Food logistics is really, really hard. Scores of startups have launched to tackle food delivery, but many, like Good Eggs (https://foodtechconnect.com/2016/08/29/bentley-hall-good-eggs-profitable/)and Farmigo, (http://foodtechconnect.com/2016/07/22/farmigo-shutting-down-online-farmers-market/)have learned the hard way that it takes more than good software to get food from the field to your plate.
This month we're doing a deep dive into distribution logistics. Join us to get in inside look into how Blue Apron, Homer, OurHarvest and The Fresh Connection approach logistics. You'll also get insight into their challenges and lessons learned.
We'll also have networking with the community and nibbles from The Meatball Shop (http://www.themeatballshop.com/), Fields Good Chicken (https://fieldsgoodchicken.com/), The Spicy Cookie Company (http://www.thespicycookiecompany.com/), Eat In Chef (https://eatinchef.com/), Oatbox (https://www.oatbox.com/en/) and Barneys Bone Broth. (http://barneysbonebroth.com/)
6:30 - 7:15: Networking + Snacks
7:15 - 8:45: Presentations + Q&A
8:45 - 9:30: More Networking
Luis Toral, FoodKick GM and former Sr Director of Logistics & Project Management at FreshDirect (http://freshdirect.com/) - FoodKick is FreshDirect's mobile-first food business that connects consumers to the freshest, tastiest finds in food, drinks, and lifestyle essentials all delivered within an hour.
Adam Price, CEO, Homer Logistics (http://homerlogistics.com/) - Am NYC-based startup that specializes in providing last mile, hyperlocal delivery fulfillment services to merchants in urban areas. Homer works exclusively with the restaurant industry and provides an outsourced logistics solution, replacing the more traditional need for the merchant to manage their own in-house staff of delivery people. Contrary to a transaction platform using independent contractor networks, Homer is solely a backend logistics solution and hires and employs all of its couriers as W2 employees. Homer uses applied operations and operations research to drive efficient logistics into the delivery infrastructure leading to the highest service levels for merchants and consumers. Homer completes 1000s of deliveries each day for brands ranging from Pinkberry to Chick-fil-A to Chop’t.
Mike Winik, Co-founder, OurHarvest (https://ourharvest.com/) - An an online farmers market that brings top-quality, farm-fresh food directly to consumers at fair prices. By connecting the best local farms and food artisans directly with families, OurHarvest rewards farmers for their hard work and gives customers better, fresher, more affordable food. Simply, they are fixing the broken food supply chain. Customers receive their groceries either through home delivery in NYC or by picking them up at convenient, mobile pick-up sites in their neighborhoods.
Mark Jaffe, Owner, The Fresh Connection (http://www.thefreshconnectionnyc.com/) - The Fresh Connection was a trucking company focused on strengthening the local food supply chain by providing delivery and logistics services to the local food system.
Presenter: Ashley Adewuyi, Founder of LiLoE Labs
Ashley Adewuyi, Founder, LiLoE Labs (http://www.hellojeffrie.com/) - LiLoE Labs is the maker of Jeffrie, the most convenient way to secure unattended home deliveries, including groceries. Jeffrie aims to take the hassle out of grocery delivery as part of its go-to-market strategy. Jeffrie is currently in closed beta testing with two grocery delivery companies in the Mid-Atlantic.