There's an explosion of self-described "Uber-like" delivery start-ups entering the Boston scene this week, bringing all manners of food and other items to you while you stay at home in your pajamas. Whether you're looking for the nearest slice of pizza, those items you forgot at the grocery store, or a full meal from your favorite restaurant, one of these new services might meet your needs. Here's a run-down.
Postmates, which describes itself as "Uber for stuff," launches here today and already exists in nine other cities. It consists of a "dedicated fleet of couriers" that'll deliver pretty much anything from a store or a restaurant within an hour. Boston customers will get free delivery for the first two weeks (it costs $5 and up in the future, depending on distance), and starting at 11 a.m. today, you might have the opportunity to get a free lobster roll from Yankee Lobster if you're in the delivery zone, while supplies last. Download the app and look at the home screen to claim one. The app also includes real-time tracking so you can see where your courier is and when your stuff will arrive.
Meanwhile, Austin-based Favor, "your personal delivery assistant," launched in Boston over the weekend, also offering to bring you whatever you want from restaurants and stores. The current delivery area spans from the heart of Allston in the west to the Theatre District in the east, the Charles River to the north and Brookline Village and Roxbury Crossing to the south. Current hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and the company claims an average delivery time of 35 minutes. Like Postmates, delivery fees begin at $5. Download here.
And on a more specific delivery front, San Francisco-based PizzaTheApp ("like Uber, for pizza") is ready to flip the switch in Boston, its second city, any day now. The app is geared at people who want pizza right now but don't really care where it comes from. You don't choose; it chooses for you based on quality and proximity. To find out as soon as the site launches, sign up here.