Yelp today introduced food ordering and delivery from its website and said that it will roll out transactions between local businesses and the consumers that find them through Yelp across all types of businesses in the coming months.
Yelp will roll out a “Call to Action” feature that allows merchants to support a single transaction on their Yelp business listing page.
Yelp is perhaps best known for bar and eatery reviews, but shopping is the dominant category on the site, leading the company to consider supporting e-commerce on its side, CEO Jeremy Stoppelman said in a presentation at the LeWeb conference in London today.
Yelp is adding restaurants’ inspection scores to their venue pages, starting with San Francisco and New York, the company said today.
Apps for hand-held and tablet devices will be a part of the 15th Annual Webby Awards, which set an early entry deadline of Oct. 29, with nominations to be announced in April and the winners to be recognized at a June gala.
The new mobile-app category will be judged by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, UrbanDaddy CEO Lance Broumand, and Thrillist co-founder Ben Lerer.
The Webby Awards executive director David-Michel Davies said:
In our 15 years honoring the best of the Internet, we’ve seen few developments have as profound an effect as apps and the mobile Web. Apps have transformed the online experience, changing the way we access content and enhancing every aspect of our daily lives. We’re looking forward to honoring not only these pioneering innovators, but also the Web sites, videos, and advertising that continue to shape the Internet’s future.