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Postmates Enables Group Ordering

Multiple customers can now order items in one cart
Photograph courtesy of Postmates

SAN FRANCISCO —Postmates has launched Group Ordering, which allows a group of people to place an order together at the same time, sending each of their items into one cart.

With Group Ordering, everyone's order is placed at the same time and is delivered by one Postmates delivery person. Group Ordering follows the debut of Postmates Party, which allows customers to view a list of places that people around them are ordering from in real time.

"As local commerce continues to come online, we want to maintain the social, personable parts of the buying experience," said James Butts, senior vice president of product and design. "With innovative products like Postmates Party—and now Group Ordering—we're creating an entirely new way for people to interact with each other."

Here’s how customers place a group order:

  • The “host” creates the order and shares the link with their friends. They are given the option of setting a spending limit for the participants in the order—$20, $25, $30, or any other amount. While people in the group are placing their orders, the host will be able to see their status, so they know when everyone's order is in and they can place the order.
  • The host has the ability to edit an order before finalizing. Once the order is placed by the host, notifications will be sent to all customers in the group.
  • Standard pricing applies to these orders. If the host has an Unlimited subscription, then free delivery will be applied to the order.

San Francisco-based Postmates launched in 2011 as an on-demand delivery app offering items from restaurants and stores previously only available offline. The company now operates in about 3,500 cities and provides access to more than 500,000 merchants.

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