Work Better, Together. Collaborating to improve asset turnover

Fiercer competition and wider access to more broadly available market data continue to erode profit margins for traders across a wide range of commodities. As the competitive advantage traders used to hold in having access to proprietary information or in gaining access to industry news sooner is diluted by its broader availability and distribution amongst more market players as a result of new transparency regulations and technology, it’s more important than ever to find new strategies to deliver profitability.

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Commodity Management Software in Biomass Trading

Most traders are aware of Commodity Trading and Risk Management (CTRM) systems and the advantages they can provide, as a good CTRM can improve risk management, trade volumes and profitability.

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Biomass generators need contract management technology

Biomass power generation provides many benefits to producers and consumers. But as with any fuel type, it has its own unique challenges, whether in a unit converted from the use of coal or in a purpose-built biomass facility.

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Operational risk in 2020: lessons from the last year

At Gen10, we believe that commodity management technology should help organisations manage operational risk to a far greater extent than many CTRM systems currently allow. We have been promoting the advantages of proactive operational risk through digital transformation for several years and so are delighted that 2019 was the year that operational risk was placed firmly on the industry agenda.

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There is no place for repository-style CTRM systems in today’s commodity supply chains

Commodity supply chains are under pressure. This is nothing new. But what is new is the scale of the challenges the industry is facing and the wide range of factors impacting on global commodities. From political uncertainty regarding trade tariffs, to changing consumer demand patterns and increased global competition, the price pressure is on the industry, who need to maintain their profitability in the face of shrinking margins.

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Biomass Sustainability: supply chains for 2020 and beyond

Environmental issues and climate change have played a larger role in the public consciousness in 2019 than possibly ever before. From Greta Thunberg’s Nobel Peace Prize nomination to the Extinction Rebellion protests that culminated in over 1,100 arrests in just one week in London, 2019 has been a year of climate activism. And within the biomass industry, where European subsidies in particular are closely linked to environmental issues and renewable energy targets, debate continues over how environmentally friendly biomass power generation really is.

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CTRM for Metals - What is it and why is it needed?

In recent years, the metals CTRM debate has shifted away from “spreadsheet vs CTRM” as most organisations, even if they are not already using the technology, understand at least some of the benefits of efficient, process-automating commodity management technology.

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Why Choose a Cloud CTRM?

In both personal and business environments, cloud computing is already everywhere. If you have watched Netflix, asked Siri a question or played music on an Amazon Alexa device, you have taken advantage of the speed and flexibility of cloud computing. The cloud offers businesses many benefits compared to traditional, on premise IT solutions, including scalability, business continuity and more flexible access. Yet despite these (and other) benefits, not all CTRM providers offer a cloud solution.

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Data visibility in biomass; improve risk, traceability & profitability

Demand for biomass energy generation continues to rise sharply. The use of bioenergy for electricity grew by 98% between 2008 and 2015, and the market for wood pellets in particular is expected to grow to $6150 million by 2024, up from $4120 in 2019. This provides many opportunities for biomass and energy traders, but it does also mean that the challenges the industry faces are changing as well. From increasing regulation to new players and changing market mechanisms, biomass companies need to be prepared to meet these new challenges as well as capitalise on new opportunities.

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Experience real-time reconciliation with CommOS

Reporting, reconciliations and audit can be among some of the most stressful and time-consuming tasks for those working in the metals supply chain; particularly when things have gone wrong and the numbers simply will not reconcile.

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