I pulled out the trash can this evening, as I prepared to dump a dozen potatoes and six onions into the mound of waste that was about to spill over and onto my floor. I had forgotten they were even in my pantry. The putrid smell that overtook my senses when I opened the door was an unwelcome reminder that a few weeks ago, I had planned to eat these.
I tossed those potatoes and onions (that had already started to sprout), and unknowingly added to the 40% of unconsumed food in the US every year. In fact, 20% of the food that I, and most people, bring home from the store, ends up in the trash. Unfortunately, my waste of food and money, is just the tip of the iceberg.
According to the USDA, supermarkets across the US lose a combined total of $15 billion worth of produce each year. This doesn’t even touch other perishables like meat, seafood, dairy, baked goods, and ready-made foods!
Many things contribute to the waste that takes place in grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations.
- Appearance of food – Bread that looks soggy, an apple with a noticeable bruise, bananas covered in brown spots, and lettuce that is wilted seem less desirable and often aren’t bought.
- The desire to appear fully stocked – Often times, stores will keep more ready-made food in stock than will be purchased, simply because they want customers to see that they have plenty of fresh and delicious food. Convenience stores toss about 25% of their ready-made food each day.
- Expiration dates – “Best by” or “Sell by” dates can also dictate when food is tossed, even if it is actually still ok to eat.
- Damaged goods – Beat up box? Hole in a bag? Torn paper? It will just be added to the ever-growing pile of tossed-out food.
Wasted food will always equal wasted money, both for the shopper and for the store. When I tossed out my potatoes and onions this evening, it was as if I crumpled up a five-dollar bill and tossed it in the trash! If I had known a few weeks ago that I was going to be dumping those potatoes anyway, I never would have bought them. If stores knew exactly how much food they would be selling in the first place, they could save a lot of food and money by simply buying the right amount of food!
This is where Eruza comes into play. While new to the market, Eruza has been in the works for the last seven years, when it was first noted that businesses needed a better option when it came to ordering perishable food. Expiration dates will never be met if all of the food is bought and eaten before it even expires! Eruza is a management software that helps predict orders and reduce up to 25% of the waste that happens without it!
But what about a business’ desire to appear fully stocked? Eruza has you covered. The software is able to assess how much food is needed, while still keeping stores fully stocked. This increases sales and margins.
Food waste will decrease significantly, which inevitably means that wasted money will also decrease, and that is something everybody and every business needs.