Postmates App Allows You to Get Deliveries From Grocery Stores and Restaurants

Some of us remember watching old black-and-white television programs and movies where people got milk delivered to their doors. In fact, if many of us were honest, on the days when we go to our refrigerator and realize that we’re low on milk ourselves, we probably wish that we could forego making a quick run to the grocery store and simply have someone deliver it to us too.

Well, if you happen to live in New York City, Seattle, Washington DC or San Francisco, you’re actually in luck. Thanks to a new app known as Postmates, you can have milk and so much more delivered directly to your home.

Here’s how the app works: What it does is list for you the restaurants, fast-food places, delis, bakeries and groceries that are in the participating cities (it actually pulls all of them from the Four Square site). Once you’ve decided on the store you want to order from, you can either customize your own list or you can pull items from a variety of suggestions that are offered to you. It doesn’t have to be food-related; you can get anything that you want from the store that you’re looking at. (That’s actually something that makes Postmates different from other apps such as Google Shopping Express and Instacart.)

When you know exactly what it is that you want, you can place your order. Then you can use the app to actually track the progress of how your order is going (kind of similar to how if you order a pizza online from Pizza Hut, you can look on the site to see how long it will take to get it to you). Plus, if you happen to have a question about your order or you want to change something on it before it is sent out, you can call them.

Then, when your order arrives to your door, the total fee for the service is charged to the credit card that you gave Postmates. Once it is approved, an email receipt is sent to you that features an actual picture of the physical receipt that you would receive if you were to have been shopping at the store.

For something this convenient, we’re pretty sure that you’re wondering just how much it will cost you. The good news is that the flat delivery fee is $5.75. Then you need to add a 9 percent convenience charge that is based on the overall total of the items that you purchased. (As a bonus, the $5.75 delivery fee is being waived through February 3, 2014 in order to get more people interested.)

From stay-at-home moms to corporate executives to even members of theĀ My National Grocers Association, we’re going to be curious to see how people respond to this app being that it’s just one more way to make people’s daily lives easier. For now, it’s a reminder of how much technology has evolved.

Years ago, it was milk that was being delivered. Thanks to Postmates, now it’s just about anything that you wish.

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