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2017 Europe Working Capital Survey 2017 Europe Working Capital Survey

Compare your working capital performance with top 1000 European companies in key industries and countries. The cash conversion cycle (CCC) slipped 3.6% last year among Europe's top 1000 nonfinancial companies while net working capital expanded. These companies lost the use of over 1 trillion euros, which remained tied up in net working capital. Download

Take Steps Now to Prepare for Higher Interest Rates

Companies have exploited low interest rates in recent years to bolster their financial position and increase spending. But with signs of higher rates ahead, defensive steps may be in order. Find out how a smarter approach to working capital can put your company in a stronger position to withstand a likely shift ahead. Download

Using DSO to Measure Your Accounts Receivable Performance

Which key performance indicator (KPI) offers the best way to measure and monitor accounts receivable? It ultimately depends on your company's particular structure, culture and goals. This article takes a closer look at using days sales outstanding (DSO), the most popular receivables KPI. Download

Seven Habits: Highly Effective Supplier Payment Practices

Companies can't always get paid when they would like to, but they can exercise control over when and how they pay their suppliers. It's important to have good habits in this area so that cash is not left on the table. Download

There's Still Time: 7 Ways to Release Cash by Year-End

It's not too late to positively impact your working capital by year-end. Your organisation can take steps now to release cash and also lay the foundation for a sustainable improvement trend. Download


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Working Capitalist newsletter

The Working Capitalist: Spring 2017 – Our latest issue of The Working Capitalist newsletter examines what it takes to sustainably improve working capital performance. It examines the performance characteristics and metrics associated with top performers and offers recommendations for where underperformers can begin to improve working capital performance.

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REL in the Press

Finanz und Wirtschaft, "Cheap Money Hurts Discipline,"

In German..."Paul Moody knows. As an associate partner of The Hackett Group's cash flow advisor REL, he not only knows all facets of working capital management and cash flow generation. With responsibility for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, he also looks into many companies in numerous industries. So, if he says that the results of the REL Working Capital Survey 2017 have disappointed him then this is serious.

November 3, 2017

Supply Chain Digest, "Supply Chain Inventory Performance 2017,"

Since 2005, I have been doing reporting and analysis on company and sector inventory levels based on the annual Working Capital scorecard that is compiled The Hackett Group. It is always one of our most popular columns of the year. But there have been a few twists over the years, and another one this year, as I am going to explain here.

September 9, 2017

CFO e-Book, "Leveraging Automation And Data To Gain Strategic Value From Payables,"

Featuring cash management insights from The Hackett Group's Amy Fong. "As the business leaders charged with optimizing working capital management, finance chiefs are looking for ways to move the financial supply chain from a cost center to a valued partner and profit center. Working capital management strategies are at a crossroads. According to the 2016 US Working Capital Survey from The Hackett Group, companies are facing the consequences of lax working capital management habits learned during times when credit was more readily available..."

September 2017