SEATTLE, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- OfferUp™, the largest mobile marketplace in the U.S. for local buying and selling, and supermarket retailer Giant Eagle, Inc. today announced a partnership that will make it easier for customers in the Northeast to find secure locations for meeting and exchanging items. Starting today, OfferUp customers that buy or sell items within the company's mobile app can select one of 91 nearby Giant Eagle, Market District, and GetGo locations as a designated Community MeetUp Spot, where they can complete their transactions in a secure location.
Millions of people use OfferUp every day to buy and sell items to friends and neighbors, but also new acquaintances. Trust and safety is paramount to creating positive experiences, and each OfferUp Community MeetUp Spot is monitored, well-lit, and surveilled.
"OfferUp's partnership with Giant Eagle is the first of its kind between a local marketplace and leading supermarket retailer. We're both community-driven companies that thrive on delivering friendly and trusted experiences for our customers," said Natalie Angelillo, VP of Community at OfferUp. "This is about providing our customers with value and convenience, regardless of whether they're buying something from their neighbor, shopping for groceries or fueling up their tank."
Earlier this year, OfferUp created SafeTradeSpots.com, the largest national database of locations for in-person transactions. The company already collaborates with over 1,400 police departments across the country to designate and manage their version of a Community MeetUp Spot, which helps ensure buyers and sellers can meet for in-person transactions with added peace of mind. Adding popular retail locations from Giant Eagle to OfferUp's current list of safe exchange spots adds to the core customer safety features in the app, including TruYou identity confirmation, user ratings and reviews, and secure in-app messaging that allows customers to communicate without having to share their personal information.
The partnership also includes a digital coupon for OfferUp customers to get a free 16 oz. bottle of Market District Ready-to-Drink Tea or Lemonade from Giant Eagle when they make plans to meet at a participating Giant Eagle, Market District, or GetGo location. The coupon is available for a limited time.
To get the coupon, customers in Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, who are communicating via OfferUp's in-app chat feature, should:
- Suggest meeting at a Giant Eagle, Market District, or GetGo location
- When prompted, select "Get free item" to get the coupon for a free drink, and select "find locations" to get a list of participating stores
- Get the exclusive coupon for the free drink in the app, and redeem it at a participating store when meeting up to exchange your item
"At Giant Eagle, we have always considered it our responsibility to meet the needs of our customers and to add value to the communities we serve," said Giant Eagle spokesperson Dan Donovan. "Through partnership with OfferUp, our hope is to provide a safe and convenient environment for our customers to accomplish one more thing while they're grocery shopping at Giant Eagle or filling up their tank at GetGo."
For retailers interested in participating or learning more about OfferUp's Retail Community MeetUp Spots Program, contact [email protected]. Download the OfferUp app in the App Store or Google Play Store.
OfferUp is dedicated to building the simplest and most trustworthy way for people to buy and sell in their communities. As the largest and fastest growing mobile marketplace for local buyers and sellers in the U.S., OfferUp's iOS and Android apps make selling an item as easy as snapping a picture from your mobile phone. The privately held company is based in Bellevue, WA. and backed by top investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Warburg Pincus, GGV Capital, T Rowe Price and Coatue Management. For more information, visit our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
About Giant Eagle
Giant Eagle, Inc., ranked among the top 40 on Forbes magazine's largest private corporations list, is one of the nation's largest food retailers and distributors with approximately $8.9 billion in annual sales. Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle, Inc. has grown to be a leading supermarket retailer in the region with more than 410 stores throughout western Pennsylvania, north central Ohio, northern West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana.