Grubhub and Transact Campus Expand Partnership with First-of-Its-Kind Integrated Mobile Ordering Solution

Students on Transact-enabled campuses can order from off-campus restaurants through the Grubhub Marketplace using their campus card

CHICAGO and PHOENIXMarch 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Grubhub, a leading food ordering and delivery marketplace, and Transact Campus “Transact,” the award-winning leader in innovative mobile credential and payment solutions for a connected campus, today announced a partnership to integrate Grubhub’s Marketplace into Transact Mobile Ordering, a robust mobile-first application with capabilities for food ordering, pickup and delivery. This first-of-its-kind integration enables students at campuses where Transact’s mobile app is enabled to order from on- and off-campus restaurants via Grubhub’s restaurant network using their campus card for a seamless ordering experience.

Through this integration, students expand their dining options by toggling between on- and off-campus restaurants, all within the Transact Mobile Ordering app. When students select the off-campus option, they will see available Grubhub restaurants for pickup or delivery and pay for meals using their campus card where applicable. Students will be able to access Grubhub’s entire network of more than 365,000 restaurants nationwide and place orders no matter where they are. The integration will also support local restaurants by providing them with a new channel to market their business and generate more orders from the campus community.

“This integration is a major win for everyone involved and a big step forward to provide a more holistic dining experience for students,” said Geoff Ellis, vice president strategic partnerships and business development at Grubhub. “Transact’s technology-first solutions complement our Grubhub Marketplace offering and together, we’re empowering students to have more dining choices. Campus environments are ripe for innovation, and we’re looking forward to working with Transact to bring even more value to students, administrators and restaurants in communities across the country, while growing our campus and diner network.”

“We’re excited to expand our relationship with Grubhub and offer even more ways for students to have cashless options and expanded meal choices,” said Laura Newell-McLaughlin, executive vice president and general manager, integrated payments, and campus commerce at Transact. “We’re continuously looking for ways to enhance the offerings in our mobile ordering platform and partnering with Grubhub to provide students with additional off-campus dining options makes our service even more seamless.”

This ordering method will be available to students in the coming months. The integration builds on Grubhub and Transact’s existing relationship, which allows hundreds of thousands of students in Transact’s CampusCash program across hundreds of campuses to use their student ID cards for cashless payments at university-approved off-campus merchants.

About Grubhub
Grubhub is part of Just Eat Takeaway.com (LSE: JET, AMS: TKWY), and is a leading U.S. food ordering and delivery marketplace. Dedicated to connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms, and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features more than 365,000 restaurant partners in over 4,000 U.S. cities.

About Transact
Transact is the leader in innovative payment and mobile credential solutions for a connected campus. Its highly configurable, mobile-centric campus technology ecosystem simplifies the student experience across the full spectrum of student life. Transact’s offerings include integrated solutions for tuition and other student expense payments, multi-purpose campus IDs, and campus commerce. With a long-standing reputation in the education community, Transact proudly serves over 12 million students across more than 1,850 client institutions. Its fintech solutions facilitate $49 billion in payments annually and have enabled more than 160 million contactless mobile wallet transactions and $293 million in mobile orders in less than three years. For more information, visit www.transactcampus.com.

SOURCE Grubhub Inc.

Grubhub and Topanga.io Bring Zero-Waste Takeout to College Campuses

Reusable packaging on to-go dining hall orders now available for The Ohio State University and Colorado State University students, with expansion to more campuses this year

CHICAGO and LOS ANGELESJan. 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Grubhub, a leading food ordering and delivery marketplace, and Topanga.io, a leading reusable packaging management platform, announced today a partnership to provide integrated zero-waste takeout services on college campuses across the United States through Topanga.io’s ReusePass program.

Diners who place a to-go order from on-campus dining locations via the Grubhub app will be able to select reusable packaging at checkout. By selecting this option, their meals will be packaged in a reusable container using Topanga.io’s track-and-trace technology, allowing campus diners to keep track of what containers they have and when they need to be returned. This program is currently available at The Ohio State University and Colorado State University, with plans to expand to more campuses throughout the year.

“Grubhub’s campus partners have been vocal that sustainable solutions are a top priority, and we’re looking forward to working with Topanga.io to support universities’ sustainability efforts,” said Adam Herbert, senior director of campus partnerships at Grubhub. “The campus dining world presents a large and scalable opportunity for sustainable solutions like this one, and we’re excited to expand our suite of campus dining offerings to our partners.”

“Grubhub is a leader in mobile ordering technology and has a great reputation among its campus partners, so we’re thrilled to be working with them as we bring our mission to eliminate single-use packaging to campuses across the country,” said Page Schult, CEO of Topanga.io. “We’ve been very intentional to build the best technology in the market, and it has been great to work with a leading provider like Grubhub to further bolster the strength of our campus offering,” echoed Adam Bailey, CTO of Topanga.io.

“Sustainability is part of the culture for Student Life Dining Services at The Ohio State University,” said Zia Ahmed, senior director of dining services at The Ohio State University. “We are pleased to work with our partners as we take key steps toward making progress in reducing waste and advancing our sustainability efforts.”

“Colorado State University’s residential dining services team has been eager to bring Topanga.io’s ReusePass program to campus in partnership with Grubhub to expand on our sustainability initiatives,” said Patrick St. Clair, assistant director, support services at Colorado State University. “It’s efforts like this one that allows us to continue driving forward-thinking efforts and innovation within our residential dining program while leveraging and growing our program technologically. Today, we’re excited to offer the Reusepass program to our students, faculty, and staff.”

Grubhub partners with more than 270 college campuses across the United States to give students the ability to integrate meal plans directly into their Grubhub account and access restaurants both on- and off-campus for delivery and pickup. Topanga has helped QSRs, grocery delivery, and meal prep companies launch data-driven reusable packaging programs and is excited to bring their innovative technology to campuses nationwide. To date, they’ve helped their clients manage 1,200,000 reusable assets.  

For more information on how administrators can bring this delivery experience to their campus, please visit here

About Grubhub 

Grubhub is part of Just Eat Takeaway.com (LSE: JET, AMS: TKWY), and is a leading U.S. food ordering and delivery marketplace. Dedicated to connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms, and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features more than 365,000 restaurant partners in over 4,000 U.S. cities.

About Topanga.io 

Topanga.io is making reusable packaging scalable. Topanga’s track-and-trace technology is the first of its kind, helping brands and organizations launch reusable packaging programs that eliminate single-use packaging at scale while delivering measurable economic and environmental ROI. Topanga.io was founded by Page Schult, Adam Bailey, and Max Olshanksy and founding team members Hayley Bance and Wesley Jin.

 

Grubhub and Kiwibot Partner for Robot Delivery on College Campuses

This delivery will be available at the University of North Dakota next semester

CHICAGO and BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 8, 2022 — Grubhub, a leading food ordering and delivery marketplace, and Kiwibot, a leading last-mile robotic delivery company, announced today that they will provide robot delivery services on college campuses across the United States.

Robot delivery from Kiwibot and Grubhub will first be available at the University of North Dakota before rolling out to additional schools next semester. Kiwibot joins Grubhub’s existing partners, including Cartken and Starship, on nearly a dozen campuses offering robot delivery.

“When it comes to the campus dining experience, we see robot delivery as a complementary offering to traditional delivery since the robots can navigate hard-to-reach areas on campuses,” said Adam Herbert, senior director of campus partnerships at Grubhub. ”Our campus partners have been asking for us to help bring this delivery option to their school, and we are excited to partner with Kiwibot to expand this innovative and convenient type of delivery to more colleges across the country.”

“It is an exciting endeavor for Kiwibot to expand our partner base,” said Felipe Chávez, CEO of Kiwibot. “Our partnership with Grubhub means we’ll be able to provide an integrated delivery service that allows students to experience Kiwibot delivery right from Grubhub’s app. We are honored to bring innovative solutions to the University of North Dakota community with our disruptive robotic service that delivers meals, happiness and extraordinary moments.”

“Bringing a delivery service to campus was an offering we’ve been wanting to provide at the university, and we are excited for this innovative delivery service to become available to students,” said Orlynn Rosaasen, director of dining services at the University of North Dakota. “We know just how busy students are, and this type of delivery will provide them with one more option to access food on campus during their busy days.”

Students will be able to select this delivery via the Grubhub app from on-campus dining locations, including the Memorial Union Food court and Wilkerson Dining Center. The Kiwibots rely on the most advanced technology with a high-driving autonomous system and can operate in snow and extreme weather conditions. For safety, they move at the same speed as a human walking pace and can hold up to 25 pounds.

This partnership grows Grubhub’s delivery options on college campuses, providing additional opportunities for students to get their favorite meals while creating healthy relationships with technology developments that contribute to making day-to-day life on campus more efficient. Grubhub partners with more than 250 college campuses across the United States to give students the ability to integrate meal plans directly into their Grubhub account and access restaurants both on- and off-campus for delivery and pickup.

For more information on how administrators can bring this delivery experience to their campus, please visit here.

 

About Grubhub

Grubhub is part of Just Eat Takeaway.com (LSE: JET, AMS: TKWY), and is a leading U.S. food ordering and delivery marketplace. Dedicated to connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features more than 365,000 restaurant partners in over 4,000 U.S. cities.

About Kiwibot

Kiwibot was founded in 2017 and launched its first pilot at the University of California-Berkeley campus. The company aims to revolutionize food delivery with high-driving autonomous robots and has made over 200,000 deliveries on US university campuses and cities. The service lets customers launch last-mile deliveries at a fraction of the time and cost without the hassle of hiring a courier. With recent partnerships, including GrubHub, Kiwibot is committed to a zero-carbon future and aims to create a world where technology, logistics, and delivery are for all.

Grubhub and Cartken Partner to Bring Robot Delivery to College Campuses

Robot delivery will be available on Ohio State University’s campus this fall

CHICAGO and OAKLAND, Calif.June 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Grubhub, the leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery platform on college campuses, and Cartken, a technology startup that specializes in self-driving, AI-powered robotics and delivery operations, announced a partnership today to bring robot delivery to college campuses. This delivery was piloted at Ohio State University this spring, and a full roll out is expected when students return to campus this fall.

Grubhub partners with more than 250 college campuses across the United States to give students the ability to integrate meal plans directly into their Grubhub account and access restaurants both on- and off-campus for delivery and pickup. The partnership with Cartken for autonomous robot delivery builds on Grubhub’s existing campus offering and is a seamless fit for campus environments, which are notoriously difficult for cars to navigate.

“Robot delivery is exciting for students and helps provide even better service and innovative solutions to our campus partners,” said Eric Harper, senior director of campus environments at Grubhub. “We’ve worked with Ohio State University for years on the campus dining front, and they are always an early adopter of solutions that create efficiencies for their operations and improve the student experience. We look forward to supporting our university partners and responding to their unique delivery environments as we roll out this technology at other campuses in the coming months.”

Cartken’s robots navigate pavements, crosswalks and pedestrian paths within the campus area without human guidance. The robots use Cartken’s artificial intelligence (AI) and camera-based navigation and mapping technology, which the company developed for small autonomous vehicles to safely operate around pedestrians. Human override remains an option if necessary – for instance when a path is blocked – guaranteeing reliable operation and minimizing delivery delays. Cartken’s robots operate at up to three miles per hour on campus and handle various weather conditions, including rain and snow.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Grubhub to delight students and campus staff with robot delivery,” said Christian Bersch, CEO of Cartken. “This collaboration perfectly aligns with our mission to use robotics and AI technology to provide friction-free and environmentally sustainable delivery, and have robots serve the community. We are excited to scale alongside Grubhub and offer robot delivery to students on campuses across the country.”

“Robot delivery has been very popular on campus this past school year, validating our prediction that students would appreciate autonomous mobile delivery,” said Zia Ahmed, senior director of Student Life Dining Services at Ohio State University. “We are excited about the return of robots to campus, and we have been testing the Cartken robots during the spring semester with the same vision to lower the cost of delivery, reduce the time it takes to deliver food and enhance sustainability.”

For more information on how administrators can bring this delivery experience to their campus, please visit here.

About Grubhub:

Grubhub is part of Just Eat Takeaway.com (LSE: JET) (AMS: TKWY), a leading global online food delivery marketplace. Dedicated to connecting more than 32 million diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features more than 320,000 restaurant partners in over 4,000 U.S. cities.

About Cartken:

Cartken makes communities more connected by bridging the distance between customers and the local businesses they love. Our autonomous robot platform is designed to transport goods over short distances in malls, business parks and local neighborhoods. We use advanced autonomous technology, making our robots the safest and most reliable in the market today. Cartken’s team of engineers and operators combine deep expertise in self-driving cars, AI-powered robotics and delivery operations.

SOURCE Grubhub Inc.

Grubhub Launches Robot Delivery at the University of Arizona

Popular dining choices from the Student Union Memorial Center will be available for delivery via Yandex rovers

CHICAGO, Nov. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Grubhub, the leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery platform on college campuses, announced today that it’s deploying Yandex Self-Driving Group’s robot delivery technology, also called rovers, on the University of Arizona’s campus. This will be the second campus rolling out this delivery option from Grubhub and Yandex this fall, following Ohio State University.

More than 35,000 Wildcats will be able to order their favorite foods from on-campus dining locations – including IQ Fresh, Einstein Bros Bagels, On Deck Deli and Sabor – via the Grubhub app and have it delivered by one of the rovers. Yandex’s third-generation robots autonomously navigate pavements, campus crosswalks and pedestrian areas at speeds between 3 to 5 miles per hour during daytime and after dark and in various weather conditions, including rain, wind and heat. The rovers operate seven days a week, and students can request delivery to popular locations on campus including the dormitories, Main and Weaver library, McKale Center and more.

“We’ve been working with the University of Arizona’s dining team on efforts that drive the dining experience forward for the last eight years – from rolling out on-campus pickup and delivery to smart food lockers and our Ultimate ordering technology,” said Travis Price, senior manager, strategic partnerships at Grubhub. “The deployment of this robot delivery technology is an exciting way we’re providing innovative solutions to our partners, and we look forward to continuing to support the university’s dining operations.”

“Our ongoing partnership with Grubhub, and now Yandex, continues to strengthen and bring cool new innovation to our campus,” said Todd Millay, executive director of Arizona Student Unions. “We’re lucky to be the second school in the nation to launch with Grubhub’s new robot delivery service, and we can’t wait for our students to enjoy the convenience of this amazing technology.”

“We are excited to see just how quickly autonomous delivery robots are becoming an essential part of campus life,” said Peter Szelei, business development executive at Yandex SDG. Our robots are already delivering thousands of orders every week on college campuses — simplifying the daily lives of students, professors and anyone spending time on college campuses. The University of Arizona campus will feature our newly launched third-generation robots, and we hope the students will enjoy them.”

Features of the third-generation robots include removable batteries that take less than a minute to replace, additional cameras, a sleek new design that boasts increased robot capacity, LED headlights and softer suspension – making it easier for the robots to traverse challenging terrain, such as high curbs.

To learn more about how you can bring this delivery to your campus, please visit here.

About Grubhub:
Grubhub is part of Just Eat Takeaway.com (LSE: JET, AMS: TKWY, NASDAQ: GRUB), a leading global online food delivery marketplace. Dedicated to connecting more than 32 million diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features more than 300,000 restaurant partners in over 4,000 U.S. cities.

About Yandex Self-Driving Group:
Yandex has been developing its proprietary self-driving technology since 2017. As of today, Yandex’s autonomous vehicle fleet has 170 cars, which have driven over seven million autonomous miles on public roads in various weather and road conditions in three countries – Russia, Israel and the United States. The maturity of the technology as well as the accumulated real-world mileage makes Yandex one of the leading developers of self-driving technology globally.

Since late 2019, the company has also been developing its own delivery robots. Based on the same self-driving technology as its autonomous vehicles, these rovers are built to deliver small and medium-sized packages. Yandex robots are already delivering orders from shops and restaurants to customers in Russia and the United States.

About Arizona Student Unions:
Arizona Student Unions is the kitchen and living room of the University of Arizona, where everyone can eat, play, relax, and get involved! With Arizona Catering & Event Planning Co., Arizona Dining, Rooftop Greenhouse, cooking workshops, events and more, we strive to provide a “home away from home” to balance the diverse educational, recreational, cultural and social needs of today’s students.

Grubhub and Yandex SDG Launch Robot Delivery Technology at The Ohio State University

The Big 10 school is the first campus to deploy Grubhub delivery via Yandex robots as students return for the fall semester

CHICAGO, Aug. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Grubhub, the leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery platform on college campuses, and Yandex Self-Driving Group (SDG), a leading autonomous vehicles developer inside Yandex, one of Europe’s largest internet companies, will roll out delivery via Yandex’s robots at its first college campus — The Ohio State University (OSU).

50 Rovers will be initially rolling out on Ohio State’s campus
The Rovers can operate wherever people walk, including through water and snow

 

More than 60,000 hungry Buckeyes will be able to order their favorite foods from on-campus dining locations via the Grubhub app and have them delivered by one of 50 Yandex robots operating at the OSU campus in a fast and cost-effective way. The rovers operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Students can request robots to deliver food to every residence hall on campus as well as Thompson Library and Bricker Hall.

Yandex robots autonomously navigate pavements, campus crosswalks and pedestrian areas, which are notoriously challenging to reach by car. They move around a large university campus swiftly at 3 to 5 miles per hour during daytime and after dark and in various weather conditions, including rain and snow. The robots are spacious enough to fit a couple of coffees and a bagel sandwich, or multiple pizzas to share with friends, all while keeping the food at the right temperature.

“We’re excited to bring this cutting-edge and efficient delivery experience to students at The Ohio State University,” said Brian Madigan, vice president of corporate and campus partners at Grubhub. “OSU and Grubhub have worked together for years to offer students a variety of ways to enjoy the food they love on campus. Now we’re building on our efforts to enhance the dining experience through Yandex’s rover technology for quicker and easier deliveries.”

“By partnering with Grubhub, we can bring robotic delivery to some of the people who need it most – students, researchers and professors who are short on time,” said Peter Szelei, business development executive at Yandex SDG. “Not only do the rovers enhance the current food delivery options, but open new possibilities for smarter, better and faster dining. Imagine ordering morning coffee and grabbing it from a robot waiting at your doorstep as you head out to class, or studying in a park with friends and requesting a rover to roll up and deliver snacks. We’re thrilled to support making these possibilities a reality.”

“We pride ourselves on offering an exceptional dining experience to students, and we’re always looking to provide new ways to make getting food on campus as convenient as possible,” said Zia Ahmed, senior director, dining services at The Ohio State University.

For more information on how to bring this delivery experience to your campus, please visit here.

About Grubhub:
Grubhub is part of Just Eat Takeaway.com (LSE: JET, AMS: TKWY, NASDAQ: GRUB), a leading global online food delivery marketplace. Dedicated to connecting more than 33 million diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features more than 300,000 restaurant partners in over 4,000 U.S. cities.

About Yandex Self-Driving Group:
Yandex has been developing its proprietary self-driving technology since 2017. As of today, Yandex’s autonomous vehicle fleet has 170 cars, which have driven over seven million autonomous miles on public roads in various weather and road conditions in three countries – Russia, Israel and the United States. The maturity of the technology as well as the accumulated real-world mileage makes Yandex one of the leading developers of self-driving technology globally.

Since late 2019, the company has also been developing its own delivery robots. Based on the same self-driving technology as its autonomous vehicles, these rovers are built to deliver small and medium-sized packages. Yandex robots are already delivering orders from shops and restaurants to customers in Russia and the United States.

More information on Yandex Self-Driving Group can be found at https://sdg.yandex.com/.

Grubhub and Transact Partner to Offer Universities Expanded Off-Campus Meal Spending Programs for Students

Grubhub’s more than 300,000 restaurants nationwide are now included in Transact’s off-campus merchant program, providing students with more ways to use their CampusCash.

Grubhub, a leading food-ordering and delivery marketplace nationwide, and Transact, the leader in innovative payment solutions for a connected campus, announced today a partnership to extend Grubhub’s restaurant network to Transact’s CampusCash program. The partnership enables more student spending off campus, allowing universities to better adapt to hybrid learning environments and increase availability for contactless meal delivery and payment options.

Transact’s CampusCash program allows the 12 million students that use its mobile-centric campus technology at more than 1,300 universities across the country to use their student ID cards for cashless payments at university-approved off-campus merchants. Grubhub’s robust network of more than 300,000 restaurants is now included in Transact’s off-campus merchant program. This partnership will allow students to use their university-branded CampusCash account while they are away from campus, even visiting family and friends across the country.

“Universities had to quickly adapt technologies to keep operations running smoothly over the last 18 months as they pivoted to hybrid learning and contactless dining experiences,” said Brian Madigan, vice president of campus and corporate partners at Grubhub. “We’re excited to partner with Transact to help university partners stay nimble with continued flexible meal models and expand the off-campus dining options available to students, while driving orders to local restaurants in their communities.”

“We’re always looking for ways to increase the value of student ID cards, and partnering with Grubhub to provide students with additional off-campus dining options makes the cards even more indispensable,” said Erica Bass, vice president of product management at Transact. “By giving students more cashless options to choose from, we’re doubling down on our efforts to provide a superior dining and overall campus experience.”

Campuses with an existing Transact off-campus merchant program can easily add Grubhub as an off-campus merchant to their existing program to give students more dining options. Matt Camino, director of the PacificCard™ at the University of the Pacific, said, “Our experience adding Grubhub to our off-campus flex tender program has been seamless. We added Grubhub to fill a gap for students who do not have transportation off campus readily available. Our students are excited about the additional food options and delivery services. With students returning to campus fully, I’m looking forward to the positive impact that Grubhub and CampusCash off-campus program partnership will provide.”

Fairleigh Dickinson University piloted the partnership with Grubhub and CampusCash for its  Teaneck, N.J., and Madison, N.J., campuses. Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services, Bob Valenti, said, “Fairleigh Dickinson University is always looking for new and creative ideas to better serve our students. New ideas are easily implemented when you have partners willing to work with you for the good of the overall student experience. We’re fortunate enough to have established relationships with Transact – CampusCash and Gourmet Dining. As the Covid-19 pandemic became increasingly more severe, we were forced to limit our hours and dining options available on campus. We were faced with the dilemma of not only keeping our students safe, but also of providing them options outside our normal hours. With Grubhub as part of our program, we were able to offer students expanded hours, increased popular and local dining options, and the flexibility they needed to get them through some very rough times. Our students were so pleased and we’re happy to announce the partnership will continue to be included in some of our meal plans for the upcoming academic year.”

For more information about the partnership and to bring the off-campus program with Grubhub and Transact to your institution, please visit campus.grubhub.com/transact.

Grubhub and Yandex SDG Partner for Robot Delivery on College Campuses

Yandex autonomous delivery robots will expand Grubhub’s delivery capabilities, including in campus areas only accessible by foot

 

Grubhub, the leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery platform on college campuses, and Yandex Self-Driving Group (SDG), a leading autonomous vehicles developer inside Yandex, one of Europe’s largest internet companies, announced today a multi-year partnership where Yandex will be Grubhub’s robot delivery provider. Grubhub will now provide campus partners the ability to deploy Yandex robots on-site for faster, more cost-effective deliveries to complement its existing capabilities tailored for colleges and universities.

Marking its break into the U.S. market, Yandex’s delivery robots use the company’s proprietary self-driving technologies, including autonomous navigation of pavements, pedestrian areas, and crosswalks, making it possible to reach areas on campus not accessible by cars. Such functionality enables the robots to handle delivery tasks without human guidance, providing efficient automation for last mile logistics scenarios.

“Together with Yandex, we’re changing the way college students experience food delivery,” said Brian Madigan, vice president of corporate and campus partners at Grubhub. “We’re excited to offer these cost-effective, scalable and quick food ordering and delivery capabilities to colleges and universities across the country that are looking to adapt to students’ unique dining needs. While college campuses are notoriously difficult for cars to navigate, specifically as it relates to food delivery, Yandex robots easily access parts of campuses that vehicles cannot — effectively removing a major hurdle universities face when implementing new technology.”

Grubhub partners with more than 250 college campuses across the United States to give students the ability to integrate meal plans directly into their Grubhub account and access restaurants both on- and off-campus for delivery and pickup. With the Yandex SDG partnership, universities can bring this technology to their campuses and disrupt the traditional status quo dining experience. Grubhub campus dining also offers contact-free delivery, and students enrolled in campus dining at participating campuses are able to claim a free Grubhub + membership.

“We chose to partner with Grubhub for campus delivery because of Grubhub’s unparalleled reach into college campuses across the United States, as well as the flexibility and strength of their ordering platform,” said Dmitry Polishchuk, CEO of Yandex Self-Driving Group. “We are delighted to deploy dozens of our rovers, taking the next step in actively commercializing our self-driving technology in different markets across the globe.”

Yandex robots, called rovers, are able to perform last-mile deliveries on pre-mapped areas; operate during daylight, night, average snow and rain; navigate autonomously between pick up and drop off points; and use regulated and unregulated crosswalks. As the delivery robot approaches its final destination, the diner receives a push notification with the status update, and when it arrives, they open the hatch of the rover via the Grubhub app. The diner then takes the food out of the opened rover, closes the hatch and lets it proceed to the next delivery.

“As we looked for a robot delivery partner, we recognized that we not only needed best-in-class technology, but the resources and scale to meet the unique demands of our campus clients,” said Sean Ir, director of strategic partnerships at Grubhub. “Yandex was the clear choice, and together we will serve colleges and universities across the country better than ever before.”

Grubhub and Yandex’s partnership will be available to universities for the Fall semester. For more information on Grubhub campus dining, please click here.

GrubHub and Spoon University Analysis Highlights Differences in College Eating Habits

Student Food Preferences Deviate from the Norm, From Ordering Times to Caffeine Consumption

CHICAGO, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — With class back in session for students across the country, GrubHub Inc., the nation’s leading online and mobile food-ordering service, teamed up with Spoon University, an online food publication and community for college students, to unwrap collegiate takeout habits. Together, they confirmed that drastic differences in eating habits exist between college students and the general population, especially when it comes to caffeine and ordering hours.

For a comprehensive understanding of student diners, GrubHub analysts examined orders placed by students from hundreds of college campuses during the 2013-2014 school year. While some of the data confirms that traditional takeout foods like pizza, wings and salads are popular across the board, other findings highlight the differences between student diners and average GrubHub diners. The analysis shows that college diners:

  • Caffeinate creatively: Energy drinks are 83 percent more commonly ordered by college diners, while coffee is 15 percent less commonly ordered.
  • Start the day later: Early-morning orders (between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.) are 66 percent less common for college diners.
  • Keep it cool: Spicy orders are 26 percent less common among college students than non-college diners.
  • Embrace being omnivores: Vegetarian and vegan orders are 25 percent less common among college diners.
  • Ask for the works: Even as restaurants look to add healthier options to their menus, healthy substitutions and special requests are still 23 percent less common for college diners.
  • Skip the sweets: Dessert orders are 18 percent less common among college diners.
  • Burn the midnight oil: Late-night orders (placed between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.) are 100 percent more common among college diners.

“The habits displayed by college diners, and the takeout restaurants that cater to this population, help illustrate the inherent differences between college culture and the rest of the nation,” said GrubHub Inc. president, Jonathan Zabusky. “It’s great to see that students take advantage of GrubHub’s convenience and flexibility to help fuel college life.”

Takeout Preferences of College Students
In addition to identifying key trends in college takeout, GrubHub’s analysis shows that certain foods are ordered by college students more than the typical GrubHub diner, with traditional takeout favorites like Italian and Chinese ranking highest.

  • Calzone – 150 percent more commonly ordered
  • Chicken with Broccoli – 114 percent more commonly ordered
  • General Tso’s Chicken – 92 percent more commonly ordered
  • Sesame Chicken – 88 percent more commonly ordered
  • Dumplings – 62 percent more commonly ordered
  • Wings – 56 percent more commonly ordered
  • Chicken Parmesan – 36 percent more commonly ordered
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken – 34 percent more commonly ordered
  • Wonton Soup – 19 percent more commonly ordered
  • Fries – 19 percent more commonly ordered

“With school and social calendars booked around-the-clock, college students often find themselves without the time or ingredients (not to mention a kitchen) to prepare food for themselves – so ordering takeout is a huge part of their lifestyles,” said Spoon University co-founder, Mackenzie Barth. “It’s no surprise that students order comfort foods at home and in the dorms, but as they learn more about the options available for takeout, we expect to see them making healthier and more adventurous choices when ordering from GrubHub.”

Leading the Pack in Campus Order Habits
In addition to profiling the college diner, GrubHub and Spoon University have delved into the unique takeout habits of campuses across the country. To see how your favorite college stacks up, check out GrubHub and Spoon University’s college rankings, here.

To find takeout restaurants available in your area, please visit GrubHub.com, and for more information on GrubHub Inc., please visit media.grubhub.com.

About GrubHub Inc.
GrubHub Inc. (NYSE:  GRUB) is the nation’s leading online and mobile food ordering company dedicated to connecting hungry diners with local takeout restaurants. The company’s online and mobile ordering platforms allow diners to order directly from approximately 30,000 takeout restaurants in more than 700 U.S. cities and London. Every order is supported by the company’s 24/7 customer service teams.

About Spoon University
Spoon University is a food media company with a focus on college students, building communities on college campuses nationwide. Spoon has chapters at 40 universities with over 1,000 students contributing to local editorial and marketing teams. Spoon’s mission is to help students eat intelligently while empowering them to build, lead, maintain and market their own online publications.

SOURCE GrubHub Inc.

Allie Mack, 773-250-0618, amack@grubhub.com

Urban College Students Are Early Risers in GrubHub’s College Rankings

Students at high-performing, urban schools rank highest in breakfast and coffee orders

CHICAGO, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Often dubbed “the most important meal of the day,” breakfast is commonly linked to cognitive performance and academic achievement. By breaking down collegiate order data, GrubHub, a GrubHub Seamless brand, uncovered that students from historically high-performing, urban colleges lead the way in ordering breakfast and coffee for takeout.

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To uncover the schools with the most morning go-getters, GrubHub analysts reviewed orders placed by students in more than 350 college markets. When compared to the average GrubHub college diner, students at the following schools are three times more likely to get “up and at ’em” as early as 6 a.m., or three times more likely to order coffee throughout the day. Several schools appear on both lists.

College Early Birds*

Most Coffee Drinkers

1.      Columbia University

1.      Pratt Institute

1.      Hofstra University

2.      Columbia University

2.      University of Pennsylvania

3.      Hofstra University

3.      DePaul University

4.      Cornell University

4.      Cornell University

5.      New York University

“Balancing unconventional schedules, heavy workloads and demanding social lives can be a real challenge for college students,” said Mike Evans, GrubHub Seamless COO. “GrubHub’s website and mobile apps are free to use 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so students can find great food – and caffeine – when they need it most.”

To learn more about college eating habits and see how specific colleges fare in GrubHub’s complete list of college rankings (including categories such as healthiest and pickiest eaters), please visit here. Or, check out Grubhub.com to find takeout restaurants available in your area.

About GrubHub Seamless
GrubHub Seamless is the nation’s leading online and mobile food-ordering company dedicated to connecting hungry diners with local takeout restaurants. GrubHub Seamless owns a portfolio of brands that includes GrubHub (www.grubhub.com), Seamless (www.seamless.com), MenuPages (www.menupages.com) and Allmenus (www.allmenus.com). The organization’s free online and mobile ordering platforms allow diners and 4,000+ corporate businesses to order directly from approximately 25,000 takeout restaurants in more than 500 U.S. cities and London, and every order is supported by the organization’s 24/7 customer service. GrubHub Seamless is a privately held company with offices in Chicago, New York City, Salt Lake City and London.

* Early bird ranking based on universities with the highest percentage of students placing orders between 6-9 a.m.