DALLAS, March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 5miles (5milesapp.com), one of the nation's fastest-growing mobile marketplace apps, today announced new features for Android and iOS devices to better engage its budding community of more than six million buyers and sellers nationwide. Dallas-based 5miles is the first mobile marketplace to introduce a distinct services offering, which it now is enhancing with in-app appointment booking.
The new appointment feature will allow users to communicate with a service provider or other seller about mutual availability, and then schedule an appointment through the 5miles app. Both parties will receive an automatic calendar notification on their mobile devices, complete with details such as the appointment date, time, location, pricing, and service provider/seller contact information. A reminder notification also gets generated automatically.
"Last fall we were the first mobile marketplace to introduce categories for local services, housing and jobs listings," 5miles founder and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Lucas Lu said. "Since then, services have become a core part of 5miles' offering, amounting to nearly five percent of all transactions in the app—that's tens of millions of dollars—since services debuted in October. To make transactions even more seamless for our users, we're simplifying the items and services transaction process to include all communication within the app: listing, messaging and now scheduling appointments – all in order to limit the volume of phone calls and email exchanges."
New appointment booking capabilities will enhance the app's full-category goods and services offering, which now includes a new "Donate" section where users can post items they would like to give away. These added features are designed to facilitate more local transactions between buyers and sellers. With the scheduling solution, 5miles aims to provide a more helpful, convenient sales platform for users end-to-end.
5miles launched in Dallas in January 2015, setting itself apart with an easy-to-use mobile interface, identity verification capabilities for added safety and security, and hyper-local curation of offerings – all within 5miles. In its first year of operation, buyers and sellers in major markets coast-to-coast have transacted more than $1 billion in merchandise through 5miles. The app is ranked routinely in the top 10 of all shopping apps on Google Play and boasts a growing adoption rate with iOS users via the App Store. To learn more, visit 5milesapp.com.
5miles is a hyper-local mobile marketplace app, one of the nation's fastest-growing online shopping ventures in only a year of operation. It is the first app of its kind to include services, housing and jobs, in addition to second-hand trading. Putting a premium on safety and security, 5miles does not permit personal information on an item description, offering instead a proprietary messaging system that keeps contact information private. The 5miles app is free to download and available now in all major markets across the U.S.