Shopping, minus the trip

By Abby Rhodes
September 7, 2011

Muscling out the last drops from a shampoo bottle or exhausting the final, powdery dregs of a breakfast cereal box usually signals the need for a shopping trip. But for Bradley students whose academic and social to-do lists are jam-packed, taking care of the grocery list isn’t always easy.

For those living in Bradley’s residence halls, the solution is just a few clicks away. A new online shopping service called mygofer can turn this morning’s empty mini fridge into this afternoon’s stocked suite. A division of Sears Holding Corporation, mygofer offers 50,000 items ranging from bottled water and energy drinks to toiletries, electronics, school supplies, laundry soap, and even clothes.

Orders placed by noon will be delivered by 3 p.m. the same day. Prices of mygofer products are comparable to those found in big box retailers and orders of $20 or more are delivered free of charge. Payment may be made with credit cards, debit cards or PayPal.

“Our philosophy is, ‘convenience is namesake,’” said Sam Figg, a business sales developer for mygofer. “This will help students keep focused on campus life without the hassle of worrying about taking a trip off campus to go shopping.”

Malakai Szczepaniak ’14, an assistant resident advisor in University Hall, recently tried out the service so he could share his experience with other students on his floor.

“I ordered some sodas and found the process to be very convenient and quick once I registered,” Szczepaniak said. “If you’re running short on time, or don’t have a car on campus, it’s a really nice option.”

For parents of Bradley students, the one-stop-shopping experience is putting a modern, easier twist on the age-old tradition of sending care packages. Indeed, Figg noted that many of the orders placed so far have been made by moms and dads.

“It’s a good way for parents to help students keep a healthy lifestyle while they’re away from home,” Figg said. “Rather than giving a lump sum of cash and not knowing how the money is being spent, mygofer allows parents to send the essentials.”

Visit Bradley’s custom mygofer site to register and check out the thousands of items available for quick purchase and same-day delivery.