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Rafeal Ilishayev and Yakir Gola create goPuff to deliver goodies 24×7

goPuff has fast delivery and is one of the fastest-growing digital retailers.

SNS | New Delhi |

How many times did it happen that we need a snack at two AM or forget to pick up ibuprofen the last time we went to the store? Most food delivery services do not have the convenience of ordering at any time of the day or night. goPuff solves this problem. goPuff is an app and website that functions 24/7 in nearly 100 cities across the United States.

goPuff has fast delivery and is one of the fastest-growing digital retailers. Within 3 minutes, a goPuff account can be created and an order placed to service areas by simply logging onto their website and browsing through their variety of useful and tasty products. goPuff currently features a collection of over 3000 products from Advil to cleaning supplies.

goPuff has a set service price of $1.95 which makes it feasible to use during rush-hour or at 2 am. The app is available in many cities 24/7 or at least open until 2 am. Some cities also supply alcohol as well.

Hip-Hop star Meek Mill uses goPuff on tour for goodies like chips, snacks, and soda. At the recent “Made in America festival,” a-list stars like Lizzo, Travis Scott, and Cardi B made their way to goPuff.

Professional sports stars like basketball players Danny Green and James Harden have also used the service on-the-go between games for their cravings. Even LaLa Anthony was seen using goPuff on the set in Chicago.

goPuff has central warehouse facilities where the goodies are distributed directly from the warehouse to the consumer. With 24-hour service options seven days a week, in the bigger markets, goPuff is a convenient and easy way to get snacks delivered anytime.

In 2013, during their sophomore year, Rafeal Ilishayev and Yakir Gola were only twenty-year-olds when they were inspired to start goPuff. The pair attended Drexel University in Philadelphia where they discovered that college students do not have time to waste. The need for an on-demand delivery app came from realizing that much of their studying time was broken up by making runs to the store for snacks and essentials. Starting small, the young men would skip their classes by using the excuse of using the bathroom to go out around campus on deliveries. Both founders are now seen lecturing on their campus and teaching students like they once were about becoming entrepreneurs.

Gola commented, “Rafael and I started the business with a small selection of convenience products and after immediate interest on campus, we realized that the convenience store industry needed to be turned on its head. People no longer considered the convenience store to be convenient and we felt we had found the way to revolutionize that space.”

With the need in mind, the young business partners began developing their app ideas at the back of their business notebooks. They spent day and night developing the app and eventually delivering their own goodies around the campus in their Plymouth Voyager from where the business expanded.

Currently, goPuff services in over 90 markets with nearly 1000 employees, there are no surge fees and a flat service fee. The average delivery takes around thirty minutes.

The young founders have featured in Forbes in 2017, “30 Under 30” and Target Magazine’s “Target Marketer of the Year.” With all this attention to marketing, they have also hosted a pop-up at the Made in America Festival on August 31- September 1 in Philadelphia.

Studying for an exam at two-in-the-morning or like LaLa Anthony’s set-delivery, goPuff makes anything accessible in a convenient way and eradicates the need for a third-party-pickup.