Postmates was founded in 2011 by Sam Street, Sean Plaice, and Bastian Lehmann and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
In December 2014, Postmates opened its application programming interface to merchants to allow small businesses to compete for speedy delivery of consumer goods with larger companies such as Amazon. It is currently being tested with Starbucks, McDonald’s, Chipotle, 7-Eleven, the Apple Store, Walgreens, and Curbside. The company announced in December 2014 that it had completed its millionth delivery and that it had over 6,000 drivers in its network.
In June 2015, Postmates announced that they had surpassed 2.5 million deliveries across 28 markets and expanded their fleet to 13,000 couriers.
In September 2015, Postmates unveiled a revamped version of its app, dubbed Postmates 3.0, which features category discovery, delivery tracking, gifting and estimated delivery times.