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For the First Time Ever, Food Stamp Users Can Buy Food Online


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For those living in areas where fresh, healthy food is hard to find, this is amazing news and a true blessing.

The USDA announced the launch of a new pilot program for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to begin purchasing food online. This program is limited to a few states and retailers for now due to the higher security needed for food stamp online purchasing and the newness of the system. As the online system for SNAP food stamps is incorporated and security of the program tested, the USDA plans to expand this online system to all retailers nationwide in the future.

So far, the available retailers and states they will serve for the online order and purchase program is as follows:

Amazon – Maryland, New Jersey, New York

FreshDirect – New York

Safeway – Maryland, Oregon, Washington,

ShopRite – Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Hy-Vee, Inc. – Iowa

Hart’s Local Grocers – New York (based in Rochester)

Dash’s Market – New York (based in Buffalo)

The launching of this program is great news for anybody on food stamps. While food stamps have allowed the purchase of healthier food in recent years, its always required going to a grocery store or food retailer to purchase food. The issue with that is that some of the 44 million people in SNAP live in so-called “food deserts,” or areas where grocery stores and establishments to purchase fresh food barely exist or don’t exist at all. At least 2 million low-income people live in food deserts without access to a vehicle.

With this online ordering program, people on SNAP will find it much easier to get the food they need. While the pilot program won’t cover service or delivery fees, it still provides welcome monetary relief and delivery convenience for those who live in food deserts.



Yelp’s Eat24 Acquisition Could Bring Online Ordering to 1 Million Restaurants


Yelp acquired the online food ordering application Eat24 this week because, why not put a ring on it?

OK, this is actually a huge deal. Full Eat24 integration will drastically improve the quality of the Yelp platform, which is somewhat janky on its best day. Yelp has been trying to offer services to connect businesses with their customers while creating higher engagement on their own website-application.

Yelp partnered with Eat24 in 2013 and has been attempting to seamlessly host their ordering application, but execution has been a little less than reliable. Acquiring Eat24 at the bargain price of $134 million will allow Yelp to focus on other service integration like scheduling doctor’s appointments.

Now Eat24 will have unfettered access to over 1 million restaurants in Yelp’s database, vastly outshining online ordering giant GrubHub Inc.’s 30,000+ restaurant inclusion and Eat24’s current base of about 20,000 restaurants. While it will still be the restaurants’ choice to use delivery-pickup features directly through Yelp, and they may already be using GrubHub or a smaller company like Caviar, it makes more sense for them to be on as many platforms as possible.

Yelp’s status in modern restaurant discovery will drive people to inflate Eat24’s status (which will likely be absorbed into Yelp’s powerful branding) and allow an industry standard to rise out of the dense food ordering-delivery market.


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Customize Your Pizza in 3D With Domino’s New iPad App


Debuting Monday is a new iPad app that will let you design your Domino’s pizza in style. 3D style, that is. The pizza chain’s new app is being promoted as a “realistic pizza builder” that gives you a better idea of what your final order will look like, aka, you can’t get blame Domino’s if your pie looks a hot mess.

Customizing a pizza on the new app is easy and looks pretty fun. Choosing a topping for your pizza triggers an animation of your chosen topping raining onto your digital pie.

Along with the new pizza customizer the new app will feature an updated tracker system that monitors orders in real time, so customers can drool over their iPads stalking their pizza from the time it’s in the oven to when the driver takes off for the delivery.

This isn’t the first pizza ordering app for Domino’s, back in 2011 the pizza chain launched Domino’s Pizza Hero on the iPad, which was a Cooking Mama-esque game that allowed customers to order their digital creations in real life.

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Gamers Order Over $1 Million Worth of Pizza Via Xbox 360


Back in April we reported on Pizza Hut’s Xbox 360 app that allows gamers to order pies from the convenience of their console. Through the app gamers have the ability to customize their pizza to their tastes and have the option for delivery or pick-up. Let’s be real, if customers are ordering pizzas through their Xboxes chances are 99.9 percent of them are getting delivery, picking up your order is for noobs.

Anywho, given that Pizza Hut basically made it easier for us to avoid being social it should come as no surprise that the pizza giant sold over $1 million worth of pizzas in the first four months of the app’s launch. New generations of gaming consoles hit the market back in November and although there’s still no sign of a Pizza Hut app on WiiU, Xbox One or PlayStation 4 Doug Terfehr, public relations director for Pizza Hut says “Conversations are still ongoing with us. Wherever you are, we want to be.” For now you’ll just have to deal with ordering through your phone… no not dialing an actual pizza place I mean using the app, sheesh.

H/T HuffPo


THE MELT Giving Away 10,000 Free Sandwiches for National Grilled Cheese Day


THE MELT, a fast-casual eatery specializing in online ordering, will be celebrating National Grilled Cheese Day by giving away 10,000 free melts to the first 10,000 people who sign up at by Friday, April 12 (National Grilled Cheese Day). For peeps who sign up on time, expect to get a QR code for a free melt (up to $6.75) that can be redeemed at any of their 15 locations throughout California .

The giveaway highlights the company’s updated menu featuring new all-day breakfast melts and “artisanal ice cream” — Madagascar vanilla bean soft serve, hand-made Madagascar vanilla bean and double chocolate milkshakes.

Swoop up a free sammich here.

Fast Food

Breasts, Thighs… Right Click to Supersize? KFC Australia Promotes Online Ordering

The creatives at mega ad agency Ogilvy & Mather’s Sydney outfit put together this surreal rendering for a campaign promoting KFC Australia’s online ordering system. I’m ready for KFC that’s ready to eat right when I arrive in the store, as opposed to a few minutes later. Bring it to America! While I like this ad, I have to wonder: What would Don Draper think of it?

via I Believe in Advertising