Waze partners with Too Good To Go to help reduce food waste

Thirty million folks use the Waze app, the Google-owned GPS navigation device for drivers, so as to keep away from site visitors and discover essentially the most stress-free methods to get round. Now, with a brand new partnership, the corporate hopes it could navigate that substantial consumer base to economical food choices throughout their journeys, and help lower food waste on the identical time.

Waze has rolled out a brand new marketing campaign with Too Good To Go, an app that enables folks to purchase surplus food gadgets that may in any other case be discarded at discounted charges. The winner of this 12 months’s World Altering Concepts award within the Apps class, Too Good To Go allows eateries to pack and promote “shock baggage” of food, both ready meals or uncooked substances, normally at a 3rd of the retail worth. Folks can log into the app and reserve and pay for a bag of products to choose up at a later scheduled time.

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“The side of shock is definitely an important a part of the expertise,” says Chris Spinelli, U.S. partnerships advertising supervisor at Too Good To Go, and a former Waze worker, who designed the partnership alongside with former Waze colleague and present principal account supervisor Andrew Pilecki. “We don’t discriminate on the earth of food waste,” he provides. “So long as it may be safely consumed, it’s good for our app.”

With Waze, that course of turns into simpler for commuters. Waze customers are already used to seeing “pins” on their maps, which notify them of nuisances reminiscent of building, street closures, and velocity traps forward on their routes. There are additionally some branded pins: “digital billboards” whereby corporations can promote their areas for drivers. Waze customers will now find a way to see Too Good To Go pins, displaying shops and eating places which can be giving out their leftover items. As an illustration, they could see that there are treats obtainable from La Colombe Espresso Roasters, Simply Salad, Juice Press, or Auntie Annie’s. By Waze, they’ll find a way to obtain the Too Good To Go app, reserve a spot, and choose up the food after work—after all, utilizing Waze to get there.


Pilecki says Waze is an particularly appropriate associate, as a result of the complete foundation of its operation already depends on its consumer group, who ship in “enriched data” about site visitors, which informs the real-time mapping. “Our group is basically massive on giving again and serving to one another,” he says. After piloting charitable initiatives in previous years, the corporate formalized its influence initiatives into Waze For Good on the finish of 2020, which kicked off with the addition of 74,000 food banks around the globe to its maps.

For Too Good To Go, the final word purpose is to reduce food waste, which additionally could also be an efficient means to fight local weather change; food waste might contribute as a lot as 10% of the world’s greenhouse gasoline emissions. It’s estimated that each kilogram of food waste emits 2.5 kg of carbon dioxide—equal to charging your smartphone 422 instances.

The Too Good To Go pins can be seen on Waze till September 10 in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Portland, and Seattle, although the plan is to consider the trial and increase it at a later date. Pilecki says the environmental purpose is appropriate with Waze’s principal precedence as a enterprise: to reduce site visitors for the common driver, who sits in 40 hours of congestion a 12 months. “Anytime you’re in your automotive,” he says, “if we will prevent a pair minutes—and avoid wasting emissions alongside the best way—we’re extraordinarily enthusiastic about that.”