Delivery is a beautiful thing. You order, you pay, your item arrives. It's a novel idea that caters to your efficient side, or the core of your laziness. Regardless of why you love these services, it's hard to ignore how much they have improved our lives when we need them most (busy, don’t want to move from the coziness of the couch) by bringing our items right to us.
Here are six unique delivery services every [lazy] efficient person will love.
Craving food from your favorite restaurant or need to pick up a few things from the store but don't feel like leaving your house? Postmates, a Web and mobile app, is a unique delivery service that gives you the freedom to get exactly what you want from stores and restaurants that don't have their own delivery service. Have a craving at 2 a.m. or need something important? Postmates is available 24 hours a day, every day, and allows customers to order everything from pizza and prescriptions to shoes and tech products and have them delivered in under an hour. Deliveries are made by couriers called Postmates, who travel by bike, scooter, car or truck, and the service charges a delivery fee that starts at $5 and varies based on the distance couriers have to travel, as well as a service fee of 9 percent of the purchase price of your items.
Drizly is a business that can come in very handy if you're throwing a party and just realized you're out of alcohol, or if you're hosting a dinner and don't have enough wine. The app, which is available on Android devices, iPhones and the Web, allows customers to order items for delivery like wine, beer, liquor, mixers and garnishes; and party supplies like ice, plastic cups and bottle openers, so you can stock up without going anywhere. Simply order what you need, pay for it via the app or website and a driver will deliver your items in less than one hour. Drizly does not charge a markup on products, and you can even use the service to send booze as a gift and schedule deliveries up to 48 hours in advance. If you're in New York, there's no additional charge for delivery, but in other cities the service charges a $5 delivery fee. [5 Unique Businesses That Make Gift Giving Easier ]
Now that you have the wine, it's time to create a balanced menu. If ordering food isn't your thing, Blue Apron will deliver fresh ingredients to your door weekly to create a delicious, healthy meal. Blue Apron offers a two-person for $59.94 per week plan and family-sized plan for $69.92. Meal options consist of Korean pork tacos, crispy salmon or spiced cauliflower among others, which change week-to-week. The website provides a detailed breakdown of the weekly menu. When you click on a specific menu item, it provides an itemized list of what you need, how to prep and videos on cooking the meal. According to the site, you can skip a week or cancel at any time with a week's notice, and delivery is always free.
Hate going to the mall and going shopping but aren't sure where to start when it comes to online shopping? Stitch Fix is here to assist men and women looking to be fashionable, without having to ever step foot in a mall. After signing up for the service, fill out a profile with your size, style, shape, budget and lifestyle. Next, choose a delivery date that best suits you. When your Stitch Fix Stylist selects your items, you will be charged a $20 styling fee, which will be credited toward anything you keep from your shipment. After you get your items, you have three days to try on the clothes, keep what you want and send back the rest. You're only charged for what you keep.
Whether you always forget to drop off your dry cleaning, don't have a washing machine in your home or just hate doing laundry, Washio can help. Washio is a dry cleaning and laundry service that will pick up your dirty laundry and deliver clean clothes to your door within 24 hours. The service is available on the Web and has an iPhone and Android app, and customers can have their laundry picked up any time from early morning to late at night (though the company does have a slightly longer turnaround for weekends, as the staff works reduced hours.) Simply select a 30-minute time window during which a Washio "ninja" will come pick up your laundry, as well as a delivery window for later. For your first order, Washio will give you bags for separating your items along with instructions, and the bags are yours to keep. Bonus: Your Washio ninja will bring you a cookie when he or she picks up your clothes.
Instacart is a grocery delivery service that is perfect if you don't have time to go to the store yourself or can't get to the store for other reasons. You can shop online via the Web or mobile app at a variety of stores, from small local shops to big stores like Whole Foods and Costco, and Instacart will then connect you with a personal shopper who will pick up the items on your list and deliver them to your door in less than an hour. The service operates between 9 a.m. and midnight every day, though that can change depending on the operating hours of the store you order from. Instacart uses special tote bags that you can keep or return to your next personal shopper to be reused. If you're interested in trying out Instacart, you can get your first delivery for free when you sign up. You can also purchase Instacart gift cards for others, or sign up for the service's annual membership, Instacart Express.
Additional reporting by Brittney Helmrich.