Friday, December 21, 2012

Business model

I have an idea for a business.

It's a delivery service.

It delivers to hospital patients.

Not flowers. Not Mylar balloons. Not stuffed animals. Not baskets of waxy fruit. Those things are all well and good, and plenty of people like and appreciate them. But that's not what my business would deliver.

My business would involve sending a person to a grocery store nearest to the hospital in question on the day of delivery, where they would pick up the following:

1. Three current issues of the recipient's favorite magazines (commonly available-- unless there's a Barnes and Noble nearby, which could be visited for an additional fee if the recipient really wants his/her Skeptical Inquirer or Utne Reader).
2. Five assorted pastries from the bakery.
3. A bottle of red wine in the $12-15 price range, with a screw cap lid.
4. A deli tray. Something with an assortment of cheeses, possibly meats as well, and some nice crackers. If not all of these are available in one package, the runner could pick up a box of Wheat Thins.

The runner would then purchase these items, place them all in a big paper bag with the recipient's name on it, and deliver them to the recipient-- with a note from the sender explaining how much he or she would really like to be there, having picked up these things him or herself, but unfortunately distance, time, and/or finances are just too much of an impediment.

This service would be reasonably priced, to offset the latter concern.

It would be called Send-a-Friend.

Oh, and there would have to be an app for it. You know, because.


  1. Yeah, that business?

    Its called friendship.

  2. That sounds awesome! Let me know how it works. Maybe you could use a rep in Colorado Springs?

  3. Gretchen,

    I really like this idea and would be more than willing to cover my local area if you wanted.
    Please feel free to get in touch via reply or email / Google+.
    Merry Christmas.
    - Jake

  4. Could you offer drone delivery?


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