Postmates, a courier service accessible via Android and iOS apps, announced an updated version of its Postmates Delivery APITrack this API. The updated API offers a number of new features that include batching and multiple drop-offs. The enhancements support local retailers that desire to integrate on-demand delivery into their product offering. The updates are a direct response to more than 9 months of customer feedback.
"Since the launch of the API last December, more than 2,500 companies have requested access to build on our platform," Bastian Lehmann, Postmates CEO and co-founder, commented in a press release. "Now more than ever before, we are giving local retailers the ability to have a FedEx-like logistics platform for their city, completely changing local commerce as we know it."
Postmates launched a new API pricing model with the updated API. Deliveries start at $2.50 per pickup. The multiple drop-off feature can drastically reduce the cost of deliveries by the associated efficiency increase. The Postmates API currently serves retailers across 40 major metropolitan markets through a fleet of 18,000 riders and drivers.
In addition to the API updates, Postmates announced two new partners who should bring a new level of clout to the startup: Etsy and Kenneth Cole. Both brands have integrated the API into their systems and will soon offer delivery within an hour in New York City. Postmates and the new partners plan to expand the offering to addition geographies in the future.
In a world where large international carriers dominate courier services; local, on-demand deliveries are often overlooked. Postmates, through its API and app strategy, aim to bring modern technical innovation to the local markets. Continue to watch Postmates as it expands its geographic footprint and API features.