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Celebrating Stop Food Waste Day with Solutions Across the Supply Chain

Celebrating Stop Food Waste Day with Solutions Across the Supply Chain

Food waste is a solvable problem, but it will take a village to get there. To shine a light on the important solutions already at work to eliminate food waste, Afresh hosted a webinar with Imperfect Foods, Apeel, and Too Good to Go that explored the intersections of our work so far while identifying our hopes for a fresh future.

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Leaving My Mark On This Planet

Leaving My Mark On This Planet

With a Ph.D. in Space Science and a career that has spanned startups to tech giants, Director of Machine Learning Lois K. Smith is no stranger to exciting challenges. Still, it wasn’t until she interviewed with Afresh that she learned how she could apply her gift of a love for research to help eliminate food waste.

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5 Practical Ways Grocery Stores Can Reduce Food Waste

5 Practical Ways Grocery Stores Can Reduce Food Waste

Across the grocery store, fresh teams struggle to prevent food from ending up in the landfill. The challenge is pretty clear: perishable foods are, well, perishable. We’ve gathered store-level strategies any store team can implement in their day-to-day work.

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Celebrating Our Birthday: 5 Things We’ve Learned in 5 Years at Afresh

Celebrating Our Birthday: 5 Things We’ve Learned in 5 Years at Afresh

Afresh was founded in 2017 with the mission of eliminating food waste and making fresh food accessible to all. Since then, we’ve learned so much! Here’s a taste of what we’ve uncovered after five years focused on fresh.

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Why Perpetual Inventory is a Perpetual Failure in Fresh

Why Perpetual Inventory is a Perpetual Failure in Fresh

Scan outs and weigh outs are a huge hassle for everyone in fresh, but they wouldn’t be so prevalent if the perpetual inventory systems teams used weren’t perpetually wrong. Rather than relying on a rigid PI calculation that’s tedious to maintain and everyone knows will be wrong, the Fresh Operating System provides an entirely new (and much more effective) solution.

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Finding Value Alignment with a Mission-Driven Company

Finding Value Alignment with a Mission-Driven Company

Customer Success Lead Julia knew she wanted to find value alignment between her work and her personal desire to contribute to climate solutions. Her search led her to find a like-minded community at Afresh, similarly motivated to leverage their skillsets towards making real change.

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From Dreadful to Delightful: Making Order Writing Fun in Fresh

From Dreadful to Delightful: Making Order Writing Fun in Fresh

For decades, fresh department employees have dreaded the time-consuming task of placing an order. Although the process has evolved some, store teams want tools that empower their decision-making instead of leaving them behind in the digital dust.

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Celebrating Supermarket Employee Day

Celebrating Supermarket Employee Day

With everything they’ve had on their plates the last few years, it’s amazing what grocery store employees bring to the table! Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate Supermarket Employee Day on February 22.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Afresh

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Afresh

Our commitment to our communities extends beyond our products and technologies. We’re creating a workplace that embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), and where everyone can make an impact while being celebrated for their fully authentic selves.

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Optimizing Grocery Retail: Using AI Simulations in Fresh

Optimizing Grocery Retail: Using AI Simulations in Fresh

Most tech-enabled grocery retailers rely on ordering solutions that aren’t optimized for perishability, variety, and variability. In order to truly win at fresh, grocers need fresh-first solutions.

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Staying Stocked in Fresh with Valentine’s Day Must-haves

Staying Stocked in Fresh with Valentine’s Day Must-haves

This Valentine's Day, make sure you keep things in stock so customers don't lose that loving feeling with your fresh departments!

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How to Address Labor Shortages in Fresh Departments

How to Address Labor Shortages in Fresh Departments

Fresh departments are highly affected by labor challenges like retirements, shortages, and callouts. Long-time industry expert Scott Schuette shares conventional and unconventional ways to address these difficulties.

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Keys to Success in 2022: Trends, Challenges and Solutions

Keys to Success in 2022: Trends, Challenges and Solutions

Grocers will face lots of hurdles in 2022, including labor and retention problems, supply and demand imbalances, sustainability adaptations, and accelerated consumer trends. Here’s how to handle it.

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Afresh + Albertsons Partner to Transform Fresh and Meet Sustainability Goals

Afresh + Albertsons Partner to Transform Fresh and Meet Sustainability Goals

We are thrilled to announce we’re partnering with Albertsons—a leading retailer in the United States. Every store across the US will leverage our Fresh Operating System to reduce waste, increase sales, and provide the freshest product for customers.

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How Afresh Enables Distributed Work

How Afresh Enables Distributed Work

As COVID-19 has changed how and where we work, Afresh has worked intentionally to cultivate community across remote teams. That includes crazy hat days!

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New to the Bunch: Beth, Senior Technical Support Specialist

New to the Bunch: Beth, Senior Technical Support Specialist

Wondering what it would look like to align your interests and skillset to make a difference with your career? Learn about Beth’s passion for volunteering and her journey to match her personal values with a role at Afresh.

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Fresh Files: The Case of the Missing Mangos

Fresh Files: The Case of the Missing Mangos

Get a taste of what it’s like to run a fresh department with the Fresh Files! Find out what happens when Produce Manager Beth discovers she’s completely out of mangos…and tropical fruit enthusiast Marsha is on her way to the store!

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Forecasting Fresh: Why Every Grocery Store Needs AI

Forecasting Fresh: Why Every Grocery Store Needs AI

Millions of recipes and health tips center avocados, so it’s no wonder grocery store sales of them have more than doubled since 2010! For the produce teams that run fresh departments, keeping this crucial fruit in stock is no easy task.

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The Berry Breakdown: Why the Most Expensive Categories Require Accurate Ordering

The Berry Breakdown: Why the Most Expensive Categories Require Accurate Ordering

Strawberries are the most popular fruit in the U.S., with blueberries coming in second. By now, consumers expect fresh berries to be in stock all year long. And for fresh department teams, that can be a challenge. We pulled in industry expert Scott Schuette to share his best practices for dealing with the winter berry blues!

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2021 By the Numbers

2021 By the Numbers

We’ve grown by leaps and bounds in 2021, so it's time to celebrate some massive milestones. There's much more to come in 2022!

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New to the Bunch: Tyler, Deployment Lead

New to the Bunch: Tyler, Deployment Lead

What’s it like to work with us? Get Tyler’s take on collaborating with coworkers who are passionate about our mission to eliminate food waste and make fresh food accessible to all.

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Afresh’s Work to Eliminate Food Waste

Afresh’s Work to Eliminate Food Waste

Here at Afresh, our mission to eliminate food waste and make fresh food accessible to all underlies every part of our work. By empowering produce managers to place perfect orders with our AI-powered recommendations, Afresh reduces shrink (the industry term for food waste) by an average of 25% and adds 2 days to post-sale shelf life.

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How to Prepare Fresh Departments for Winter Holidays

How to Prepare Fresh Departments for Winter Holidays

During key events like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, fresh department inventory and product movement can easily double or triple. Use these best practices to plan ahead and make life in retail fresh departments easier for you and your customers.

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Announcing Our New Community Partnership: San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

Announcing Our New Community Partnership: San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

Our mission is the foundation of everything we do and, as we continue to eliminate waste and increase fresh food access, we’ll complement that work by serving the communities we live and work in every day.

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4 Ways to Reduce Thanksgiving Food Waste

4 Ways to Reduce Thanksgiving Food Waste

As we approach Turkey Day, pick up our four tips on how to reduce Thanksgiving food waste.‍

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New to the Bunch: Katherine, Marketing Coordinator

New to the Bunch: Katherine, Marketing Coordinator

What does it mean to be part of a social impact company built for scale? Read on for Marketing Coordinator Katherine’s take on the journey that led her to Afresh and the road ahead.

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3 Ways Afreshies Keep Apples from Going to Waste

3 Ways Afreshies Keep Apples from Going to Waste

Apples are a staple on the table for many families, so we asked Afreshies how they reduce their food waste footprint when it comes to America’s core fruit.

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How Fresh-first Tech Gives Customers Better Blueberries

How Fresh-first Tech Gives Customers Better Blueberries

Keeping fresh blueberries in stock isn’t as simple as it sounds. But when grocery stores are low, customers have no choice but to pick the freshest-looking container and hope for the best. This often leads to berries going bad before they can be eaten. There is a solution, and it’s better tech for fresh departments.

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Fresh Food Facts: Avocados

Fresh Food Facts: Avocados

Avocados are a big deal—and they’re delicious! We pulled together a few facts about the famed “alligator pear” to celebrate National Guacamole Day!

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Moving Forward in Fresh: 2021 and Beyond

Moving Forward in Fresh: 2021 and Beyond

2020 was a year of highs and lows and fresh sales were no exception. Our 2021 Fresh Survey explains the impacts of COVID-19 on fresh departments in supermarkets and offers a few predictions for the future.

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Factors in Fresh: What Drives Customer Retention and Basket Size

Factors in Fresh: What Drives Customer Retention and Basket Size

We surveyed grocery shoppers to find out what matters when they’re buying fresh produce. The bottom line: Quality and sustainability are key.

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New to the Bunch: Luke, Head of Customer Success

New to the Bunch: Luke, Head of Customer Success

The path that leads folks to Afresh is different for everyone. For Luke, a small moment in his everyday life took him on a journey of self-discovery and, eventually, to Afresh.

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Afresh Environmental Impact as of Q2 of 2021

Afresh Environmental Impact as of Q2 of 2021

Since first launching our Fresh Operating System in stores, we’ve helped grocery stores reduce food waste, avoid greenhouse gas emissions, and save water. See the numbers!

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Fresh Possibilities: Reduce Shrink without Risking Stockouts

Fresh Possibilities: Reduce Shrink without Risking Stockouts

Grocers struggle to reduce shrink and stockouts simultaneously. Afresh’s Fresh Operating Solution makes it happen, increasing perimeter sales in the process.

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5 Reasons Your Supermarket Needs a Fresh Operating System

5 Reasons Your Supermarket Needs a Fresh Operating System

Fresh Operating Systems help grocery store fresh departments reduce shrink, minimize stockouts and eliminate food waste. Afresh is the first AI-driven, fresh-focused solution in grocery retail tech.

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Fresh is the Future: Sustainability and Profitability in Grocery with a Fresh Operating System

Fresh is the Future: Sustainability and Profitability in Grocery with a Fresh Operating System

Until now, grocery retailers haven't had the tech they need to truly win at fresh. With a Fresh Operating System, store teams can order better, reduce shrink, and improve sales.

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The Problem of Food Waste

The Problem of Food Waste

“Finish your plate!” From the time we’re kids learning to use a fork, to when we’re young adults learning to make our own meals, we’re taught not to waste food. And why would we want to? Every black banana or bunch of greens that have wilted to mush is a visual representation wasted hard-earned time and money.

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New to the Bunch: Jack, Solutions Architect

New to the Bunch: Jack, Solutions Architect

We’re featuring our freshest Afreshies and asking them why they joined! Jack is a Solutions Architect at Afresh who ensures our partners’ integrations go smoothly and sets them up for success. A big fan of both grocery stores and deep discussions about guacamole, Jack found Afresh a pear-fect place to make a big impact and an occasional bun...er...pun.

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The Challenge of Fresh

The Challenge of Fresh

Every day, people grow more conscious of the effects their consumer choices have on their personal and environmental health. We want to eat better and waste less; we want healthier, more affordable fresh food that nourishes our bodies and lasts long enough in our refrigerators to enjoy. We want the valuable time and money we spend in our grocery stores to yield the tastiest, most nutritious produce possible.

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