Student takes on supermarkets with own delivery service

Students can get their shopping delivereds straight to their halls of residence
Students can get their shopping delivereds straight to their halls of residence

An entrepreneurial student hacked off with hefty prices at a nearby store has launched his own grocery delivery business to help save fellow students from skintdom.

Sam Harris, 21, has set up Student Savers which delivers discounted groceries to students in Edinburgh from a shopping list featuring over 1800 products.

The business was the brainchild of Glenrothes man Sam Harris, who is currently a student at Edinburgh Napier University

The business was the brainchild of Glenrothes man Sam Harris, who is currently a student at Edinburgh Napier University

As Student Savers has grown Edinburgh Napier mechanical engineering student Sam – from Glenrothes - has roped in friends as employees to help with the finance, warehouse work and deliveries of the new business.

It currently delivers to student halls of residences across the capital, including Edinburgh Napier, Queen Margaret University and Heriot-Watt. But Sam hopes to expand the business to all students within the city.

“The business was born as a result of myself trying to handle my money better yet being subject to one of two options,’’ he said.

‘‘Either go to my closest store – which happened to be a very over-priced Sainsbury’s Local – or pay for my shopping to be delivered to me,” Sam explained.

“Being a student, like many, every penny is a prisoner.”

The service appeals to the tighter budgets of students offering free next day delivery as well as the cheaper products.

The new business is already gaining support garnering positive feedback from satisfied customers.

Edinburgh Napier student Craig Robertson said: “Genius. Saved so much money on my shopping already and it’s delivered right to me!”

Making waves with the unique start-up business, Sam was pegged by Entrepreneurial Spark website as one of Scotland’s top rising entrepreneurs in 2014.

Student Savers work with wholesale suppliers Booker/Makro under an exclusive supply agreement. This allows the business to utilise manufacturer price marking and promotions to offer all the goods sold on the website, at prices that are very competitive and often below the norm price - called ‘student prices’.

The business works closely with the universities and has established fixed collection points within the accommodation which act as an order exchange point. Rather than trying to locate the students within a block of 1000’s and spending a lot of time trying to reach them, the collection zone in the centre of the accommodation, gives students 20 minutes to collect their goods, ensuring drivers can swiftly zoom off to the next delivery.