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What is supply chain finance? Late payments and cash flow bottlenecks are two of the biggest factors behind supply chain breakdowns and poor supplier performance. Not only can they damage supplier-buyer relationships, they can affect other supplier relationships along the chain causing disruption and incurring costs. Supply chain finance is ultimately about facilitating the movement of capital to help manage risk across the chain, while limiting disruption and streamlining transactions.

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As cloud adoption continues to gain pace across all industries, banks are increasingly seeing the value. Recognizing that the benefits are outweighing the risks, they have begun moving away from their legacy IT infrastructures and are achieving significant results in the process. There have been some important moves recently with notable deals between cloud vendors and major banks which are now changing the face of cloud adoption, particularly in the world of global trade finance.

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Many banks are still taking time to navigate the digital transition and are comfortable providing trade finance services through manual, paper-based processes, at best accessed via a digital interface. They are struggling to understand the complex needs of their customers and offering little added value. From the corporate perspective, their trade finance customer experience is punctuated with friction, inefficiencies and unnecessary cost.

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Open banking is an initiative close to our hearts, with our API architecture APIsure™ offering customers complimentary access to the sandbox testing environment, we consider ourselves to be setting the new open banking standard in trade finance digitization and connectivity. So what is open banking and what exactly does it do? Let’s explore...

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Following the launch of the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Global Survey on Trade Finance, Tsafrir Attar explains why the future is now for the global trade finance industry. Over the last decade, banks have become bigger, more profitable and better capitalized. Though with technological innovation all around us, financial institutions are still lagging behind, particularly in the area of trade finance. However, the impact of COVID-19 on global markets has, and will, change the picture indefinitely and awareness of the need for contactless, mobile-friendly trade finance processing has heightened. So perhaps finally the future of trade finance digitization really is now!

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