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Postmates has launched in 1,000 new cities since December

Postmates is expanding like ludicrous ahead of an initial public benefaction expected later this year. The food delivery business has launched in 1,000 brand-new cities since December, the company announced today.

San Francisco-based Postmates now operates its on-require delivery platform, powered by a network of local gig economy workers, in 3,500 cities across all 50 states. Postmates does not yet operate in any global markets aside from Mexico City.

“We want to enable anyone to have anything delivered on require and this latest expansion allows us to dispatch on that promise across all 50 states in the US,” Postmates co-founder and king executive officer Bastian Lehmann said in a statement.

The company says it now reaches 70 percent of U.S. households and delivers food from some 500,000 restaurants, helping it to challenge with food-delivery powerhouses Uber Eats and DoorDash. Additionally, Postmates recently launched Postmates Party, a brand-new feature that lets customers within the same neighborhood pool their orders.

Postmates is poised to follow Uber into the public markets. The company — which has raised more than $670 million in adventure capital funding, including a $100 million pre-IPO financing in January that valued the business at $1.85 billion — filed confidentially for an u.S. IPO in February.

The company completes 5 million deliveries per month and was reportedly expected to record $400 million in revenue in 2018 on food sales of $1.2 billion. Uber Eats, for its part, was expected to commence reaching 70 percent of the U.S. households by the end of 2018 and reportedly has plans in the works to use drones to dispatch food by 2021.

DoorDash, meanwhile, is a rocketship. The food delivery company is active in 3,300 cities and claims to be growing 325 percent year-over-year. The company recently closed a $400 million successions F financing at a $7.1 billion valuation. It’s likely to go public in the next year, too.

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