New business by Oak Harbor man plans to deliver

Robert Sanders

A man, a car and a cell phone. That sums up Island Delivery, a new service offered by Oak Harbor native Robert Sanders, 26. Call or text him any time, any day, and he’ll drive to pick up whatever you need and deliver it wherever you want, so long as it’s an Oak Harbor address.

“I’d like to see the business flourish,” said Sanders, who’s married with a 3-year-old son. “I’d like to be busy day and night.”

His rates are certainly reasonable: $5 minimum for fast-food and convenience store deliveries, $10 minimum for deliveries outside of Oak Harbor city limits and $10 minimum for grocery and errand-list deliveries of 10 items or less.

To those charges, Sanders adds $5 per hour for each hour the delivery is made between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., for a maximum addition of $30. From that maximum, he subtracts $5 per hour for each hour the delivery is made between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Prices are negotiated before he steps into his car, to make sure there are no misunderstandings. “Tips are very welcome,” he said. “I like tips.”

Sanders holds an associate’s degree in business administration and a certificate in accounting, but he hasn’t had any luck landing jobs in that field, he said. Besides, his wife works full-time and he wants to be a stay-at-home — or a stay-in-car — dad.

“I can just put my son in the car with me on deliveries,” he said.

He’d like to earn enough to pay back five-digit student loans and earn his bachelor’s degree before he’s 30. To ramp up the business, he’s considering buying a truck so he can do bigger deliveries. He plans to call on retirement homes, which he figures have many residents who need errands run. He’s researching marketing strategies, while currently relying mainly on classified ads and word of mouth. He’d like to expand into other parts of the island but still has to research whether that would require additional business licenses.

He currently holds an Oak Harbor license.

Island Transit’s free service is tough to compete with, Sanders conceded. But “time is money, and some people just don’t want to take their kids on the bus to pick up one or two items in bad weather. You can pay me five bucks and I’ll drop it off to you.”

Sanders stressed that he is honest and trustworthy. “I bring the package to the door stapled closed, with the receipt. I didn’t take any fries out of the bag. And I don’t get paid until I make the delivery.”

To contact Island Delivery, call or text 360-720-3678.