Grubhub unveils new meal perk for office workers

Tech Roundup: The Grubhub Pay Card can be used at home or at work.

Grubhub is rolling out a new meal perk for office workers as more Americans return to the workplace. 

The delivery company’s corporate clients can soon offer their employees a Grubhub Pay Card, which they can use to pay for meals from a variety of restaurants at home or at work.

It’s part of Grubhub’s corporate ordering business that allows employers to extend credit to employees to use on Grubhub’s marketplace. 

The card connects to that same line of credit, but it is not limited to restaurants on Grubhub’s platform: Employees can use it at any restaurant that accepts credit or debit cards. They can also use it while working at home in addition to in the office, with specific parameters set by their employer.

Grubhub said the flexibility aligns with a move toward more hybrid work schedules amid the pandemic. And it said it would help drive orders to restaurant, including ones it doesn’t explicitly partner with. 

Restaurants that are listed on Grubhub will not have to pay commissions on in-person orders using the card. It’s expected to be available later this year, the company said.

Thousands of U.S. companies use Grubhub’s corporate accounts services, and the company has seen a massive uptick in corporate orders this year: They’re up 500% both nationwide and in New York compared to April 2020, a representative said. 

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