Student Delivery Service provides convenience, discounts

Kate Carrubba

Five Villanova business students have started the Pick-Me-Up Campus Delivery Service as part of an entrepreneurship program. Seniors Elizabeth Barlow and Karen Gandara and juniors Karen Palmisano, Dominick Paragano and Devin Raymond operate the program that offers dorm necessities sold at bulk prices and features delivery directly to one’s room.

The service is geared towards freshmen and sophomores who find it hard to get off campus for food and other necessities. According to the developers of the service, students will be able to stock up on essential items for less money than in on-campus stores, with the added benefit of direct delivery.

The organizers say the Pick-Me-Up Campus Delivery Service is intended to be a cheaper alternative to on-campus sites such as 2nd Storey and the Donahue Market.

The lower prices of the Pick-Me-Up products result from the entrepreneurs’ ability to purchase in bulk, and some prices are as much as 50 percent lower than those of the competitors, according to Paragano.

For example, the Pick-Me-Up per-unit breakdown price for a bottle of water is $.59, compared with $1.09 at the other sites, according to Gandara.

The Pick-Me-Up product list covers only the basics. Drinks such as Gatorade, Deer Park Spring Water and Starbucks Mocha Frappuccinos are sold by the case. Available food items include Kraft Easy Mac, Kellogg’s Pop Tarts, a variety of potato chips and Dunkaroos, which are by far the most popular item, according to Barlow.

Plastic cups and Lysol sanitizing wipes are also sold. Because of the popularity of Dunkaroos, the organizers are planning to offer more classic snacks, such as Gushers and Fruit by the Foot, as well as other items not offered on campus.

The product list and order forms can be found on the program’s Web site, There is a $5 delivery charge, and students must pay with a credit card through PayPal.

Deliveries are available on Thursday and Sunday on West Campus from 2:30-3:30 p.m., on Main Campus from 4-5 p.m. and on South Campus from 5:30-7 p.m. Students must bring a credit card for verification when picking an order up.

At the delivery locations, students can purchase cases of Deer Park water and Gatorade with their WildCard as well. Order are taken directly to students’ rooms.

Because of the requirements of the entrepreneurship program, all of the service’s profits for this semester go to charity.

The founders attribute the program’s success to aggressive marketing tactics, such as placing flyers and magnets on the doors of freshman and sophomore rooms.

While Pick-Me-Up Campus Delivery Service was created in order to fulfill the requirements for an entrepreneurship program, Barlow, Gandara, Palmisano, Paragano and Raymond said they would like to see the service continue on in the future.