Postmates, which describes itself as the "Uber of stuff," will deliver you anything ? lunch, drycleaning, prescriptions, an iPhone charger from the Apple Store ? in under an hour. Like many on-demand delivery apps of the moment, it provides real-time tracking and estimated time of arrival for orders. The delivery fee starts at $5 and is determined based on delivery distance.
Postmates sets itself apart in a crowded market by offering its services 24 hours a day. Similar apps that serve the Peninsula, such as DoorDash or Downtown (both Palo Alto-based companies) have set hours that the app is "open."
As of June 5, the company started delivering in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Menlo Park and Atherton.
Above: Postmates recently launched South Bay delivery zone. Image courtesy Postmates.
For interested users, Postmates is running a few promos in association with its Silicon Valley launch:
? Free delivery: SV-ers can get free delivery through the end of June.
? SVFriend code: $50 in delivery credit to first 250 SV-ers who sign up (new customers only, expires end of July).
Founded in 2011 in San Francisco, Postmates now also operates in Seattle, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and Austin (also launched this week).
Postmates is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.