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Mobile grocer launches at several LIRR stations

Commuters walk by a new billboard at the

Commuters walk by a new billboard at the Farmindgale LIRR station promoting Peapod, an online grocery delivery service. (Oct. 19, 2012) Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

An online grocery operation is making it possible for some commuters to do their weekly shopping at the Long Island Rail Road station.

The grocer, Chicago-based Peapod, recently began promoting its mobile operations on Long Island by setting up grocery billboards at 13 LIRR stations. The company is already running an online grocery ordering and delivery operation on the Island.

The billboard has photos of the most common grocery items and a code. Customers scan the code for groceries they need using the Peapod app on a smartphone. The items are later delivered to the customer's home at a set time. Peapod groceries are provided through Stop & Shop.

The train station billboards are temporary and part of a campaign to make consumers more aware of Peapod's mobile shopping app, a spokeswoman for the company said. Customers can buy groceries using the app without scanning the billboard codes.

The LIRR stations that feature Peapod billboards are: Babylon, Bethpage, Deer Park, Farmingdale, Glen Cove, Kings Park, Long Beach, Massapequa, Port Washington, Rockville Centre, Ronkonkoma, Stony Brook and Syosset.

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