Rise of the Vendor Portals

Is Your Accounts Receivables Department Adapting or Reacting? In the past several years, most major retail organizations have moved to portal software to manage their accounts payable function. Ideally, this solution allows their suppliers to: Maintain and update their contact and payer information Submit invoices electronically Log in and check the status of payments due …

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The Credit Department, Inc. Proactive Trade Credit Analysis Saved This Toys R Us Supplier from US Bankruptcy Court

In the fall, many suppliers are shipping merchandise for the busy fourth quarter retail holiday season. It was late on a Friday afternoon when retailer Toys R Us quietly announced that the company was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from their creditors. Many creditors of Toys R Us were caught unaware of their precarious …

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Why a Consumer Credit Bubble is an Early Sign of Slowdown

In recent economic reports, the key phrase “credit bubble” is appearing in media regarding increasing use of consumer credit. Countries ranging from the UK to Israel, China and the US are seeing use of consumer credit rising. Wages aren’t rising as fast. Interest rates are still relatively low. Credit is filling the gaps, allowing consumers …

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Expensive US Treasuries Lead to Decreased Corporate Credit Quality

As emerging markets like China, India and Japan take a larger share of the global domestic product from advanced markets, their financial markets are not keeping pace to provide a stable alternative investment to U.S. Treasuries. While Chinese government-issued bonds got a nod from the European Central Bank, which shifted a small portion of its …

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Current Cash Flow/Debt Ratio Resembles Last Two Recessions. Are You Ready?

Why Chinese Debt Should Push Your Company to Improve Cash Flow Emerging market corporate debt is now more than 75% as a percentage of gross domestic product, according to reports from the International Monetary Fund. Countries that include China are sailing toward plans to refinance before much of the debt comes due in 2021, but …

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