Eka supply chain solutions provider goes on a hiring spree
It seems to only make sense that after one very complex year, , the leading cloud platform for supply chain management that helps supply chain and financial management overcome complex challenges, has announced plans to increase its global headcount with more than 100 new hires. The new hires result from the growth Eka has experienced in its commodity and direct materials sectors and represents a 25 per cent increase to its workforce.
Investing nearly 30 per cent of its profits into research and development, Eka holds a strong focus on innovation. And it’s paid off. Over the next ten months, the company plans to expand its employee base across product development, sales, delivery and support.
2020 was a banner year for Eka. Thanks to increasing demand for digitisation, and a heightened need for resiliency, Eka added $70 million in Total Contract Value (TCV) and enjoyed a 60% increase in Annual Contract Value (ACV).
Earlier this year, Eka took an innovative cloud-based approach to helping organisations accelerate digital transformation and build resiliency quickly through automated workflows. Mission Digital is a user friendly interface that enables collaboration and unifies employees, processes and technology, allowing instant access to suppliers and buyers across a global supply network.
Rajesh Jagannathan, Eka Chief Operating Officer, said, "Eka is focused on redefining the digital experience for our customers by delivering an end-to-end platform for commodities and direct materials across agriculture, energy, metals and mining. As we ready ourselves to deliver an expanded product offering, we are actively growing our team to meet the needs and exceed the servicing expectations of our discerning customer base."
Eka will also be adding more offerings on its Cloud Platform, including enhanced commodity trading & risk management (CTRM) solutions and E-sourcing for direct material procurement.
Looking to help its customers solve yet another massive supply chain challenge, Eka will be launching a suite of sustainability and ESG solutions to help mitigate risks and visualize ethical sourcing and carbon emissions and monitor against strategy in the use of energy and resources.
How Covid-19 Shook Up the Who's Who of American Retail
According to the new Digital Commerce 360 Top 500 analysis report, the massive shift in ecommerce habits due to COVID-19 resulted in a windfall for the US’s largest retailers, including Amazon, Walmart and Target.
The study found that the top 500 companies generated a combined total of $849.5 billion in online sales in 2020, representing a 45.3 per cent increase YoY, the largest jump since Digital Commerce 360 began tracking the statistic in 2006 and more than double the median growth of 18.0% seen over the last decade.
Although retailers of all sizes saw an uptick from online sales, in large part, throughout the pandemic, customers looked to familiar big name brands to fulfil much of their essential needs. Demand for items began to spike as manufacturing in Asia was forced to shut down, causing supply chain shortages. As large retailers tend to hold more inventory, this became a crucial differentiator for customers, says Digital Commerce 360.
Combined, Walmart Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Target Corp. added $265 billion in US revenue to the $791.70 billion U.S. ecommerce market in 2020, accounting for a third of the market.
Considering the need for people to stay busy during lockdowns as well as the requirements of homeschooling, it’s not surprising Joann, a crafting company, showed the fastest online growth of Digital Commerce 360’s top 500.
- In 2019, the bottom 100 of the top 500 registered the fastest growth while the top 100 showing the slowest growth rate. In 2020, however, the analysis showed the opposite, the top 100 largest companies grew at a rate greater than that of the whole, and the top 10 on the list enjoyed a growth rate even faster than the top 100.
- In 2020, collectively the top 10 grew web sales 52.5%, almost five percentage points faster than the top 100 and accounted for 62.8% of Top 500 sales, up from 59.9% in 2019.
- Who made the top 10 was shaken up some. For example, Walmart made it into the second spot, both Kroger Co. and Costco Wholesale Corp. crept into the top 10 for the first time, landing at No. 8 and No. 10 respectively
Segments of retail that enjoyed fueled courtesy of COVID included toys and hobbies, jumping an average of 24 spots in the rankings and food and beverage merchants moved up an average 23 ranks. In contrast, apparel retailers dropped an average 15 positions in the Top 500, whereas jewellery retailers fell an average of 10 spots.
Although Digital Commerce 360 attributes some of the growth to stock positions and the ability of large retailers to manage supply chain issues, even the largest internet retailer experienced disruption. In March of 2020, during the first save of the US pandemic, even the Amazonian giant found themselves running into meeting customer commitments and delivering orders on time. Order cancellations and extended lead times became commonplace. For a time, Amazon stopped fulfilling orders for items considered “non-essential”.
Despite the issues, Amazon maintained its spot as the top online retailer in North America by a large margin, representing 35.7% of all Top 500 sales. Although it should be noted that the share is down from the 36.7% it saw in 2019.
At the outset of the pandemic Etsy, a solely ecommerce company focused on handmade, vintage items and craft supplies, was expected to perform poorly. However, as supply chain shortages for face masks caused a sudden need for cloth masks, many began to turn to Etsy, tripling its stock value by June.