With the increase of online shopping this holiday season, Santa’s getting some extra help this year, and we’re not talking about the elves. Houstonians can shop and not worry about their packages being delivered on time for Christmas with Lalamove, a delivery app that offers same-day delivery within one to two hours, perfect for last-minute shoppers.
Established in 2013, the Hong Kong-based Lalamove operates in 21 cities across the world, including Chicago and Dallas in the United States. It opened up Houston services in October.
How it works: Lalamove operates similarly to apps like Uber and Lyft. Businesses and individuals can use the program for practically any type of delivery service, like food and beverages, retail, and manufacturing. Because packages are not going through the mail, shoppers don't have to worry about hefty weight charges.
On the app you can sign up for a time, set a pick-up location for your item and a drop-off address—you can even add multiple drop-off locations. Plus, you can track your item, check ongoing and completed orders, and add favorite drivers.
Also as with Uber, you can choose the type of vehicle that picks up your item—options include sedan, SUV, or pickup truck. Prices differ depending on the vehicle and how many stops are made. Base prices for sedans, for example, start at $8.90, meaning you could potentially save a whole bunch of money this holiday season while also supporting your favorite local business.