Top 11 Last-Mile Delivery Companies and Startups in the United States
The United States of America has a thriving startup and technology scene, with new companies and innovations emerging every day. Several startups are shaking up the status quo in logistics and delivery and providing new and innovative services. In this blog post, we will take a look at eleven of the top last-mile delivery companies and startups in the United States. We will provide an overview of each company and its services and key features. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Postmates was founded in 2011 by Sam Street, Sean Plaice, and Bastian Lehmann. They’re currently headquartered in San Francisco, California. In case you haven’t heard of them yet, they’re an app that delivers anything from anywhere just about instantly. All you have to do is open up their app and hit the order button; it’s that simple. They’re currently available in 18 U.S. cities, including the following:
Doorman also has a history dating back to 2011, founded by Joshua Scott and Gabriel Flateman. The company is based out of San Francisco and is currently only available in the city itself along with its surrounding suburbs. Their motto is “Your Luggage Gets There Before You Do.” It’s an app that lets you schedule a delivery from a local business to a place of your choosing for a future date and time. If you’re going on vacation, this is pretty useful as it will be able to handle things like fresh groceries or picking up boxes that you purchased online without the headache of lugging them around with you.
Prior to its rebranding in October 2014, this company was called “Help.” That makes sense in hindsight because what exactly does one do when they need help? Well, they call upon WunWun (pronounced like “one”), of course. This company is available in nine American cities, including New York City (previously mentioned), San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, and Dallas.
As you may have guessed by now, WunWun’s main objective is to provide quick deliveries at the touch of a button. Their mobile app makes this possible for just about anything you can think of getting delivered within New York City. They’ve also built themselves into other areas like their support platform that has 24/7 availability via phone or email if one wishes to contact them that way instead.
Zirx was founded back in 2012 by Andrew Koven and Tom O’Connor. This company operates out of San Francisco, California, with additional offices located throughout the United States, including Raleigh, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Atlanta, New York City (Manhattan and Brooklyn), and Los Angeles.
Cargomatic has the same objectives as the others mentioned in this article so far, where they provide deliveries to just about any domestic address you need. The only real difference with them is that they have an online portal where both drivers and shippers can post their availability for pickups or drop-offs, respectively.
Instacart was founded by Apoorva Mehta in 2012 and is based out of San Francisco, California. They also provide deliveries for items like fresh food (e.g., milk, eggs, bread), cleaning supplies, over-the-counter medicines, pet products, etc. All around most major cities, including New York City.
Deliv was founded in 2012 by Daphne Carmeli. They’re based out of Santa Monica, California. Deliv provides deliveries within most major cities around the United States, including New York City (Manhattan and Brooklyn), Los Angeles, Chicago, etc.
This is the exact same as what Instacart provides except on a much larger scale and more focused on groceries. You can get pretty much anything delivered from them, though.
Dolly was founded back in 2012 by Sean Young, Katherine Rotondi, and Aditya Rathnakumar. They’re based out of New York City (Manhattan).
They were founded by Apoorva Mehta in 2013 and are based out of New York City (Manhattan), Chicago, Boston & Toronto, Canada.
CitySprint was founded in 1986 by Tony Hooper and is based out of London, United Kingdom. They provide the same services that the rest of the companies listed here do, except that they deliver mostly everywhere throughout Europe & Russia.
With the increase in online shopping and the demand for fast, reliable delivery of goods, there has been a rise in last-mile delivery companies in eCommerce. The 11 we’ve highlighted here are all U.S based startups that offer some logistics service–ranging from pickup to drop off or even both services combined into one package; they also provide customers with shipping options such as USPS Priority Shipping or same-day FedEx Express Saver Delivery.