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  • The Check Is in the Web

    With a little diplomacy — and a bit of arm twisting — companies get vendors to join new accounts-payable networks. January 17, 2007

  • How Low Can It Go? The 2006 Working Capital Scorecard

    Companies continue to reduce working-capital levels, and they have 450 billion reasons to keep at it. September 1, 2006

  • Fast Payments Hurt Tech Firm Cash Flows

    A widespread cash flow drop among technology companies isn't a sign of trouble in the industry. Rather, it's the result of a shift in working capital practices. July 26, 2006

  • Days of Delinquency

    While finance chiefs and credit managers routinely consult "days sales outstanding" numbers to judge how efficient their companies' collection operations are, DSO tells only part of the story. March 13, 2006

  • Sitting Tight: The 2005 Capital Spending Scorecard

    Our second annual capital spending scorecard shows that many, if not most, companies have reason to be wary about new spending. December 29, 2005

  • Comparing Performance When Invested Capital Is Low

    Return on capital is the benchmark for comparing performance between businesses. But new math is needed when a company's capital intensity is low. November 15, 2005

  • Capital Ideas: The 2005 Working Capital Survey

    Despite cheap credit and surplus cash, companies still find plenty of reasons to improve operational efficiency. September 12, 2005

  • Capital Ideas: A Little Cash'll Do Ya

    Facing narrowing funding options, some successful small businesses hit an inventory-financing wall when they're about to grow. One new-old solution: venture merchant financing. March 3, 2005

  • Start with Demand

    Demand-driven manufacturing is radically altering how some businesses serve customers. January 11, 2005

  • Measure Performance with the Right Data

    Acquiring and managing accurate data on working capital is the first step toward improved performance. New, custom metrics and greater transparency can demonstrate the importance of working capital management to the overall business. December 29, 2004

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