Boxed is trying to predict when you’ll run out of snacks and toilet paper

Boxed allows online shoppers to to find the same kinds of deals you’d get at a wholesale retailer like Costco. Now it wants to help you avoid that awkward moment when you realize you’re all out of toilet paper.

Co-founder and CTO William Fong said that last week, the company released a new feature called SmartStockup to about a quarter of its users, and it’s in the process of rolling this out to everyone. The idea is to take Boxed data about shoppers and use it to anticipate when they’re going to need to buy more snacks, napkins, toilet paper and so on.

In other words, if you’re a repeat visitor at Boxed, you should start seeing recommendations for “Need These Now” and “Need These Soon” products. If Boxed guessed correctly and you do want to buy them, you can…

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