Shelf Engine is the most recent Seattle startup to reduce its staff.
It is a company that assists retailers manage food purchases, told Business Headers that it cut 43 employees because of challenging economic circumstances. It did not provide any information on the number of employees it had; however, the company employed around 200 employees in September, when it received funding from famous people. As per LinkedIn the company has a total of 150 employees.
Due due to difficult economic climate, Shelf Engine made the very difficult choice of reducing the number of jobs at its company. the CEO, co-founder and president Stefan Kalb wrote in an email to Business headers . We are moving forward with our goal in reducing waste from food via automation.
As the economy continues to slide numerous companies are advised to cut costs and increase cash runways which can mean laying off employees. Seattle startups like Convoy, Flyhomes, Rad Power Bikes 98point6 and Esper all saw several rounds of eliminations this year.
The company was founded in the year 2016. Shelf makes use of machine learning to improve the process of ordering for grocery stores that stock their produce departments and aims to cut costs and cut down on the amount of waste generated. The company announced the following month that retail stores using the platform could reduce consumption of foods by as high as 32%, while also increasing profit. Shelf Engine makes money by selling off products it purchases from suppliers that it then sells to retailers.
As of September this year, the start-up announced that it would be employed in at least 3500 U.S. stores, with major retailers like Kroger, Target and Whole Foods and the food service firm Compass Group named as clients. It also set up an additional location in Denver.
Kalb came up with the idea of the company via a different company he co-founded, Molly’s, which provides healthy meals to hospitals supermarkets cafes, gyms, and offices. Kalb saw the difficulties of creating effective fresh orders for food, and set out to create software to help Molly’s buy the appropriate amount of food in bulk to meet customer demands.
Kalb was co-founder of Shelf Engine in 2016 with Bede Jordan Bede Jordan, Bede Jordan, a Microsoft veteran who served as the chief software engineer of the firm’s HoloLens team.
The team of leaders comprises Deborah Alexander, chief operating officer, and the head of finance.
This company has raised 60 million so far which includes an round of $41 million in March 2021 as well as the $2 million round that was announced in September, which was led by famous people like Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Shaun White and Shawn Mendes. The other investors comprise General Catalyst, GGV Capital, Foundational Capital, 1984 Ventures, Correlation Ventures, The Founders’ Club, Soma Capital, Firebolt Ventures along with Initialized Capital.
Shelf’s post-money value in September was $180 million, as per PitchBook.