Grocery chain testing Flashfood mobile app

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The purchased food is stored at the front of each participating Family Fare in refrigerators and on storage racks until the store guest picks them up. Courtesy SpartanNash

A grocery chain is testing a new app in a few of its local stores that will allow customers to save money on food nearing its best-by date.

Byron Center-based SpartanNash said this week it will participate in a pilot for a mobile app by Toronto-based Flashfood at five of its West Michigan Family Fare stores.

The app allows store guests and community nonprofits to purchase food nearing its best-by date at savings of up to 50% off. Eligible items include meat, produce, seafood, deli and bakery products.

“Our aisles are filled with a variety of perishable foods, and as we get near the best-by dates, we want to make sure customers know about the savings available to them. This app is a win-win for customers and the environment,” said Matt Bennett, director, retail consumer innovation for SpartanNash.

 The five participating Family Fare stores testing the Flashfood app are located at:

  • 2245 84th St. SW in Byron Center
  • 1415 E. Fulton St. in Grand Rapids
  • 2755 Lake Michigan Drive NW in Grand Rapids
  • 1225 Leonard St. NE in Grand Rapids
  • 6127 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Kentwood

The Flashfood app is free and available for download on iOS and Android.

After downloading the app, customers can select a participating Family Fare store, choose the items they want to purchase and pay for them directly on the app, then pick up their items and confirm their order at the customer service counter.

The purchased food is stored at the front of each participating Family Fare in refrigerators and on storage racks until the store guest picks them up.

The Flashfood app is used by more than 440 grocery locations throughout Canada, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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