companies in the middle-market space are not created equal. Some are fast growth companies that quickly progress through the mid-market. Others are preparing for mergers or acquisitions, while still other companies are comfortable in the mid-market and intend to stay there.
All of these companies vary in many ways, but one challenge they all likely face is implementing procurement solutions and processes to save money and fund future growth.
Within the past year procurement solutions have evolved to meet the needs of the mid-market. This core set of questions will help you determine if your organization is ready for a mid-market procurement solution.
When the CFO states that your organization needs to save money, you listen! When your supervisor makes a “suggestion,” you listen! When your spouse tells you what he/she wants for an anniversary gift, you listen! When your favorite song plays on the radio, you listen!
When data speaks; DO YOU LISTEN?
An earlier blog posting, “Finding Opportunities in Spend Analysis” (May 24, 2016), focused on the mechanics of spend analysis in detail. As you go through these mechanics and perform the activities associated with sound spend data analysis, ask yourself the question, “What is the data saying?” or “Am I letting the data speak?” All too often, we don’t ask those questions and drive toward a pre-fixed solution regardless of what the data is actually telling us. Or worse, we force the data to fit a pre-determined sourcing strategy. Strategic Sourcing approaches are guided by the data and our ability to interpret the data, not the other way around. Remember, the key is to turn data into useful information.
Empowering Organizations to Create Sustainable Value - The Need for a Holistic and Integrated Procurement Environment
Gary Stoddard is a Partner with Nitor Partners, whose single focus is empowering clients to achieve Source-to-Pay excellence. Dawn Tiura, CEO and President of Sourcing Industry Group, got together with Gary recently to get his thoughts on creating sustainability and the need for an integrated procurement environment.