The physical and financial aspects of the supply chain must be integrated to provide a really smooth supply chain management to manufacturers. Managing cash and capital is as important in the equation as managing partner relationships. Thinking of return on investment is important, but so is being careful not to become a cheap (read: low-quality) supply chain. Quality and efficiency must never be compromised.
The smart way to manage the financial supply chain is to get the best quality at the lower possible cost. This requires some specific ability in finance and, most of all, smart thinking and excellent decision making. Then the financial supply chain becomes the spine of a healthy and active organization.
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