Monday, November 16, 2009

Walmart Shifts to Supply Chain Finance

Wal-mart recently announced a new supply chain finance program according to this weekend's Wall Street Journal (subscription required). I first wrote about supply chain finance in April 2007.

This supply chain finance program will provide Wal-mart's suppliers with accounts receivable financing - a market which has experienced significant turmoil given the bankruptcy filing of CIT and the credit crunch, in general.

Wal-mart's partner banks, including Wells Fargo and Citigroup, will be providing factoring to Wal-mart's suppliers. It is unclear whether these rates will be any cheaper than those offered by other factors and accounts receivable financiers.

The article mentioned that other retailers, including Kohl's, are also experimenting with supply chain finance programs.

If you're having difficulty with your accounts receivable funding in light of the CIT situation or general market conditions, give me a call!

Tags : Walmart , CIT , supply chain finance , accounts receivable , factoring

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