Postmates, which is like “Uber” for stuff, unlocks the inventory of a city by connecting customers with a dedicated fleet of couriers to deliver anything in under an hour. Postmates is currently doing over 15,000 deliveries a week in six cities across the U.S., and starting today will allow Austinites to get nearly any item — from takeout and groceries to retail items and even prescriptions — delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The app, available for iOS and Android, allows users to browse an inventory of thousands of restaurants and stores in their city, add items instantly, watch their rated “Postmate” (either a driver or bike messenger) moving on the map, and track their order status in real time. Deliveries start at $5 and users pay for everything within the app — including tip — so you never have to run out and get cash.
Postmates knows it has a good shot at becoming the go-to on-demand delivery space in Austin given it’s successful track record in major cities across the country (including San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago and most recently Los Angeles). They chose Austin as their next market for expansion due to high demand and a consumer base with an appetite for variety but limited delivery options. Imagine being able to order in pizza from Home Slice, coffee from Thunderbird, steak from South Congress Café and buffalo fried pickles from Second Bar + Kitchen with the touch of a button. Postmates makes that possible by picking up from merchants that don’t offer delivery themselves — and again is available 24/7.
For Postmates, every new city has grown faster than the one launched before it. To date, the service has driven over $12 million in revenue to local businesses across the country, and paid out over $5M in income to couriers. Across the country they’ve employed over 3,000 local couriers — and will be hiring a strong fleet of local Austin residents to support the local deliveries. The initial delivery zone covers Downtown, South Congress, Zilker, Tarrytown, Rosedale, UT Campus, West Campus and part of Barton Hills. Postmates will begin expanding to other Austin areas shortly after the launch.
As part of a launch promotion, Austinites can get free delivery through June 15th. Also, the first 500 users that sign up in Austin and make their first purchase will receive $50 in delivery credit. Today and tomorrow, starting at 11am, Austin users in the delivery zone can get a free mini-pie from Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop while supplies last. The promotion will be featured on the home screen.