Shuttle is now accepting Bitcoin

That’s right, now you can use the world’s most popular cryptocurrency to buy your food, and get it delivered. We wanted to provide an easy way for the numerous Seoulites with bitcoins, to pay for their meal deliveries. We are proud to announce that we are the first food delivery company in Korea to accept Bitcoin.

Shuttle charges no additional fee to pay via Bitcoin. You can use any wallet you have on your phone, and – thanks to our partner solution at BitPay – payments just take a few seconds to confirm. All prices are instantly converted from Korean won to Bitcoin, at the time of writing, an order for 35,000 KRW would cost you 0.01244 Bitcoin, or 12.44 millibits.

 

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How do I use Bitcoin on Shuttle?

1. Get some Bitcoins
The easiest way is to sign up for an exchange like Korbit or Coinbase where you can change your KRW to BTC

2. Shop
Select a restaurant, add your food to the cart and click “Order” to get to the checkout page. There you select “Bitcoin”

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3. A popup for your payment opens

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4. Scan to pay 
Take out your phone that has a Bitcoin wallet app installed, and use the “Scan” or “Read QR code” function of your app.

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5. Done
Lean back, Shuttle will handle the rest from here!
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Why Bitcoin?

Recently, we added PayPal as a payment option, but after listening to our customers, we realized that it isn’t the right solution for everyone. It suffers from the same restrictions on credit card transactions like most other payment gateways in Korea. The old requirements about Internet Explorer and ActiveX.

Korea is a technologically advanced and progressive country. But online payments have always been a source of frustration for Koreans in general, and expats especially. The prerequisites for online payments are numerous. You need to download and install numerous security plugins, provide a Korean ID number, a Korean phone number that is registered in your name, and then you can only use Internet Explorer. For the foreign community in Seoul, who – in proportion- use more Macs and often lack one of the above requirements, this is a major pain point. That’s why we see Bitcoin as a perfect fit.

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We’re a bunch of early adopters who believe that there is always a better technology out there to solve our problems. And because Korea has these unique issues that hinder the spread of easy and affordable online payment options, we saw cryptocurrencies as a perfect fit for our and our customer’s problems. We live in exciting times. Let’s give Bitcoin another practical use.

More Delivery Options will be Available in Gangnam!

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Coming soon! Shuttle plans to add at least 60 new options for it’s Gangnam customers.  

 

Right now there are only about 14 delivery options in Gangnam on the Shuttle Delivery service.  We want this number to grow to about 75 in the next couple months and eventually reach 150 options. We want customers in Gangnam to feel like they are getting just as many choices as the Itaewon customers have gotten used to having.  

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We understand that our service is probably not well known to the folks living in Gangnam because they are not seeing that many restaurants that interest them. We know in order to get them to spread the word to their friends and colleagues; we must give them something worth talking about. There needs to be a clear sign of dedication to their needs and concerns.  The way to exhibit that dedication is by showing the community of Gangnam that we are more present, and with an intention to grow further in that region.  

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Many of the restaurants we plan to add, include local burger favorites like Gilbert Burgers, and Firebell. Also local pizza go-tos like Brick Oven Pizza and The Booth will be targeted. Cherished Gangnam darlings like Bad Farmers, Pick-a-bagel, Jihal Guys, Holee Chow will be aimed for as well. Last but not least we totally intend to gather international chains like California Pizza Kitchen, Subway, and Quiznos. We really want to offer something for everyone’s taste so this will hopefully be a more comprehensive solution for the Gangnam community to help with their delivery needs.   

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This will hopefully show the entire Seoul community about our commitment to growing and improving.  We hope this jumpstarts us to eventually take over more areas in Seoul and eventually all over Korea. This will be a very important chapter in the story of our existence in the Korean food delivery ecosystem.  We hope you guys will support us on our newest venture and we will do our best to make your support worthwhile.

 

Restaurants with ZERO delivery fee

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Hi again Shuttle Community. This week we decided to do something that we felt was very important.  We wanted to write our blog about some partner restaurants which decided to work with us on the monthly promotion that we have been doing for over 6 months now.  These restaurants exclusively allow us to deliver to customers for no delivery fee.  The only thing the customer has to pay for is the cost of the food! We think this is worth promoting, since we would always hear naysayers in the company’s beginnings say that no one would ever pay for delivery. This statement was found to be quite untrue, but we still believe that there are customers out there that paying a delivery fee inhibits them from trying the service.

So without much further ado; Here are the restaurants participating in our no delivery fee promotion!

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First up is Belgrade. Belgrade originally found fame on the Korean TV show ‘Gourmet Road’ (식신로드)

Belgrade Bar&Grill debuted on the famous TV show ‘Gourmet Road’ and was introduced as the first and only Serbian restaurant in Korea. In the show, viewers find out what Jong Jun-Ha, Min-a from AOA, Park Ji-yoon and Lee Jae-Hoon think about Belgrade Bar&Grill.

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Belgrade was opened with the idea of bringing the owners’ beloved Balkan cuisine to Seoul. Now with Shuttle Delivery it can arrive right to your door. Belgrade is very proud of their in-house cured and prepared meats, fired over a custom grill in true Balkan style. Experience tender Balkan Style beef, succulent pork, and juicy chicken dishes full of herbal flavors that tantalize your tastebuds. Welcome Belgrade to your home.

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Next up is House of Wings. Their claim to fame is being focused solely on wings.  Wings are not considered the favorite piece of chicken for Koreans (They usually prefer thigh meat) so this was a bigger risk as a business in Seoul than it would be if opened in the States. This place focuses on high quality simple ingredients and homemade sauces to set themselves apart from pub grub wings.  The restaurant is owned by John and he has a great reputation as friendly and personable man. John has principles that he strives to abide by; He chooses ingredients based on sustainability and simplicity. He also uses only domestic fresh ingredients in his food and organic ingredients whenever possible.

His wings are categorized into world city names that represent the different sauces that Chef John creates. 5 flavors represented by these 5 global cities; Buffalo, Seoul, Roma, Beijing, and Bangkok. The Buffalo city wings do a great job of having a pretty traditional buffalo flavor with home-made hot sauce and butter. The Seoul city wings are sweeter and consist of soy sauce, garlic and red pepper flakes; Long-term Seoul residents will recognize the flavor as being similar to Korean style Sweet and Spicy (Yangnyeom sauce) Chicken. The Roma City wings are based on the recipe of the well known Parmesan and Garlic chicken eaten in the states. The Beijing City wings are based a bit on the American Chinese mainstay General Tso’s chicken with ingredients like Yuza Jam, brown rice vinegar, and chilli pepper. And the last variety of wings he offers are the Bangkok City wings; they have distinct Thai flavors, because ingredients like Thai red curry paste and coconut milk are used.

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Next we have Persian Queen. Persian Queen gives you the royal treatment every time. Persian Queen is famous for its curry and taking an innovative approach to traditional Indian food with quality meats, vegetable, and spices. Dedicated chefs and owners make the dining experience at home or at the restaurant more fulfilling. One of the greatest Indian (North Indian) restaurants in Seoul but with just a cult following due to it’s small interior. It’s a very intimate place, perfect for a couple but it’s tiny so better just to get it delivered since there is no fee anyway 🙂

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And last but not least we have Spoon Me! Eat well, Stay Healthy is the motto. SpoonMe is a premium plant-based meal service designed for people on the move. Without an actual physical location, Spoon Me relies on Shuttle to serve it’s growing base of customers. They make creative, healthy and delicious bowls that are a perfect choice for vegans, vegetarians and those excited about healthy eating options. They understand the struggle of trying to eat food that is both nutritious and delicious—so their goal is to provide you with delivered, affordable, meals that save you valuable time and energy in your busy life. Unique and well balanced bowls are prepared with natural and fresh ingredients, guaranteed to leave you satisfied and feeling great. Spoon Me really believes eating healthy is not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

They have delivery options for everyone, with local quick service or door-to-door nationwide delivery.

Shuttle Delivery
Residents of central Seoul can order everyday on-demand athttps://goo.gl/xv2P98.
You can pay online or specify cash or card on delivery.

Residents in other parts Seoul and nation-wide can receive next-day deliveries. Orders placed today will be shipped in refrigerated packaging tomorrow. https://goo.gl/AGOOJE

Market Kurly
Korean speakers can order and pay online at www.Kurly.comfor next day delivery.

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All of these options are free delivery and can be delivered to you today! Place your order and only worry about the cost of the food. These 4 restaurants are at least worth trying out because of that. 🙂