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Does the finance chalice pass SCM by?

The rapid proliferation of digital technology in recent years has disrupted global trade and supply chains. As we continue to embrace this transformation, we are ushering in a new era of flexibility in business operations, shattering traditional barriers, and redefining industry standards. As the industry continues to embrace these advancements, we stand at the precipice of a new era in global trade characterized by unprecedented speed, agility, and efficiency. In traditional frameworks, supply chains were primarily viewed as linear processes that involved physical components. In traditional frameworks, supply chains were primarily viewed as linear processes that involved physical components. However, this limited perspective has led to one of the underlying challenges in supply chain management. The discipline of supply chain management has long been strongly associated with logistics, overlooking the broader aspects of a comprehensive supply chain strategy. This narrow focus became e
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