Leveraging Cloud and Data Science to Manage Demand Spikes

Leveraging Cloud and Data Science to Manage Demand Spikes

Noida-based Moglix has played a pivotal role in transforming B2B commerce since its launch in 2015. Having achieved the distinction of becoming the first unicorn in the industrial B2B commerce platform in the manufacturing space, the company is experimenting with a slew of technologies to manage data and the spikes between the business cycles while providing a consistent user experience.

“If you look at the 100% of the orders that we process in a month, the first half of the month is slightly leaner, where we would do about 25% of the transactions. Maybe in the next five days, we will do an additional 25%, and during the last 5-10 days, a big chunk of transactions will occur,”

says Puneet Kumar, VP Tech, Moglix

“There is much information moving to and fro between systems, and a lot of them are financial in nature, having very core data from the customer side, the supplier side. So, there is much focus on the security of the systems we take care of really well. As we start transacting with more and more businesses, the volume of data that we are storing is also going up. So, again, efficient cloud models will enable us to scale up those demands,”

Kumar adds.

The company says that it follows security at multiple levels, such as data encryption, which happens at the application and network level, two-factor authentication levels, and making data as granular as possible based on the user’s role. Kumar also talks about how Moglix ensures a consistent and integrated user-centric and cross-channel customer experience.

Leadership in 2022: Building Workplace Resilience

Leadership in 2022: Building Workplace Resilience

One of the leaders I have greatly admired is the late former prime minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri who was not only a phenomenal global leader but was also known for employing humility and good governance in his playbook to bring many structural reforms in the Indian economy and lead the way for India in times of crisis. 

Every leader has a unique way of handling a crisis – and what differentiates good leaders from others is the way they lead in times of adversity, turn obstacles into opportunities, and navigate the way ahead for their workforce. 

But it’s easier said than done. 

Sometimes in adversity, leadership can be in a crisis too. 

Adapt and Evolve

India, which did not manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE), went from just three lakh PPE kits in January 2020 to becoming the world’s second-largest PPE manufacturer, producing 450,000 units daily within a year. As the demand for PPE skyrocketed, Indian businesses leaned on innovative approaches to repurpose their own production lines to meet this excessive demand and ensure business continuity. While a number of alcohol manufacturers set up labs to manufacture sanitizers, some textile manufacturers repurposed their factories to churn out protective gear. This adaptive approach to leadership displayed by Indian manufacturers allowed them to understand the risks quickly, reduce dependence on external procurement, and emerge profitable. 

Empathize and Nurture

Nurturing employee well-being also became critical to developing workplace resilience. Even when the pandemic ruptured our personal lives and health, proactive leaders were busy developing remote workflows and setting up flexible working environments to create clear and frequent lines of communication. Sharing tales of courage and countless stories of kindness rekindled hope and faith among employees while monthly meetings, informal virtual connect sessions and mental health programs created a positive momentum on overall employee wellbeing in the hybrid working model. 

Building a future-ready business 

Make products that your customers want and will need in the future. Innovation will be key to lead this transformation. For businesses to scale further in the post-pandemic environment, leaders will be required to employ strategic levers which will drive the maximum impact required for the business to thrive. They will need to experiment small and scale big, making sure the budgets are being utilized in the right way. They will have to get creative and explore newer distribution channels, tap into their network, and be unafraid to disrupt or get disrupted. Only then will we emerge stronger and lead the way for a revitalized supply chain business and leadership in 2022.

Building Infrastructure To Connect India’s Highways to the Global Supply Chain

Building Infrastructure To Connect India’s Highways to the Global Supply Chain

At 14 per cent, India has one of the highest logistics costs relative to GDP. Similarly, India’s power cost as a percentage of GDP is also among the highest in the world. This has limited the competitiveness of India’s products in the past. For India to be a manufacturing global superpower, infrastructure creation is the foundation.

By connecting India’s upcoming cities to better opportunities for domestic trade it will enable business continuity. Infra-building initiatives like the 100 Smart Cities Mission and the PLI scheme covering 13 sub-sectors will enable Indian manufacturing to widen its footprint into tier-2 and tier-3 cities. 

Infrastructure creation will enable small and large manufacturers in India to connect to EXIM trade opportunities. Robust infrastructure for EXIM trade such as airports, ports, inland container depots, and logistics parks will allow Indian manufacturing to leverage the untapped potential of MSME suppliers through greater local capacity utilisation. Infrastructure creation alone can contribute 4.5 per cent to India’s GDP growth rate every year. 

The lack of visibility into relevant metrics distorts the creditworthiness assessment of MSMEs and slows down the release of working capital. Agile cash flow is the fuel that India’s MSMEs need. A shift from offline to digital credit disbursal can strengthen MSMEs’ balance sheets. 

Digital supply chain financing platforms leverage dynamic metrics like cash flow to make credit approvals safer through more accurate underwriting and enable quick on-demand credit injection into MSMEs’ balance sheets. 

A switch from cash-based offline credit disbursal to digital supply chain financing can add three percent to India’s GDP every year. 

Digital transformation is the multiplier that will bring these together to work seamlessly for us and our partners across the world. The time to make India a manufacturing superpower and create a “community of shared destiny” is now.

B2B Commerce Unicorn Moglix raises $250 Million in Series F funding

B2B Commerce Unicorn Moglix raises $250 Million in Series F funding

Moglix, the industrial B2B startup for manufacturing and supply chain ecosystem, has raised $250 million in its latest Series F funding round, stands at a valuation of $2.6 billion. This round of investment was led by Tiger Global and Alpha Wave Global with Hong Kong based-investment firm Ward Ferry coming on board as a new investor.

Early investors, who had invested in Moglix during the seed stage have seen an 80X return on their investment in this B2B commerce firm. Moglix is one of India’s largest and fastest-growing B2B Commerce companies. It works with manufacturing and infrastructure companies to transform their end-to-end supply chain, from procurement to distribution. In May 2021, Moglix became the first B2B Commerce unicorn or a startup with over $1 billion valuation, in the manufacturing sector, raising $120 million.

“We are happy to have the continued support and faith of our investors, customers, suppliers and team. We are excited to welcome Ward Ferry onboard. We are focused on our mission to enable the creation of a $1 trillion manufacturing ecosystem in India,”

Rahul Garg, CEO & Founder, Moglix

The firm is backed by marquee global investors such as Tiger Global, Alpha Wave Global, Sequoia, Accel Partners, International Finance Corporation and Harvard Management Company Industry stalwart. Also, Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons had invested in the start-up in 2016. Leaders from the start-up and manufacturing communities such as Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Vikrampati Singhania, Shailesh Rao have been investors in Moglix.

Rahul Garg, CEO, Moglix: On A Mission To Impact 100 Million Lives By 2030

Rahul Garg, CEO, Moglix: On A Mission To Impact 100 Million Lives By 2030

Rahul Garg is raring to go. And he wants to do it quickly.

That’s why just a few months after his company Moglix became a unicorn, Garg set up the Mogli foundation, which will work with organizations to bring innovations in areas as diverse as health care, environment, and livelihood in the country. The idea came largely from his own experience in India’s fight with the second wave of Covid-19.

“We want to now become the front and centre of everything manufacturing, procurement, and everything related to supply chain finance”

Rahul Garg, Founder, Moglix

India’s e-commerce B2B market is currently pegged at $1.7 billion, according to a report by consultancy firm RedSeer. It is expected to grow at an 80 percent compound annual rate (CAGR) to reach $60 billion by 2025. By comparison, the B2C e-commerce market is currently worth some $18 billion and is expected to grow at 40 percent CAGR. The country’s offline B2B market itself was estimated to be worth some $700 billion in 2018-19.

“It’s still very early days and I think the idea is can we impact 100 million lives by 2030 in a positive manner across health care, environment, and livelihood,” Garg says. “We have realized there is a larger purpose and larger objective that you can, as an organization, have to create impact.” 

The company has already launched operations in the UAE, a market it is now bullish on. It works with over 500 global enterprises to streamline their procurement and supply chain at more than 3,000 plants across infrastructure, metals and mining, oil and gas, chemicals, pharma, auto, and FMCG, among others. In addition, it also boasts a supply chain network of over 16,000 suppliers and over 35 warehouses.

Strategic Acquisition, Expansion and Scaling Up: Moglix Growth Action Plan in line

Strategic Acquisition, Expansion and Scaling Up: Moglix Growth Action Plan in line

Business-to-business (B2B) commerce platform Moglix, which stormed into the unicorn club this year after raising fresh funding at a valuation of $1 billion, expects to breakeven in 18-24 months even as it looks to make acquisitions, expand its categories and double down on its Middle East business.

“We have found that while today on the consumer side there is a lot of capability to get lending access in a fast manner from many platforms, the same thing on the B2B side is missing,”

Rahul Garg said

We believe that India has a $150-200 billion worth of financing need in the B2B space and there is at least $30-50 billion worth of need unfulfilled today. If we execute it properly, we are looking at $2 billion to be disbursed annually as part of the platform in 12-18 months.

Talking about his international plan and expansion in UAE, he added

“We entered the Middle East two months back. We have a team and a warehouse there and we are doubling down in the region. On the one hand, we have shipped to more than 120 countries over the last six years. We were shipping pandemic PPE (personal protective equipment) supplies in more than 25 countries. The other dimension is how our full-stack solutions in India are applicable across emerging markets (and how do we take it there).”

Moglix grew at 3x plus over the last 18 months as a company. We continue to scale our offering across multiple categories and there is always the unpredictability of what happens in the next few months but we are on track to grow 2-3x in this financial year. We have provided liquidity during the last two fundraisers to our employees. We cover 25-30% of our employees as part of the ESOP plan. We are continuing to double down. We would have announced Rs 30-40 crore worth of ESOPs. In the last 12 months, we hired more than 500 people. We aim to hire 300-400 people in the next six months. We didn’t do any layoffs during the pandemic.

How Augmented and Virtual Reality is becoming the future of manufacturing?

How Augmented and Virtual Reality is becoming the future of manufacturing?

The applications of AR and VR in various strata of the manufacturing sector can help it grow out of time-consuming, redundant cycles of functioning. AR is bringing precision to production and empowering workers with state-of-the-art methods for efficiency and ease. Through personalised guidance, automated support,better monitoring and analysis of faults & flaws, this technology assists people in focusing on their work and having an eye for detail. The ability of new-age technologies such as AI, Big Data and IoT to make manufacturing smarter and more inventive has received a lot of attention in recent years. And today, the potential of AR for manufacturing is only beginning to be explored, signalling enormous potential. Because of the development of sophisticated technology, every critical activity previously carried out by a time-consuming, manual method is now automated, simplified and painless. It is yet too early to tell if AR and VR investments indicate a coming revolution that will forever change manufacturing as we know it or if early adopters are experimenting. In any case, virtual technology in production is no longer just hype.

Road to the low-cost transition to Net-Zero lies via Value Engineering

Road to the low-cost transition to Net-Zero lies via Value Engineering

The Glasgow Climate Pact has made it clear that there is a universal mandate to get to net-zero emissions. However, each country will have its own timelines and trajectories. Through their regulatory mandates, governments will start clearing out carbon content from the supply chain, making space for green alternatives. Manufacturers will have to roll out innovative solutions with speed and scale to cash in on the opportunities.

Supply chains are subject to the bullwhip effect, where changes and errors accumulated upstream keep amplifying as we travel downstream. The way to accommodate this characteristic of supply chains is to develop digital solutions which allow flexible reallocation of resources and costs in response to real-time carbon emissions.

Optimizing the logistics planning for the delivery of goods for every procurement and distribution transaction is the first step in reducing the carbon footprint. Businesses will have to leverage data to map critical paths, container capacities, and multiple modes of logistics and choose the least cost-green logistics options.

Unicorn HR leader, Saumya Khare, talks about hiring trends and careers opportunities with startups

Unicorn HR leader, Saumya Khare, talks about hiring trends and careers opportunities with startups

Moglix is a technology-first company. The technology industry respects innovation and innovation at scale mandates skill over and above experience. As pioneers of digital supply chain transformation in India, we believe in challenging the status quo, conducting controlled experiments to explore new solutions that did not exist before. The skill set that our people  bring to the table is critical to our capabilities to bring new ideas, new products, and new solutions for the manufacturing supply chain.

Startups have been at the forefront of the new economy, creating tremendous value, creating some of the most amazingly useful and efficient solutions that have saved lives and livelihood of people. Starting your career at a start-up is an accelerator. 

While answering to the audience Saumya said

“To understand if a startup will scale up or not, you will have to go beyond the cosmetics and understand the business model. That will help you make an informed choice. All founders want their startups to scale and that is why they are passionate about building it from ground level. Ultimately, you need to judge if you are convinced about the business model & potential and it is aligned with your skill sets”

In the technology industry, new waves of innovation continuously shape the dynamics of who stands where.

To summarize she said “startups offer fantastic opportunities for learning, empowerment while working, opportunities to work in different segments of interest and a very fast paced environment where you can see the direct impact of your work, & are just not a cog in the wheel”

Moglix CEO Rahul Garg talks about Credlix’s growth plans, new acquisition

Moglix CEO Rahul Garg talks about Credlix’s growth plans, new acquisition

Credlix, the digital supply chain financing platform from Moglix, has entered the EXIM financing space, with its acquisition of NuPhi. The acquisition comes shortly after Moglix’s entry into the Middle East region. As Moglix continues to expand globally, it is focusing on strengthening its supply chain financing solutions to enable manufacturers easy access to cash flow for their growth. 

NuPhi is a Singapore based fintech start-up offering invoice factoring solutions to MSME exporters in India and SouthEast Asia. Founded in 2019, by Pramit Joshi and Mayur Totla, NuPhi offers cross border financing and SaaS applications to digitalize and automate EXIM workflows.

Elaborating on the decision to enter EXIM financing through the acquisition of NuPhi, CEO & Founder, Moglix, Rahul Garg said “As we continue to grow across verticals and geographies, we are building a single operating system for B2B commerce in the manufacturing sector. We are simplifying the flow of goods and value through our global supply chain to improve the ease of doing business. In NuPhi we have found a great team that is passionate about solving for credit access to MSMEs that is a key bottleneck in the global manufacturing supply chain.”