Shelf Engine

Shelf Engine is on a mission to reduce food waste through automation.

Founded 2016
51-200 employees
  • Hardware, Internet of Things, & Electronics
  • Food & Drink
  • Analytics & Business Information
  • Headquarters address
    1100 2nd Ave Suite 500 Seattle, WA 98101

    Founding Story of Shelf Engine:

    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.****

    Tech stack

    C#, TypeScript, Azure, MSSQL Server, AngularJS, ASP.NET, Entity Framework, Python, Spark, Databricks, Flask


    Compensation and retirement

    Stock Options
    401k plan
    Commuter assistance plans

    Health and wellness

    Insurance (Health)
    Insurance (Dental)
    Insurance (Vision)
    Insurance (Life)
    Insurance (Disability)
    FSA (Flexible Spending Plan)
    On-site fitness center

    Vacation and time off

    Unlimited time off
    Paid holidays
    Flexible working hours
    Work from home flexibility
    Maternity benefits
    Paternity benefits

    Personal development

    Management training
    Job training
    Mentorship opportunities

    Values and quality of life

    Employee groups and committees
    Catered meals
    Company activities
    Social impact