Gathr: Bulk Buying Made Easy
Trevor Cobb and Anirban Ghosh
Many people living in the United States purchase food and household goods in single-use containers, and as a result, nearly 30% of all U.S. garbage is packaging waste.
We believe people purchase goods in small quantities for three primary reasons:
To ensure freshness
Due to storage or capital constraints
Out of convenience or due to lack of planning
Direct-to-consumer bulk grocery distribution could reduce packaging waste in the US by 10 — 20% in the next 10 years.
We believe this would be driven by mass urbanization, an increase in the number in multi-family units and an increase in online grocery delivery services.
Current Competition Benchmarking:
How Does it Work:
Smart bottles that would monitor the level of content in each bottle would be distributed to each apartment in a building. Based on the level of a particular item, the system would collate all the orders to secure bulk pricing. The item would then be shipped to a hub apartment (gathr'r) where the occupants of the other units can come and pick up their items.
We believe that such a system has a multitude of advantages over the current system:
Cheaper cost of goods for the end consumer
Reduced Packaging Waste
Removal of "middle-men" from the system
Snapshots of the Prototype: