Janus (pronounced [ˈjaːnʊs]) is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, frames, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. 

The future of supply chain

Janus enables companies to build global supply chain networks that scale with demand. Going from prototype to mass production has never been easier, for both start-ups and enterprises. Janus integrates your existing partners and tools, into a powerful and intuitive ecosystem that you can understand, control, customise and grow on-demand. 

While the availability and delivery of goods, that we as customers want, appears to be a trivial and seamless experience, this couldn’t be farther from the truth when looking beneath the surface. Every item that gets delivered to your porch, relies on complex networks of factories that source, store, transform and advance increasingly sophisticated components through lengthy and outdated processes, which oftentimes involve phone calls, emails, spreadsheets and endless negotiations. 

From the first prototype design to an assembled and packaged product that is sent your way, it can take companies months and even years. Both small and large businesses end up building large and complex procurement and sourcing departments that are tasked with finding reliable partners that can provide timely and qualitative raw materials, consistently and at excellent prices. However, an unexpected storm, drought, changing regulations, hazardous events or unnoticeable errors, in an otherwise traditional systems, can cause lengthy delays that ripple throughout the supply chain, affecting companies’ reputation, resulting in cancelled orders and leaving you frustrated.  

While massive enterprise such as Apple, Microsoft and Toyota have spent billions and decades on developing extensive global sourcing, purchasing and procurement departments, which can deal with thousands of suppliers, in-house, the average producer is stuck trying to compete by spending their limited resources on finding and qualifying suppliers, negotiating rigid contracts, and adopting complex and expensive enterprise software. Building a set of best practices and procedures can take years and when key people leave the organisation, most of this knowledge is lost. This leaves producers with an inflexible and fragile supply chain, making it impossible to continue to grow and compete in an ecosystem with increasingly demanding buyers and customers. 

The challenges of a rigid supply chain have become an unavoidable reality for both producers and customers who struggled to survive during the 2020 pandemic and the multiple waves of national and international restrictions. An increasingly large number of producers realised their over-reliance on off-shored direct purchases and are now pressured to stabilise their operations by integrating near-shore, shorter and less complex supply chains. A once reliable just-in-time production system has been disrupted by rapidly changing demand patterns across all the main distribution channels. 

Managing highly complex supply chain networks requires large capital investments in infrastructure, training programmes, software and coordination, which can oftentimes distract from companies’ core mission – to deliver excellent products that customers can be excited about. 

This is a historical opportunity for leading companies to change and transition from manual processes, legacy tools and outdated software to a modern platform that is flexible and scales with their needs and supports them from 0 to $bln. 

At Janus, we are building a scalable, modular and intelligent supply chain architecture that companies can use to understand, integrate, manage, optimise and de-risk their source-to-fulfil operations. By using Janus, companies can build world-class supply chain networks and unify their existing vendors, in significantly less time, and at a fraction of the cost of on-premise solutions. 

Traditionally, building and integrating source-to-fulfil solutions required significant time and capital investments. Finding, managing and changing vendors based on the fluctuating needs of the business, while assuring high quality standards and reliability, is expensive, time-consuming and involves the integration of legacy and improvised systems that are cumbersome and unfit for purpose. Our cloud-based no code solution integrates with existing tools and services for providing a unified architecture that abstracts complexity and enables the orchestration of convoluted supply chain decisions. Supply chains diagnostic and adjustments are a few clicks away and brands’ vendor interactions are informed by relevant news from their network. Janus is enabling a pay-on-demand configuration that grows with a brand’s requirements, from start-up to scale-up and enterprise. 

Janus is driven to equalise the playing field for brands of all sizes, starting with source-to-procure. Our vision is to build, automate and empower the world’s largest and most connected network of vendors, in a $1Tn+ global supply chain market. 

Re-building the world’s largest and most fascinating industry is a monumental task, requiring outstanding talent, expertise and the right capital. 

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