Navigating seasonal variations with smart working capital management

1 Mar 2024

Take a proactive approach to counteracting the impact of seasonal fluctuations with our blog on how to manage working capital the smart way.

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Are you doing enough to face seasonal fluctuations head-on at your business?

Seasonal variations can significantly impact your business’s working capital. Fluctuations in cash flow, inventory levels, and accounts receivable can occur due to seasonal variations. For example, just across the pond, stockouts, when a product becomes unavailable due to being sold out, cost North American retailers $300 billion a year

To counteract the impact of seasonal fluctuations and maintain stability, a proactive approach is vital. 

How do seasonal variations impact your business funds?

Changes in season inherently bring changes to your business. 

During peak seasons, increased demand may require higher levels of inventory, tying up capital in stock, while extended credit terms to stimulate sales can lead to delayed accounts receivable, affecting liquidity

On the other hand, off-peak seasons may result in excess inventory, increased operational costs, and reduced cash flow. As a result, your business may find itself in need of extra funding and resources to stay afloat during the ebb and flow of seasonal demand.

What is smart working capital management?

Smart working capital management refers to the strategic approach for optimising your day-to-day funds. 

This proactive approach aims to optimise your cash flow management, helping you to overcome challenges like extended payment terms or fluctuating demand. 

One key element of smart working capital management during seasonal changes is forecasting. 

Accurate and detailed forecasting helps you anticipate upcoming highs and lows in demand, allowing you to plan ahead, as well as allocate your budget and resources accordingly. 

Adopting capabilities like advanced data analytics and predictive modelling can help you develop more precise forecasts that consider historical trends, market conditions, and other relevant factors that may impact your business on a seasonal basis. 

Additionally, your smart working capital strategy can optimise inventory levels via data analytics and advanced forecasting capabilities as well. In turn, you can ensure your product levels match demand while simultaneously maintaining efficient and satisfactory supplier relationships.  

Managing accounts receivable is another critical aspect of working capital during seasonal variations. Businesses often extend credit terms to customers during peak seasons to stimulate sales. However, this practice can lead to delayed cash inflows, affecting liquidity. 

Implementing efficient credit policies, conducting credit risk assessments, and utilising technology for streamlined invoicing and collections are essential components of smart working capital management. 

Smart working capital management begins with the cloud

Technology has an undoubtedly pivotal role to play in smart working capital management. 

Specifically, the cloud offers many crucial capabilities that can optimise your approach to working capital management – for example, AI compatibility, automation, machine learning, and advanced data functions. 

Cloud-based solutions also offer real-time data accessibility, enabling accurate forecasting and immediate decision-making. With scalable computing power, you can adapt to varying workloads during peak and off-peak seasons, optimising resource allocation and avoiding unnecessary infrastructure costs.

Bolster your smart working capital strategy with Funding Cloud

At Funding Options by Tide, our Funding Cloud solution provides you with a reliable business lending platform designed to break down funding barriers and empower your decision-making. 

With the Funding Cloud platform, you can pave a clear path to financial freedom for your business.

Discover more about the Funding Cloud lending platform today, or contact Funding Options by Tide to learn more about how you can optimise your cash flow management with a business loan.  

Please note that the information above is not intended to be financial advice. You should seek independent financial advice before making any decisions about your financial future.

It’s important to remember that all loans and credit agreements come with risks. These risks include non-payment and late-payment of the agreed repayment plan, which could affect your business credit score and impact your ability to find future funding. Always read the terms and conditions of every loan or credit agreement before you proceed. Contact us for support if you ever face difficulties making your repayments.

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