Postmates and Chill

Jessica with Postmates in 2017.

Jessica with Postmates in 2017.

One of the biggest criticisms Millennials face is that we’re lazy. But I’m pretty sure it wasn’t our generation that coined the saying “work smarter, not harder”. Am I right? Either way, we shouldn’t be condemned for finding innovative ways to get sh*t done. Now that there’s an app for literally everything, it really isn’t difficult to get things done without lifting a finger.  So I’ve highlighted Postmates which delivers foods at the push of a button for the lazy millennial in us all. 

Even though I’m fairly young and work online, I tend to be a pretty late adapter when it comes to new technology. I’m not sure why, exactly, but I’ve just never been very good with tech. But when I catch on to technology I become sort of obsessed.

How did I just discover Postmates?!?

I mentioned Postmates in passing, though hadn’t actually used it before. I guess the best way to describe Postmates is as the Uber of food delivery (which might sound a bit backwards, since Uber has its own food delivery service!).

Postmates is available 24/7/365 in over 100 markets. 

Their app is easy to use. Here’s how Postmates works in general:

Step 1: select which restaurant you want food from

There are tons of of options, as you can have delivery from virtually any restaurant in the city. Restaurants are sorted by location, type of cuisine, etc. Or you can just enter the name in the app. From Nobu to Pinkberry to Starbucks to Chick-Fil-A, they’ll get you just about anything from anywhere. Heck, they’ll even run to the liquor store for you or pick up your dry cleaning.

For example, last night I was in LA and felt like Thai food. There were several options.

Step 2: share the specifics of your order

This is where the app is fantastic, as any supported restaurant displays their entire menu through the app, and they really make it easy to customize the order.

For example, I chose to order from Galanga Thai Fusion. Below are the curries I could choose from.

Then on the next screen I should specify what type of meat I wanted

And then on the next screen I could specify what I wanted to do if my exact order wasn’t available.

So they really do make the process idiot proof. Heck, I usually struggle getting my order right when ordering directly from a restaurant, let alone when a third party is involved. But Postmates makes it easy.

Step 3: confirm your order

In the next step the entire order is summarized, and then an estimate is given about how long it will take, as well as the cost (more on that below).

Step 4: track your order

So what happens once you place your order?

  • Within seconds you’re connected to a driver who confirms your order, and then through the app you can track their progress as they drive to the restaurant, pick up the order, and drive to you
  • They’ll call or text you as they get near to arrange pick-up details
  • All payment is handled through the app, and there’s a feedback/rating system, so service from drivers tends to be excellent

Step 5: enjoy the food

Arguably the best step of all. 

How much does Postmates cost?

So what’s the charge for using Postmates? Obviously you’ll pay whatever the normal restaurant prices are, and then Postmates charges the following fees:

  • A delivery fee which varies based on the distance of the restaurant from where you want the delivery to (in general it’s about $5 — last night it was a bit more expensive for me, since the restaurant was a bit further away)
  • 9% service fee
  • You have the option of tipping the driver through the app after the order is complete (the app suggests anywhere from 10-20% as a tip amount)

While that’s not cheap, this really is a value add service, as they’ll literally pick up anything from anywhere for you. Generally speaking I tip when I carry out (I realize servers in the US live on tips, and that includes those working takeout), so to me that’s a cost I pay regardless.

So the additional cost is the delivery fee (usually ~$5) plus a 9% service fee. If you order a $25 meal, that’s ~$7.25.

So why do you even NEED Postmates?

  • If you don’t have a car and are in an area without easy public transportation (like LA), that’s much cheaper than taking an Uber to pick up food
  • Unless the restaurant is nearby, realistically you can expect it to take 20-30 minutes to pick up food between driving there, waiting on the order, and bringing it back; if you value your time a reasonable amount, that may be worth the cost of using Postmates.

Now since you know about the power of Postmates, it's time to kick off your weekend with some Netflix and good ol' food delivery.