Supply chain optimization and working capital management are high on the agenda of corporate boards, especially in today’s world of global economic and geopolitical shifts. Addressing this universal problem is Calculum, a fintech Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) company headquartered in Miami. Calculum is leveraging advanced analytics, proprietary data assets, and artificial intelligence (AI) to transform the way organizations optimize payment terms, free up cash flow, and improve sustainability.
Vestigo Ventures, a leading investor in the fintech market, recently led the seed round, with participation from Nevcaut Ventures, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, XBTO Humla Ventures, and KD Venture Partners. Calculum counts several large multinational companies among its clients and has data on more than a million suppliers with the ability to cover up to 100% of a typical corporation’s global supplier list.
Payment terms form an integral part of any business-to-business (B2B) relationship, affecting cash flow, profitability, sales growth, credit, and supply risk with an impact on a company’s shareholder value. Whether a company has 50, 500, or 50,000 suppliers, Calculum’s technology can slice the data in a myriad of ways and generate customized programs based on the goals of treasury and procurement teams.
How Calculum Works
Calculum’s ADA Platform identifies up to 20% in free cash flow for every supplier spend volume analyzed. The platform provides insights enabling treasury and procurement teams to compare with their peers and find pockets of opportunity right down to the supplier level. Calculum then delivers automated scripts tailored to each supplier that include all the necessary arguments teams need to negotiate better terms with confidence and gain a competitive advantage.
The AI-driven treasury solution performs consistent data enhancement and normalization, providing enriched insights in real-time. Leveraging AI, Calculum also helps companies achieve a microunderstanding of their financial supply chain and cash flow position. It helps companies take control of their working capital, not just as a project but as an embedded, enterprise-wide process.
Sustainability and ESG in Supply Chain Management
In KPMG’s 2022 Global Supply Chain Trends Survey, 53% of organizations plan to increase their focus on sustainable sourcing. “ESG is becoming an increasingly important factor in procurement negotiations,” says Oliver Belin, founder and CEO of Calculum. “Using Calculum, procurement, and treasury teams can collaborate on optimizing terms aligned to the ESG ratings of their suppliers in any given country and industry. They can benchmark their terms versus peers and have all essential data such as credit ratings and commodity information at their fingertips.”
The Importance of Working Capital Management
Calculating and negotiating the most favorable payment terms between suppliers can optimize working capital, increase margins, and reduce risks and costs for businesses across the globe. This is particularly important in an environment of elevated interest rates and borrowing costs. The AI-driven treasury solution from Calculum is the technology that finance, procurement, and supply chain executives need to generate free cash flow and remain competitive.
Calculum’s AI-driven treasury solution provides companies with a powerful tool to manage their financial supply chain and optimize their working capital. By leveraging advanced analytics, proprietary data assets, and AI, Calculum is enabling companies to improve their payment terms, free up cash flow, and improve sustainability. With the recent seed round investment led by Vestigo Ventures, Calculum is poised to expand its reach and continue to innovate in the fintech market.
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