The milkman is making his rounds in Mountain Top, Penn.
Good2Go is enhancing its convenience offering by providing residents the option of having fresh, all-natural and organic products delivered directly to their front doors.
When partners Awais Ahmad, V.J. George and Thomas Job opened the store in September 2008, they had no idea how popular their fresh, glass-bottled milk from Hillside Dairy would become with consumers.
“Hillside Dairy products are well recognized, and it’s kind of an old-standing traditional company here. They have their own cows, and no additional hormones are added to the milk, so it’s completely fresh and natural, and people know who they are,” said V.J. George, senior partner and president. “We started using their milk in our store and it was a big success, so that’s where the idea kind of sprung up about doing a home delivery.”
The delivery service is a first for the area and began at the end of May in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, “where we feel the market will demand this home delivery,” George said.
Customers seem happy to pay the $3 delivery fee. The company’s fleet of 10 trucks makes the weekday deliveries.
The delivery service is allowing the store to expand its customer reach without having to open additional stores. Once the delivery service gets underway, the partners plan to consider extending it to more routes in various nearby counties.
“Already we have 150 people signed up, and everyday more and more customers are inquiring or signing up at the stores,” George said.
New Business Model
As evident by the number of people who have requested the service already, consumer feedback has been very strong.
“Today, if you look at the lifestyle of a family both the husband and wife are working, so it is very difficult to (find time to) get the right products, and not all stores have organic products, so that is the convenience proposition we are providing,” George said.
In addition to milk, the service also offers organic ice cream, butter and cheese, organic beef from grass-fed cattle, free-range organic chicken and fresh baked bread from local bakeries. As time goes on, the company may also begin offering regular products alongside the organic and all-natural options.
“We feel it will be a successful venture and hope to double our business to at least 300 customers by the end of this year,” George said. Three hundred may be a modest number considering the popularity the delivery option is currently generating. But, George noted that as they gain new requests, he also estimated about 2% of the original customers will cancel the service during the same period.
Good2Go has been carrying organic and healthful products in its store since day one. George credited changing lifestyles, driven by the media, which has preached the need for healthful foods in the battle to prevent diseases, such as cancer. Consumers are looking for more all-natural or organic foods that will be healthy. In addition, young professionals are busier than ever and depend on being able to get these products conveniently from their local c-store.
Now in Mountain Top, Pa., they can get them delivered to their doorsteps.