Noah Stebbins and Andrew Jenkelunas, both members of the Class of 2018, want what most college students want: to make some extra cash and to do so creatively.
During a meeting this fall, they brainstormed various ideas and eventually landed on one: a fast-food delivery service. Students cannot miss the posters plastered around dorms and the campus-wide emails that have been sent out. To Stebbins and Jenkelunas, this endeavor “would be the most successful and feasible plan we could pursue.”
They named their service S&J Delivery, after the initials of their last names. Stebbins and Jenkelunas, the sole delivery people, both use their own cars to fill orders.
After some assessment, S&J Delivery decided Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s were the most logical candidates for their service. Dunkin’ Donuts seemed more attractive than Starbucks because of its wider food menu. Given McDonald’s is one of the few area restaurants that is open 24 hours a day, it also seemed to be a good choice for a late night delivery service. There are two McDonald’s and two Dunkin’ Donuts locations all close to campus, two miles away at the most.
S&J Delivery offers burgers, fries, ice cream, and milkshakes from McDonald’s on Friday and Saturday nights. Delivery times are 10:30 pm, 11:30 pm, and 12:30 am. You can order donuts, coffee, Coolattas, or whatever else you may want from Dunkin’ Donuts at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Stebbins and Jenkelunas use a cellphone system to track deliveries. Customers can text their name, room number, and order to 207-400-6737 or 860-729-6967, and then their food will arrive at the nearest delivery time. Customers can either pay with cash or by using the Venmo app.
Stebbins and Jenkelunas believe that, since Domino’s and Papa John’s delivery can take up to an hour, their service is more appealing because of their frequent delivery times. This service is also ideal for those students that lack late night transportation.
On top of the meal cost, there is a $4 delivery fee for all Mcdonald’s deliveries, as well as a $2 delivery fee with your Dunkin Donuts coffee orders and a $3 fee if you order coffee and food.
Although this may seem like a steep price for fast food, the duo reasoned that since Bobcat Den Delivery charges $3 for on-campus delivery, students would be willing to pay as much as $1 more for off-campus delivery. They also provide different delivery times than Den Delivery does.
S&J Delivery is looking forward to joining the Burrito Guys, the Gelato Team, and Bobcat Den Delivery as yet another student entrepreneurial venture.
Stebbins and Jenkelunas said, “We can’t wait to see what the future holds.” If all goes well with the initial phase, S&J has plans to expand to a weekday service and expand the food options to include other nearby restaurants.