This month, Matthew Hollis’s company, Elytus, celebrated its ninth anniversary. In the beginning, the Columbus, Ohio-based company set out to develop software for large hauling companies to manage subcontractor relationships.
But several years ago, at WasteExpo, they were approached by a representative from a large national retail chain who wanted to buy the software, teach her staff to run it and manage the waste and recycling in house rather than by using a broker.
Suddenly, says Elytus president Matthew Hollis, the company and its software were headed in a new direction. Drawing a line in the sand, the company decided the market was headed toward going to the end customer, so in time, it phased out those hauling company and broker customers and retooled the software for large chain operators.
Today, whether working to reduce waste and recycling costs for a large chain retail store, or measuring the food waste at a national restaurant chain like Bob Evans, Elytus’ software compiles a long list of local vendors for handling different areas of waste management and determines the best vendors to meet the client’s needs. That software platform handles businesses’ waste management needs from procurement to payment, saving clients time and money, while giving them options, transparency and reporting all along the process.