Ashland University is testing new boundaries in campus dining services with its new online grocery service. The initiative, called The Eagle Marketplace, is an online grocery store available on campus to Ashland students, faculty and staff, and offers an alternative to the traditional meal plan services offered by the university.
As reported by the Morrow County Sentinel, The Eagle Marketplace will offer all of the same products that are being offered in the inventory of dining services, in addition to standard grocery store fare. Food deliveries are already offered on campus, so repackaging and selling the food items makes grocery shopping a breeze for Ashland students.
In fact, grocery shopping is already available to students on the online marketplace. The Eagle Marketplace offers fresh produce, meats and other items that can be delivered direct to a student’s door, saving them a trip to the local grocery store.
Students can shop on the webpage, purchase the item and then receive it from the university either by picking it up in person or having it delivered on campus or directly to their apartment.
The service carries a minimum order amount of $30, and orders must be placed 1 day before delivery or pick up by 10 am. For example, if the delivery day is Monday, a student must order by 10 am on Sunday.
Future plans for the online marketplace includes full, ready to eat servings called “Home in a Hurry” meals. Designed with employees who work late and don’t have time to cook dinner for themselves, the Home in a Hurry meal will offer a full sit-down dinner made fresh in the dining hall and ready for pick up.
Most Ashland students living on campus have meal plans, and the marketplace will allow these students to use their meal swipes as a payment option. Students can also choose to pay for the items purchased on the online marketplace with Eagle Dollars or standard credit/debit cards.