Various environmental organizations have been alarming for years that food waste is a huge problem, which looks terrible not only in the context of the fact that there are places in the world where there is hunger. Analysts from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) last month reported that 17% of all food purchased, or 923 million tonnes, landed in the trash in 2019, accounting for up to 10% of greenhouse gas emissions. And since such huge numbers are difficult to imagine, the situation is much better reflected by the fact that it is estimated that an average person throws away nearly 74 kg of food per year. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?
And although it is consumers who are largely responsible for this problem, shops that could better manage goods and prices to encourage customers to buy goods with expiry dates at a lower price also contribute to it in part. This is what the startup Wasteless, whose name speaks for itself, wants to help by introducing artificial intelligence to automatically reduce food prices, which has spent a lot of time on the shelves. The rule is simple – the shorter the expiry date, the cheaper the food, and all the information is next to the prices of the product on the shelf so that customers can make an informed choice.
Work on the system has been going on since 2016 and now Wasteless is ready to test it in stores – interestingly, the stores belonging to the Metro brand, which manages 678 stores in 24 countries, will go first. In Poland, we know it from the Makro chain, and it is in our country that the tests will be carried out, and if everything goes as planned, other facilities will soon join. Wasteless claims that its system reduces food waste in stores by 40%, and ultimately targets up to 80% in the following years, after refining its solution. The goal is very ambitious, but at the same time important, so we will follow the development of the project in our country with interest.
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