Desperate New Yorkers can now get their Etsy items delivered the same day they order them, though it comes at a steep price. “In partnership with on-demand logistics company, Postmates, we’re making it possible for buyers to discover, buy, and receive unique items direct from a local seller, all within the same or next day for a flat fee of $20,” Etsy announced on Monday.
A spokesperson for Etsy said the pilot is slated to run through the holiday season. Along with the new Etsy Local mobile experience, “which helps shoppers on-the-go find Etsy items and sellers nearby at events or local shops,” it is the latest example of Etsy’s efforts to foster and grow local marketplaces, she said.
Shoppers in parts of New York can explore over 5,000 products available for Etsy ASAP delivery on both desktop and mobile from the Etsy App. The pilot program is open to all of Etsy’s three main categories -vintage, handmade, and supplies. Once a shopper selects Etsy ASAP at checkout they can choose from three-hour delivery windows, based on the seller’s availability (orders placed after 7PM are eligible for next-day).
Shoppers can filter their searches to display only items available for Etsy ASAP delivery by selecting it under Delivery Options on desktop, or as a filter on mobile. Etsy ASAP will also appear on individual listing pages as well as within the cart at checkout.
“Products will change throughout the pilot period,” Etsy wrote in its announcement, “so shoppers can check back regularly to see what shops are newly offering delivery through Etsy ASAP, or what new items are being offered.”
And what about sellers? Etsy said they have total control through the Postmates API. “After a seller receives an order, they can request a pickup straight from their Etsy Orders page, and Postmates will find a nearby courier to fulfill the delivery.
“Sellers can see the progress of the assigned courier, and once the package is picked up, both the shopper and seller can track in real-time from the Etsy app or desktop site until the package is delivered.”
Etsy ASAP is available now to shoppers based in Manhattan, parts of Brooklyn, and Queens.