The purpose of this document is to summarize the results of the 2019-2020 research conducted by the Supply Chain Finance Observatory, which had the following objectives: measure the potential and serviced available Supply Chain Finance market at both an Italian and international level; define the criteria to select the SCF solution, both towards suppliers and customers that best suits different needs; understand the impact of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain on SCF solutions, as well as the effect of the introduction of mandatory Electronic Invoicing; define the link between SCF and Risk Management; delineate the main organizational models of SCF programs. The results obtained show how Supply Chain Finance is more and more mature, becoming a strategic managerial instrument.
• How much is the potential and served market of the SCF at Italian and worldwide level worth?
• What is the criteria used to select the SCF solution, both towards suppliers and customers, that best suits different needs? What is the criteria that suppliers use to decide whether or not to accept to participate in SCF programs?
• How are Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence revolutionizing SCF solutions? What has the impact on SCF solutions been more than a year after the introduction of mandatory Electronic Invoicing between individuals?
• What is the link between SCF and Risk Management, considering both the perspective of lenders and user companies?
• What are the main organizational models of SCF programs? What are the distinctive features and the main differences of each model?