Letter of Credit Trade finance as a whole had been struggling to traverse the divide into the digital age until it got a boost from blockchain technology. The Letter of… read more →
To advance trade finance’s digital transformation, financial institutions and technology providers alike are ramping up efforts to cooperate through a number of consortiums. But, to ensure these various initiatives do not create a cluster of “digital islands”, a more joined-up approach is required.
Over the past 2-3 decades there have been many attempts to digitise parts of the trade and trade finance process, but it’s the complexity of trade that remains the challenge. Most successful attempts at digitisation have had to bite off a small piece of the problem and this has led to silos or what I call a ‘digital island’ phenomena.
A Bill of Lading (abbreviated to B/L) is one of the most important documents in the global trade transactions. A B/L has 3 basic purposes or roles: Evidence of Contract of Carriage… read more →
We heard from Bolero’s Jacco de Jong at the BCR Supply Chain forum in London. Bolero has a vision for trade digitisation. Bolero is about connecting parties, banks and networks… read more →
Whether you are an owner of a large factory, an eBay or ecommerce seller or a farmer, logistics will be the backbone of your business. It doesn’t matter how good… read more →
The “bitcoin mania” – referring to the tulip mania of the seventeenth century – has lost its momentum. However, what should really be looked at is the technology behind the… read more →
We spoke to Jacco de Jong, Managing Director, essDOCS Consulting about his history and career in trade finance, as well as his views on recent changes and the future of… read more →