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OMG, Chipotle Is Finally Offering Delivery (Thanks to Postmates)

Bubble burster: A burrito may cost $20.

Jason Del Rey has been a business journalist for 15 years and has covered Amazon, Walmart, and the e-commerce industry for the last decade. He was a senior correspondent at Vox.

It’s April 22, not April 1, so I’m not messing with you: Chipotle is finally offering delivery.

The company revealed on its earnings call this week that it has signed a deal with the startup Postmates to deliver its oblong gut bombs to your apartment or office door.

“There have been a lot of people that have been delivering Chipotle through various services over the years,” the company’s chief creative officer said, according to a transcript of the call. “And we’ve tried to in a lot of cases shut them down, because we weren’t sure whether the quality was going to be sufficient or whether they were following our rules. This is different because we’ve made an official deal with Postmates and they have been delivering Chipotle for quite a while, too.”

He said the service is available in about two dozen metro areas. Orders can be placed through the Postmates app or website.

Postmates had already been allowing its customers to order stuff from Chipotle, but without an official deal with the chain. CEO Bastian Lehmann told me on Twitter that Postmates delivered $500,000 worth of Chipotle orders in the first quarter of this year alone. He declined to provide details on what will change now that the two companies are officially working together.

The deal is the second giant one for Postmates, coming shortly after Starbucks selected Postmates as its delivery partner. But it comes as the delivery service just parted ways with its recently hired COO. And it also comes with some questions about pricing. I just tried to order an $8 Chipotle burrito from Postmates and was told it would cost $20 with delivery and service fees.

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I’ll update this post if I get more details on the partnership, including whether pricing will be different from what I experienced above.

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