Industry 4.0 Calling for Supply Chain Finance Collaboration
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the global economy, driving both financial and social growth.Yet, they often face challenges like limited access to capital, primarilydue toa lack of informationwith banks and lengthydue diligence processes. The 4th Industrial Revolution,or Industry 4.0,isdriven by technological advancements likeArtificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data analytics. It brings a unique opportunity tobridgethe informational gap, reinvent risk evaluations, and expand the reach ofSCFfor SMEs.
Harnessing the Industry 4.0 for SCFEvolution
The emergence of Industry 4.0 presents immense opportunities for financial institutions operating in SCF. Technologies like AI foster transparency, simplify workflows, and advocate for real-time data sharing. This digital evolution increases efficiency, reduces costs, and enhances stakeholders’ trust in SCF.
Moreover, using Big Data, Machine Learning, and predictive analytics allows for a deeper dive into transactional data. This results in a more comprehensive evaluation of potential risks, a better understanding of payment behaviours and trends, and identifying essential due diligence factors. Lastly, real-time data and advanced analytics can empower fintechs to identify and mitigate risks, make data-driven decisions, and successfully adapt to industry changes.
Cultivating a Collaborative Financial Ecosystem
A resilient SCF ecosystem needs synergies between stakeholders, like banks and intermediaries, unlocking growth opportunities for all. Financial institutions are instrumental in offering solutions that address the liquidity needs of suppliers and buyers. Vendors can access immediate invoice payment options and strengthen their financial stability and market position by harnessing tech-driven SCF modules. Meanwhile, buyers utilise SCF to improve their liquidity management, extend payment terms, and minimise expenses.
Financial institutions gain a clear view of stock levels, manufacturing activities, and shipping schedules with real-time analytics and IoT devices. This transparency simplifies risk assessment, decision-making and financing solutions delivery. Financial institutions can evaluate supplier contributions, identify bottlenecks, and negotiate economic agreements based on current data, crafting solid financial strategies.
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Bridging theInformational Gap
SMEs often face challenges submitting past financial records and other essential documents, complicating credit assessments. However, combining AI and Big Data analytics allows businesses to access alternative data sources and credit assessment models. These tech tools analyse vast amounts of data, detecting patterns and anomalies and uncovering insights that might be overlooked.
Incorporating innovative technology offers banks and fintechs a comprehensive view of SMEs, enabling fair evaluations.QUALCO ProximaPlus is a versatile, end-to-end Factoring and SCF platform that streamlines operations and reduces the time and cost of implementing new factoring and SCF solutions. The software uses advanced data analytics and an integrated workflow engine as a third-generation platform to promote effective risk control. Following a digital-first approach, external stakeholders can access critical data securely, anytime, through an easily adaptable web portal.
Integrating Industry 4.0 principles with SCF presents significant opportunities to transform existing financial methods. Advanced AI techniques pave the way to improve risk assessments, making more funding options available. As SCF becomes more digitally advanced, all segments of the supply chain benefit from streamlined operations, which can drive global financial growth.
By George Koukis, International Business Development Director, Factoring & SCF at QUALCO
QUALCO ProximaPlusis a modular, end-to-end Factoring and Supply Chain Finance (SCF) platform to manage the Receivables Finance business. It streamlines operations and minimises the time and cost of new factoring and SCF product implementations by combining the flexibility required by business users with the efficiency required by administrators.