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When it comes to metrics that matter, the cash-to-cash cycle is one of the top metrics cited by supply chain professionals. It is among the best financial metrics to provide a comprehensive picture of a company’s supply chain and the management of working capital.
The supply chain is a complex system. Successful management requires both orchestration and balance. To drive supply chain excellence, companies are required to balance four competing priorities: growth, profitability, cycle management and complexity. Several popular metrics, including the cash-to-cash cycle, for a variety of industries are presented in table 1.