As humans, we are dependent on food. There’s not much we’d be able to accomplish without the energy source provided by the assortment of carbohydrates, proteins and fats we consume on a daily basis. This necessity seems to echo in a prevalence of food everywhere we go, from the restaurants we visit to our workplaces, schools and homes, but the heaviest volume of food in our cities is typically found at the grocery stores we shop at. While these hubs are prime places to stock up on food, they are also top contributors to the worldwide problem of food waste.
Once upon a time, the store made it a point to know all their customers, what they liked, what they didn’t, and perhaps even knew some of their birthdays and important anniversaries. When a customer would enter the store, the actual owner of the shop would be there to greet the customer by name, ask about their family and see if they’ve enjoyed their last purchase. The shopping experience was highly personalized and relevant to each shopper's buying behavior.