Postmates is a logistics company that operates a network of couriers who deliver goods locally.
Postmates is closely compared to other online delivery services such as Uber, Lyft, or Waiter.com because of its use of mobile phones to receive orders and dispatch delivery drivers. As of December 2014, Postmates operates in 18 U.S. cities. As of October 2015, their website lists more than 100 metropolitan areas.
The service is part of a category of businesses that rely on mobile phone applications and their Global Positioning System capabilities to quickly match inventories and consumer demand.
Postmates is an example of an on-demand company. Postmates co-founder Bastian Lehmann calls the company anti-Amazon, saying “Amazon comes along and builds a warehouse outside a city. We like to say the city’s our warehouse. We try to understand the inventory available, hacking the city, and having a fleet of delivery people that distribute these inventories.
Postmates is transforming the way goods move around cities by enabling anyone to have anything delivered on-demand. Our revolutionary Urban Logistics platform connects customers with local couriers who can deliver anything from any store or restaurant in minutes. We empower communities to shop local with no waiting, and empower businesses through our API to offer delivery.