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April 05, 2016

Favor delivery app launches in Philly, offers free first-time delivery

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A "runner" from Favor, a newly launched delivery app in Philadelphia.

Behold: The tech world has developed yet another way to leave your Netflix binge-watching uninterrupted.

Favor, the fast-growing delivery app that sends "runners" on missions to pick up your takeout (Think: all those favorite locales that don't deliver), laundry or miscellaneous essentials, launched its services today (April 5) in Philadelphia. It's the third East Coast city to receive the app and 23rd in total, as the Austin-based startup targets a presence in 50 cities by the end of 2016.

The app works with local businesses – everywhere from Federal Donuts to CVS, in the case of Philly – to feature local items available for pickup. Importantly, however, it doesn't limit delivery options to Favor's own portfolio of partners: Through an "Order Anything" button, users can enter a location and list items to be picked up. Favor's delivery assistants charge items to a company credit card, and the user receives an itemized receipt via email shortly after. The user then has 48 hours to resolve payment before being charged automatically. 

The app simplifies cost of delivery by charging a flat $5 fee for all orders. Favor claims an average delivery time of 35 minutes.

Stretching north to south, the delivery area in Philly covers the Navy Yard to parts of Kensington. East to west, it covers Society Hill to Spruce Hill. The service operates from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Anyone interested in giving it a test run can receive their first delivery free by using the promo code "LOVEPHILLY" upon signup. The app is available for free on both Android and iOS.