“Students who don’t have cars can’t make those midnight runs for milk for their cereal, so they really like the idea,” says Sarah Green, a junior business management and entrepreneur major from St. Louis. She came up with the idea while working with Xavier’s entrepreneurial center. She tapped fellow Xavier student Craig Campbell’s talent for developing web sites to get the idea off the ground.
“We customized the software and put in the products,” explains Campbell, a junior information systems major from Perrysburg, Ohio. “We use PayPal to manage the payments.”
There are about 200 products to choose from, including snacks, frozen food and produce. Green and Campbell hope to have 500 products online by the end of the semester.
The two entrepreneurs handle all the orders. They make a daily trip to Kroger in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Hyde Park to buy the products, then sort them and make deliveries. They deliver within a one-mile radius of campus to students, faculty and staff for a $5 delivery fee.
“As the business grows we will have to add more shoppers,” says Green. “We also intend to keep the business web based. That way we don’t have to deal with inventory.”
Green and Campbell are advertising their new enterprise throughout campus with fliers and word of mouth.
Muskie Market is just one of a handful of student-run businesses at Xavier University. Last fall, students opened X-press Laundry Service, which picks up and delivers student laundry and dry cleaning. Additionally, Victory Perk, the coffee shop in the Gallagher Student Center is now managed and staffed by students. FliX, the student-operated video/DVD rental store is still going strong after being in business for several years.