By Cynthia Washicko
Oregon coast’s newest delivery service started with a rainy day and a bet.
Bring It, a delivery service set to launch in late March got its roots when Aliz Smith-Dabah and her husband were reluctant to leave the house to get food on a rainy day. That sparked a bet to determine who would be leaving the house and a search to find a delivery service to bring the food to them. That fruitless search grew into the idea for Bring It, the couple’s newest business venture.
The convenience of delivery will be a boon in the area during inclement weather and the busy tourist season when crowds of visitors make travelling through traffic unpleasant, Smith-Dabah said.
“We like to keep things in the community so we just thought that it would be a great idea just to help out, create jobs, bring more jobs here and fill that need,” she said.
Part of that commitment to the community extends to law enforcement, she said. Delivery within in the business’ delivery range will be waived for law enforcement personnel.
Bring It will operate from Astoria to Cannon Beach, Smith-Dabah said, and provide same-day delivery to customers on a tiered cost scale — nearby deliveries will cost customers $10, service to the next city over will cost $20 and trips to Cannon Beach will cost $30. The company will deliver food, groceries, documents and other items to businesses and individuals, she said.
It’s possible that Bring It will expand beyond its current boundaries, she said, but for now she’s focusing on getting the business running and making it successful from Astoria to Cannon Beach before pushing delivery boundaries farther.
“We’ve learned that we don’t want to carry ourselves out with too much from the very beginning, we want to make sure that this area is perfected and then we can expand,” she said.
When it starts, three employees will run deliveries, but that number will likely increase with demand, Smith-Dabah said. For now Bring It will use a van and truck for larger deliveries, with plans to add scooters to the repertoire for smaller, faster runs, she said.
As of late February, close to 20 businesses had signed on with Bring It, Smith-Dabah said. She has yet to start adding individual customers, but that will come later as word of the service gets out, she said. She said eventually she expects individuals to make up the bulk of the customers using Bring it.
“The problem right now is, individuals don’t know about our service,” she said. “Word of mouth has always been a way of how we spread the word about ourselves.”
For nor Smith-Dabah is focusing on signing up prospective customers and getting the Bring It website up and running, she said.