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KOCH INVESTS: Smarter Supply Chains With Arkestro

KOCH INVESTS: Smarter Supply Chains With Arkestro

Published 09-19-22

Submitted by Koch Industries

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Koch Disruptive Technologies is co-leading a $26 million Series A funding round in Arkestro. Through its predictive procurement orchestration platform, Arkestro automatically and intelligently helps customers save on costs while improving supply chain performance.

HOW IT WORKS: Arkestro engages a proprietary blend of behavioral science, game theory and machine learning to help businesses better manage their supply chains against their goals. It provides external validation and improved data quality by unifying data for real-time visibility across suppliers, spend and contract terms. The software connects with most enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions.

  • For Arkestro customer Box, the software has resulted in supplier equity and diversity that is above market average, and has improved its control over its supply chain.

WHY IT MATTERS: Resilient supply chains and nimble procurement processes are essential to business success. Arkestro’s platform intelligently leverages data to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes across supply chains. Customers say the software makes them faster and creates greater transparency across their entire supplier ecosystem.

  • “Suppliers get faster purchase orders. Procurement gets faster savings, and the business ultimately gets the parts and services they need to please their customers,” Arkestro CEO Edmund Zagorin told TechCrunch.

WHY KOCH INVESTED: “We see significant potential for Arkestro and its technology platform in the supply chain; notably in terms of the value it will bring to the procurement market to help enterprises realize increased efficiencies and savings in their operations,” says Byron Knight, COO and managing director at Koch Disruptive Technologies. “KDT and Koch Industries have numerous investments and operations across the supply chain, and we're excited to help Arkestro explore the potential applicability of its solutions.”

KDT co-led the round with NEA, Construct and Four More Capital, a division of Henry Crown & Company, with participation from existing seed vendors Cervin, Correlation, El Cap, Forum, Illuminate and Tenacity.

THE BOTTOM LINE: For Arkestro, the investment represents additional validation of predictive procurement orchestration as a market category and its ability to help businesses spend more efficiently. For its customers, it’s a game-changer in helping them optimize their supply chains.

  • “Our customers’ success is now creating a movement among investors that truly understand the transformative value of machine learning to drive continuous improvement in any procurement, sourcing and purchasing cycle,” Edmund says.

GO DEEPER: KDT’s investments in the logistics space now span procurement to delivery. Read more from Byron on KDT’s investments across the supply chain.

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