The Rounds, which first launched as Mlkmn back in 2019, delivers household and pantry staples like oats, toilet paper and cleaning products to a customer’s door in reusable packaging such as glass bottles. When a user is done, The Rounds picks the packaging up again, rinses it and repeats, similar to a milkman model. It uses predictive technology to determine when a refill will be needed, instead of requiring customers to place another order. The goal: lower the amount of waste from individual, disposable orders.
The company was cofounded by Alexander Torrey and Byungwoo Ko, and is headquartered in Center City, Philadelphia. It expanded to DC in 2021.