SINGAPORE, 14th AUGUST 2020 – As the first half of 2020 saw the eCommerce & retail landscapes changing profoundly due to the global crisis, Anchanto, a Singapore-based B2B software-as-a-service (SaaS) company specialising in eCommerce technology, managed to keep scaling and turned profitable. Anchanto also announced today that it received new C-funding as part of its ongoing Series C round, totalling S$16.6 million raised till date. Taking part in the C-funding round were Asendia, a joint-venture of the French National Post La Poste and State-run Swiss Post, and MDI Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Indonesian telco firm Telkom Indonesia.
Anchanto will use the funds to strengthen its research & development portfolio to launch two new products, build data platform and expand to three more markets. The company will also invest in hiring skilled talents to enhance and accelerate the launch of its new products into markets – especially with the demand for SaaS solutions on the rise.
"Achieving profitability in these times is an excellent performance; I feel this is a more significant achievement than raising USD 12M in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. We are a capital-efficient company. 100% of our revenue comes from a SaaS subscription with a high gross margin; we do not buy inventory or run services shops or warehouses", said Vaibhav Dabhade, CEO and Founder of Anchanto. It took strong resilience, deep understanding of product design, engineering, marketing, sales, account management, and solid teamwork across seven countries to reach here.
This round also marks the start of Anchanto’s partnership with Asendia AG, an European cross-border eCommerce shipping and mail services giant, as a new shareholder. Aligned with Anchanto’s unique approach to raise C-funding from its key customers, Asendia is the fourth customer to turn into a shareholder after MDI (Telkom Indonesia), Transcosmos Japan, and Luxasia. MDI Ventures is a corporate venture capital initiative by Telkom Indonesia – which increased its stake further by adding to their existing investment. Marc Pontet, CEO of Asendia, and Donald Wihardja, CEO of MDI Ventures will be joining Anchanto’s board.
"Asendia intends to continue its journey along the cross-border eCommerce value chain and support the growth of an innovative technology company serving the international growth of global brands. We have high hopes for further co-operation with Anchanto and we expect that we are going to create additional growth and synergies for the company thanks to our logistics and technology capabilities". said Marc Pontet, CEO of Asendia.
"We are pleased to have Asendia invest into Anchanto’s vision. Asendia Singapore's cross border eCommerce operations have been running on Anchanto Wareo and SelluSeller platform for over two years now. Asendia 100% owns wnDirect- which happens to be our customer for over six years. We see investment from Asendia as our gateway to European markets. 70% + of investment in Anchanto has been from our customers, which is a great testimony of how powerful and stable our platforms are and the trust global companies have in us".– Vaibhav added.
"In the current digitalization era, the necessity of multiple retailers and brands to go Omni Channel path is highly critical, especially with the current pandemic where the shift to online sales is inevitable. Anchanto's robust platforms are well position to highly capitalize this "New Normal" to tackle massive problems that are not only faced in Indonesia but also globally. We are also excited to welcome our new partner, Asendia, who will help to bring Anchanto enterprise grade solutions beyond SEA and the world"., said Donald Wihardja, CEO of MDI Ventures.
As of last year, Anchanto’s platforms have helped streamline the eCommerce operations of more than 12,000 business and sellers consisting of over 300 global enterprises. Anchanto’s customers manage over 67 million+ stock keeping units (SKUs) and 115 million+ listings, and have processed a combined Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) of nearly US $2.71 billion via their platforms. Sellers process over 4 million orders per week on Anchanto’s systems, averaging at 1.6 order processed every second.
Anchanto’s highly stable platforms have been built to handle massive volumes for enterprise customers and hence played key roles in defining the company’s success. Approximately 13 million+ API calls are triggered from the SelluSeller platform every single day. During peak seasons, this increases up to around 27 million+ API calls per day.
The company’s cutting-edge SaaS offerings – which are developed in-house – simplify backend operations and help enterprises achieve unprecedented productivity through automated eCommerce management. This includes Anchanto’s flagship product, SelluSeller, which is an online multi-channel eCommerce management software as well as a mobile application; and Wareo, a full-suite warehouse management system that helps businesses manage B2B and B2C operations through a single system, making fulfilment seamless.
Anchanto currently serves a massive customer base comprising global players (including three Fortune 500 companies) such as Nestle, Pos Malaysia, GreatDeals, Luxasia, DKSH, DHL eCommerce, Bench Retail, MYDIN, and more. Having established a strong foothold in Southeast Asia, Anchanto has recently expanded into the Korea & ANZ region and will be looking to explore other markets within the greater Asia-Pacific region and Europe in the future.
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