Few Georgetown students are not familiar with the inconvenience of purchasing bottled water, whether they lug cases from CVS or spend the money to buy bottles individually from a Corp location on campus.
Four Georgetown students decided to do something about this problem. New this semester, H2Bro Delivery is a student-run service that delivers beverage orders to residences on campus and in the surrounding area on Sunday afternoons. The service offers a wide variety of drinks available for one-time delivery or for a recurring subscription.
“The basic premise of our operation is to hydrate the entire Georgetown campus,” said Andrew Pence (SFS ’12), one of the founders of H2Bro.
Pence and the other founders of H2Bro, Brian Kim (COL ’12), Peter Hadjipateras (COL ’12) and Bowen Williams (SFS ’12), first thought of the idea during their freshman year, and have spent the past two semesters working out the logistics of their brainchild.
“It took a long time to get things started, but we’re really glad that we actually pulled through with it,” Kim said.
Since their company launched in 2009, the group says their average volume of customers has been around 10 per week. The number fluctuates because some students place a one-time order of 10 cases, while others have weekly orders.
An appealing aspect of this operation is that students can place their orders online conveniently without leaving their rooms. Their Web site has a variety of beverage options.
Payment options include by credit card, secured by the online payment system PayPal, cash or check. The company’s goal is to make it as easy as possible for students to place their orders and receive their beverages.
“We hope to save the time and hassle it takes for students to bring back beverages in bulk from local places such as Wisey’s, [Vital Vittles] and [Hoya Snaxa],” Pence said.
In the future, the students say they are looking to expand their service to include snacks. H2Bro is soliciting suggestions on its Web site for other beverages and items that students would like to see made available.