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How digitized supply chain finance can help small merchants grow

This guide has been developed by Accion for institutions interested in developing a supply chain finance solution (CSF). SCF is the use of financing mechanisms that can optimize the management of liquidity tied up in supply chain processes. SCF solutions have long been offered by big banks to large corporations, such as fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies and manufacturers, to support trade.

However, today SCF techniques are being transformed by technology, expanding the addressable market to include micro, small, and medium size enterprises. Improved connectivity, increasingly available customer data, and new technologies lower the cost and make it possible to extend digital SCF solutions to the small merchants at the end of global supply chains. A platform-based model that satisfies the interdependent needs of multiple stakeholders simultaneously using digital innovations is well suited to provide SCF solutions. Platform models consolidate digitized data produced by the flows of goods and money throughout the supply chain, building trust and facilitating coordinated decision-making. The net effect is to provide deeper insights into merchant and consumer behavior. Download the guide here.

Our vision is to build a financially inclusive world with access to economic opportunity for all. Our mission is to give people the financial tools they need to improve their lives. Accion has proven time and time again that financial services can be made available; that individual lives and the prosperity of communities can be significantly enhanced; and that this can be done at scale and sustainably. Our work helps people, small businesses, and communities grow and thrive. We challenge and engage the industry, its leaders, and its regulators to achieve a financially inclusive world.

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