Databricks, the data and AI company, today announced that it is helping Gousto deliver its ambitious 2022 growth plans as the data-driven recipe box prepares to triple capacity, creating over 1,000 new jobs in the process.
Whilst having seen significant growth over recent years, Gousto accelerated its expansion plans in light of increased demand and the structural shift to online grocery, sparked by the lockdown. The partnership with Databricks provides the foundation for this future growth.
Gousto has developed proprietary algorithms that optimise the speed of box packing, maximising pick accuracy and minimising food waste. The algorithms run across more than 50 weekly recipes, from Joe Wicks Lean in 15 and family classics to an expanding range of meat-free plant-based options.
Gousto has established a market-leading position in the UK by utilising data and technology to offer most choice, greatest convenience and best value. As a result, the company expects to report a significant maiden profit in 2020. Through their work with Databricks, Gousto will enhance its industry-leading technology platform as they prepare to roll out next-day delivery and meal customisation.
“We identified Databricks as the standard in building real-time data platforms. The platform brings data engineering, data analytics and data science closer together, with a huge potential to make our journey to data strategy more efficient and collaborative. We have reduced the time it takes to develop new ideas from days to minutes and increased the availability and accuracy of our data. This is essential as we continue to grow at pace, expanding our customer fulfilment capacity from one factory to four in the next year,” Gousto’s chief technology officer, Shaun Pearce commented.
Gousto moved from daily batch updates to near-real-time streaming data, utilising AutoLoader and Delta Lake. The robust and scalable Data Platform provided by Databricks enables Gousto to respond to an ever-growing demand by providing real time insight into performance on the factory picking lines, improving the quality and efficiency of the picking.
“We are on a mission to help organisations solve the toughest problems. Gousto were already at an advanced stage with their analytics and they had a clear vision of the path ahead. Together we have been able to build a cost-efficient data platform that can deliver their goals today and also set them up for the next phase of their growth, all fuelled by data-driven decisions.” said David Wyatt, SVP EMEA, Databricks.