Reduce food waste through automation
Shelf Engine is transforming how grocery stores buy highly perishables. Everyday, we help our customers significantly increase profits and drastically reduce food waste in thousands of retail stores around the country.
We believe the ‘how’ matters as much as the ‘what’ we do
Shelf Engine is growing fast—and so is every member of our team. We are boldly driving our mission forward thanks to our engaged, high-performing, creative team who is committed to these shared principles.
Shelf Engine Principles
Make the first move
We're all leaders. Don't wait for someone else to do it, be bold and take the initiative to get things started.
Make better decisions
Repeated good decisions have a virtuous compounding effect. Treat decision making with care.
Be furiously curious
Investigate how and why things work the way they do.
Commit and deliver
Deliver the best results, fast.
Seek to understand your teammates and our customer. Reflect what you see, support one another, collaborate, and camaraderie will ensue.
The answer won’t always be obvious. The question isn’t can it work, but how.
Bring your authentic self to your work and all your interactions. Even when things are tough, be respectful.
How it all started
There’s got to be a better way... Stefan had discovered the problem of food waste first hand 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, as growing 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. They were fortunate to have funding since day one, thanks to Initialized, Liquid2, and the Founders Co-op.
Today, Shelf Engine is managing orders for the best grocers in thousands of stores nationwide. Drastically increasing their customer’s profits by eliminating shrink and out-of-stocks.
Stefan and Bede came up with the idea of Shelf Engine
Shelf Engine is incorporated
Moved into first office… in a basement
First employee hired (he’s still here!)
First customer, Metier Cafe
Joined YC S18 cohort
Raised $4.3mil seed round
First national client, Whole Foods
Team is 8 employees
Raised $12mill Series A
Shelf field team launched
Moved to Olson Kundig designed office in the Pacific Building
Team hits 100 employees