The development of the first samples was initially done in the CAD program, and the first production in the 3D printer. After a supplier for the current production was found, the first sample orders were triggered. The production samples made it clear that some corrections were necessary due to the material used (PP) and the manufacturing process. However, it was important for us to use the mono-material polypropylene in order to be able to guarantee 100% recyclability and sustainability of our products. As a result of the corrections, the lids on the containers finally closed leak-proof, so that all products could be officially tested. This ultimately confirmed that the containers were leak-proof, temperature-resistant, dishwasher-safe and food-safe.
Parallel to the testing processes, we had to make a variety of other decisions. These ranged from naming and pricing to appropriate marketing measures. The development of different usage models and deposit systems also posed a particular challenge. To provide our customers with the greatest possible flexibility, we developed 3 different models. On the one hand, the catering businesses can buy our containers and hand them out to their customers with their own deposit system. Furthermore, it is possible to buy the containers and use them together with our circ-App. This provides the business with a transparent system to control the inventory of available reusable containers. The third variant, the rental model, does not include an initial investment for the containers and organizes the deposit handling as well as the product stock in the operation fully automatically.