Accounts Payable Specialist, Atlanta, GA - April 18, 2017
When it comes to working capital optimization, however, increasing payables should be a core strategy. To be sure, many businesses work this strategy by extending payables as long as possible to maximize free cash flow. Unfortunately, this approach is not always the right one. In some cases, delaying payment can erode supplier goodwill, resulting in slower delivery times, less willingness to fix defects, slower responses to queries and more onerous payment terms. On the flip side, paying early can sometimes yield substantial benefits in situations where suppliers offer discounts or rebates for early payment.