Reduce food waste through automation
Shelf Engine is transforming how grocery stores buy highly perishables.
We help our customers significantly increase profits and drastically reduce food waste in thousands of retail locations across the country.
in a triple win—
Make better decisions.
Be furiously curious.
Commit and deliver.
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Nothing makes us prouder than the results we’ve achieved for our customers and our planet — and we’re just getting started.
food waste prevented
saved per category,
per store, per week
There’s got to be a better way… Stefan discovered the problem of food waste firsthand while running Molly’s, a grab & go food company he started in 2009. By 2014 Stefan had grown the company to over 400 regional retail locations, but ordering accurately proved to be challenging. Molly’s food waste was at 28% and was eating into their bottom line.
Hungry for a better solution, Stefan talked to his friend (and Co-Founder) Bede Jordan about the problem. At the time, Bede was working at Microsoft as the HoloLens Principle Software Engineering Lead. With Stefan’s actuarial science background and Bede’s engineering brilliance, they were able to build a model and app to considerably improve perishable food forecasting. The result? Cutting Molly’s food waste in half, down to 13%.
In 2016, Stefan and Bede quit their day jobs to launch Shelf Engine with the mission of transforming the food supply chain by helping grocery stores reduce waste and increase sales through intelligent forecasting. Today Shelf Engine is managing orders for top grocers in thousands of stores nationwide, drastically increasing grocer profits and sales by minimizing shrink and out-of-stocks. Come join us on our mission to reduce food waste through automation.
Shelf Engine is incorporated and moves into first office…in a basement
Hire first employee
First customer, Metier Cafe
Joined YC S18 cohort
Raise $4.3M seed round
First national client, Whole Foods
Raise $12M Series A and launch of the Shelf Engine field team
Team reaches 100 employees
Raise $41M Series B to further transform the grocery supply chain
Team tops 200 employees