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Got an ecommerce idea? This startup has a shipping API to help you out

Every day, y’all — every dang day — we hear about a new Something-as-a-Service for developers. But this one’s actually intriguing.

Postmaster is a new TechStars company, and its entire purpose is to give ecommerce developers/entrepreneurs a way to sidestep all the drama and pathos that comes with shipping small packages. Given the current hotness that is subscription commerce startups (see: MeUndies), it makes a heck of a lot of sense.

The Postmaster RESTful API will let you programmatically create shipments, track packages, validate addresses, integrate with FedEx and UPS and USPS — all that super-fun, administrative-nightmare stuff. But instead of using your wasted youth and a choked sob to get the job done, you can just use standard HTTP verbs and client libraries for Python, Ruby, PHP, Java, and Go (hah! someone’s showing off).

“There’s been a ton of innovation around all aspects of retail and ecommerce — payments, storefronts, UX and UI — everything except for shipping logistics,” said Postmaster cofounder and CEO Jesse Lovelace in a statement on the news.

“Carrier integration is extremely cumbersome, and their APIs are out of date. Postmaster wants to not only make this process easier than ever before, but by harnessing shipping data and analytics, ensure that every shipment is optimized, routed, and billed as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.”

It’s a beautiful dream, Jesse; you chase that dream, son.

The service has tiered pricing ranging from free to $50 per month; that’ll get most commerce/physical product startups off the ground. After you hit the 1,000 packages mark, you get bumped into a bulk pricing bracket.

Postmaster was founded in 2012 and is based in Austin, Texas.


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