Ahold Delhaize Service Company launches its annual start-up program

Retail business servicesthe service company of Ahold Delhaize USA, joins a non-profit organization ADUSA Supply Chain and Innovation studio for its fourth edition SEED immersion program, which aims to help entrepreneurs and startups supply chain, grocery retail, logistics, warehouse management, supply chain analytics and forecasting accelerate their path to market. For the first time, two winners will be selected this year; one focused on customer experience and the other on supply chain efficiency.

“We are always looking to grow our innovation portfolio,” said Brooks Thompson, director of innovation pipeline for Retail Business Services. “By expanding the program to include two winners, we will be able to leverage more technologies to benefit Ahold Delhaize USA brands as they improve the omnichannel customer experience – which is highly dependent on the efficiency and effectiveness of the food supply chain.”

The SEED program offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to streamline their products and ideas through workshops, mentorship and demo days over a 5-week period, while giving Ahold Delhaize USA the opportunity to work with diverse and forward-thinking companies.

“We believe that a proper connection between startups and companies generates the discovery of new business models, new products and new technologies, as well as the digitization of processes and the expansion of activities”, said the associate director of Innovation Studio entrepreneurship, Walther Morales Rios. “We are honored to partner with Retail Business Services and ADUSA Supply Chain to continue to impact the entrepreneurial community.”

Startups can apply now through May 15, with the program running from July 18 to August 23, with a SEED Live! pitch event to follow.

Until March 31, Retail Business Services is also organizing a Accelerator Signing Incentive Program, which offers a $20,000 signing bonus to newly hired technical associates who apply for IT architect positions within the company. These employees will help the company deliver services, systems and technology capabilities to support Ahold Delhaize’s omnichannel growth plans.

Parent company Ahold Delhaize USA, a division of Zaandam, based in the Netherlands Ahold Delhaize operates more than 2,000 stores in 23 states and is #10 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list major food and consumables retailers in the United States.

Veronica J. Snell