It is often said that you can lose money for some time, but you can only run out of cash once.
The impact of ineffective working capital management practices can be complex and debilitating. On the other hand, companies with effective cash flow management practices reap the benefit of generating more cash from their businesses. These organizations gain agility to take advantage of opportunities as they arise and are less dependent on external financing.
While it is relatively easy to obtain short-term reductions in working capital by slowing down payments, speeding up collections or starving inventory, sustainable results require continuous process improvement and a commitment to business best practices in the areas of:
In the real world, there are substantial tradeoffs between cash flow management, customer service, cost and risk. Optimizing working capital management performance across the organization requires an approach and capabilities that work across functional boundaries and consider both supplier and customer value drivers.
REL, a division of The Hackett Group, has helped many of the world's leading businesses release billions in cash flow through sustainable working capital improvements.
Our analytical rigor, proven methods, collaborative approach and emphasis on embedding working capital management best practices have helped many organizations deliver the liquidity required to fund operations and enable growth.
We help clients improve inventory management, accounts receivable and accounts payable practices to improve cash flow management while also reducing business risks and realizing structural cost optimization. These projects deliver quantifiable payback – typically at least a 3:1 return on investment – and are self-funding within the first year.
Take the first step toward releasing more cash from your operations. Contact us today for a complimentary cash flow analysis.